Neruomyths, Hillbilly Ellegy Bookclub, Antigonish 2.0, OER, and Memorization

Four neuromyths that are still prevalent in schools – debunked

From The Guardian. See if you can spot how the article actually engages in one of the neuromyths it highlights.

Antigonish 2.0

Antigonish 2.0 is a project about community capacity-building through a lens of citizenship and media literacy. Aimed at creating a regional hub of expertise and leadership, it is a collective, distributed initiative that re-visions the renowned adult education tradition of the Antigonish Movement for the 21st century. Learn more.

Open Education Textbooks

A quick reminder that OpenStax have a variety of OER textbooks for common courses. Some are revised and in their second edition, but, as aways, they’re free to use.

The MNState Online Faculty Book Club

“This new professional development activity is open to all faculty and staff. Through synchronous online meetings and asynchronous online activities, we’ll read Hillbilly Elegy and learn together how poverty impacts students and what we can do to lower barriers. The first meeting of the book group is Friday, February 24. You’ll need to get your own copy of the book, so don’t delay!” Learn more here.

Helping Student Memorize: Tips from Cognitive Science

Tomorrow’s Professor post. Hat tip to Erin Daly.



Fulbright opportunity and software carpentry.

Would you like to teach abroad?

Fulbright is looking for community college faculty to teach abroad. Come to a session by a former Fulbright teacher to Germany and Russia to learn ore. Monday, March 20th, Partnership Center: P 0840, 3-4 p.m. Flier here.

Software Carpentry Workshop

“In response to student interest in reducing textbook costs, the Minnesota Legislature set aside money to increase faculty awareness of Open Educational Resources.  As part of that effort, Winona State is hosting a Software Carpentry” workshop on March 6-7 on the Winona campus.  The Software Carpentry workshops are built around relevant, modern, open-source tutorials that could serve as meaningful drop-in units for many courses where a touch of computer automation could reduce the drudgery of data processing.”

Details here.


Hybrid teaching, CTL sessions, and round the horn trainings.

What is good teaching for Hyrbrid Classes?

Do you teach a class with reduced seat time, say 3 credits face-to-face and 1 credit online? Do you struggle to understand how to split the time to maximize student learning?

Come join a conversation with other instructors on how to be a better Hybrid Instructor.
A 2552, 3-4 p.m., Monday, January 30th.

Center for Teaching and Learning Sessions

Our final sessions will be March 20th and April 17th. One of those sessions will be on creating digitally accessible materials with Kathleen Coate. Stay tuned for more details.

Other fun training opportunities. 

The Minnesota Quality Initiative STAR Symposium is February 10th, 2017. See here.

Interleaving: An Evidence-Based Study Strategy

The Institute for Global Studies Professional Development at the University of Minnesota offers a variety of seminars this semester. See here .

All of the Minnesota Quality Initiative trainings are available here.





First 3 weeks of Class, eLearning Summit at Normandale, recent teaching studies.

101 Things You Can Do in the First Three Weeks of Class

From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


(From the Summit Homepage)

Normandale Community College
August 2-3, 2017
Bloomington, Minnesota

“What does recent pedagogical research tell us about elearning good practice? “

A power point presentation by Christina Petersen, Center for Educational Innovation, University of Minnesota. Key findings: videos less than 6 minutes will be viewed to completion, engaging students more boosts grades.