CTL Hour today! What you don’t know you don’t know about D2L.

Today, Oct. 16th from 3-4pm in A2552.

What you don’t know you don’t know about D2L.

Many gems exist in the maze of our learning management software.  This session will bring these gems to the surface for you to glean; some of these gems will be demonstrated, others will be described in detailed handouts that you can either take for another day, or schedule an individual training session to explore.  Either way, one thing’s for sure: there are things you don’t know you don’t know, but will really love.  Presented by Kathleen Coate and Sue Tischendorf.

Preview of topics

We will give highlights of the following tools:

-Awards
-Design templates for html files
-Office 365 integration
-User-friendly Checklists

Also at this session:

-D2L Time-saver tip sheet
-Handouts on Intelligent Agents, MediaSpace, Video Assignments, and more!

See you there!

 

Want to Improve Your Online Course?  Got 4 hours?

The next “Improving Your Online Course” workshop will be held on Friday, October 27th in Rochester, MN.  Sponsored by Quality Matters, this workshop is discounted to all Minn. State faculty for the stellar rate of $35. Got faculty development funds? Want help applying and registering?  Contact Kathleen Coate at kathleen.coate@normandale.edu for more info. Click here for the IYOC workshop flyer.

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Exciting News! CTL on D2L!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Our exciting news today is that the Center for Teaching and Learning has its own D2L page, named, appropriately, “Center for Teaching and Learning.”  This D2L page will be used as a repository for materials from CTL-sponsored events, making it easier for faculty to apply what they have learned in their own classrooms.  If you miss a CTL hour, no problem!  PowerPoint presentations, handouts, Common Book materials, teaching strategies, D2L resources, and the like can now all be found on this site.  You can also see reminders about upcoming events, including CTL hours and D2L training.

Thanks very much to Sue Tischendorf for getting this D2L page up and running!

Also, mark your calendars for next Monday’s CTL hour–“What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know About D2L,” held in A2552 from 3-4 pm.  Many hidden gems exist in the maze of our learning management software.  This session will bring these gems to the surface for you to glean; some of these gems will be demonstrated, others will be described in detailed handouts that you can either take for another day, or schedule an individual training session to explore.  Either way, one thing’s for sure: there are things you don’t know you don’t know, but will really love.  Presented by Kathleen Coate and Sue Tischendorf.

A few more notes of interest this week: Continue reading

Creating Open, Inclusive, and Accessible Classrooms

There is a lot of focus on open educational resources and accessible classrooms throughout the Minnesota State system this fall.  Here are some upcoming events that you might find interesting:

  • Tuesday, October 3, from 3-4 pm, Minnesota State is hosting a webinar designed to help support faculty around issues of accessibility and universal design.
  • If you are interested in considering open textbooks for your courses, you can get paid to do it!  After completing an introductory webinar on October 18, you review a textbook from the Open Textbook Library and then receive a small honorarium.  Here is information about how to register for this webinar and participate in this review process.
  • Minnesota State is also hosting two online learning circles in Spring 2018 for those looking for a more in-depth exploration of open education.  One learning circle focuses on collaboratively authoring an open textbook; the other looks at redesigning courses around no-cost course materials.  Applications for these learning circles are due October 20; faculty whose applications are accepted will receive release time for their participation in the learning circle.
  • Century College’s Institute of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy is creating several faculty cohorts to help faculty create inclusive classrooms with both high expectations and holistic support for students.  These cohorts are organized several times throughout the year; the cost for participating is $250.  Contact LuAnn Wood or Nickyia Cogshell for more information.

There is an updated schedule for the Friday Coffee Fixes with Kathleen Coate, our D2L trainer–take a look!  This upcoming Friday, we will be discussing Awards and Certificates, along with Intelligent Agents.  Join us in L1735 from 10-12 for coffee, snacks, and D2L advice!

Here are a few more upcoming events that might be of interest: Continue reading

D2L: What you don’t know you don’t know. And other dizzying intellect…

The first installment of “Friday Coffee Fix” was awesome!

Thanks to those who attended!  We drained the coffee pot and chatted about Discussions, Quizzes, and Turnitin.  Fun times.

This coming Friday, Sept. 29th is “BYOQ” – Bring Your Own Questions.  What do you want to know but are too busy to ask?  Want to find out what other faculty are asking about?  Come on down to L1735 between 10am-12pm.  Click here for the full schedule of topics for Fall 2017.

Can’t make it on Fridays?

No worries.  Each week has regular drop-in hours or appointment times available – no specific topic necessary.  Click here for Drop-in hours.

Also – the ITS Helpdesk supports both faculty and students with D2L questions (among their many other awesome services.)  Contact them directly at 952-358-8181, or submit a Ticket to AskUs – Employee Edition.

Next CTL Hour, Oct. 16th: “What you don’t know you don’t know about D2L”

Monday, Oct. 16th, 3-4pm, A2552

“What you don’t know you don’t know about D2L.”  Many hidden gems exist in the maze of our learning management software.  This session will bring these gems to the surface for you to glean; some of these gems will be demonstrated, others will be described in detailed handouts that you can either take for another day, or schedule an individual training session to explore.  Either way, one thing’s for sure: there are things you don’t know you don’t know, but will really love.  Presented by Kathleen Coate and Sue Tischendorf.

Want to Improve Your Online Course?  Got 4 hours?

The next “Improving Your Online Course” workshop will be held on Friday, October 27th in Rochester, MN.  Sponsored by Quality Matters, this workshop is discounted to all Minn. State faculty for the stellar rate of $35. Got faculty development funds? Want help applying and registering?  Contact Kathleen Coate at kathleen.coate@normandale.edu for more info. Click here for the IYOC workshop flyer.

D2L Survey!  

Got a quick minute? Tell us what you think about the new My Courses widget, and other features.  

(This is the same survey emailed from Sue Tischendorf on Friday, Sept. 22nd.)

The Minnesota State System Site Admin team has an opportunity to talk with D2L next week Friday, September 29th, about the My Courses widget. Please provide your feedback on the following topics by taking this short survey in D2L.

How are faculty adjusting to the new My Courses widget design?

What are faculty’s top wants?

How are students adjusting to the new widget?

To access the survey, log into D2L and then click one of the two links below.  This survey is anonymous and will be used to help define changes when possible to the improve the performance of the Learning Management features.

D2L My Courses Widget survey

https://normandale.ims.mnscu.edu/d2l/lms/survey/user/attempt/survey_start_frame.d2l?si=3724318&ou=1657

 Thanks for participating in the survey!!

 

Enjoy your week and…

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Teaching Students to Study Smarter, DACA Resources, and more!

failed testAre your students’ test and quiz scores lower than you hoped?  Are you surprised that they don’t seem to remember key information from the textbook?

The Center for Teaching and Learning can help!

Join us today, September 18, in A2552 from 3-4 pm to hear a panel of faculty from biology, nursing, reading, and psychology talk about metacognitive strategies that they use in their own classrooms to get their students to think about how they learn, rather than simply what they learn.

Then, you will have the chance to think about how you can implement some of these same ideas into your own classroom.  Hope to see you all there!

Here are a few additional reminders about resources and faculty development opportunities that you might find useful: Continue reading