D2L Drop-in hours, Friday Coffee Fix & extra resources!

D2L Brightspace – 3 great ways to get help.

  1. For in-person help from Kathleen Coate, D2L Trainer, drop-in to L1735 or make an appointment-  see hours below.
    (appointments not necessary, but recommended)
    Mon, 9am-11am; 1:30-3pm
    Tues, 9am-4pm
    Wed, 9am-11am

    Thurs, 9am-4pm

    D2L Help by appointment only:
    Tues, 4-6pm
    Wed, 2:30-6pm
    Fri, 3pm-4pm

    Contact Kathleen Coate directly at 952-358-8617 or kathleencoate@normandale.edu

     

  2. Contact the IT Helpdesk at 952-358-8181. Or submit a ticket through AskUs-Employee Edition.
  3. Go to “Helpdesks>Get MnSCU Help” in your D2L homeapge for up-to-date articles, links to D2L training pages, etc.

Friday Coffee Fix is back!

What: Specific features of online learning will be demonstrated and discussed.  Coffee & treats available in L1735.

When: New this semester –  Most Fridays will offer TWO sessions – 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.

Click here for the Spring 2018 Schedule

Two Friday sessions of note: Office 365 migration

This is crucial information if you are currently using Office 365 to store, create, or link documents.

Click here for more info about Office 365 migration, and plan to come to either the Feb. 9th or Feb. 23rd Friday Coffee Fix for support.

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And we’re off!

Welcome back everyone!  Here’s hoping your spring semester gets off to a great start this week!  We had some wonderful presentations and workshops for faculty development this past Friday during our development day–and if you have ideas for more workshops, presenters, or other faculty development opportunities this semester, please let one of the CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning) team know!

Just as a reminder, your CTL campus leaders are:

Humanities Division: Nina Rosenfeld
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Education Division: Amanda Hakemian
Health Sciences Division: Kristin Windschitl
Social Science, Business Division: Robert Frame and Bridget Reigstad

Campus CTL Leader: Jen Miller
Campus D2L Leader: Kathleen Coate

If your New Year’s resolution is to find ways to improve and expand your teaching (and even if it’s not!), here are some opportunities, both local and a bit farther away, that you might find interesting:

  • Minnesota State has several programs devoted to exploring open educational resources (OER).  For those looking to learn more about OER in general, this report from the Babson Survey Research Group provides a good overview of the current state of this trend within higher education.
  • Registration is open for the STAR Symposium, a one-day virtual conference on February 9 from 9 AM-4:30 PM.  This symposium has a full day of concurrent sessions on best practices and quality initiatives for improving teaching of all kinds, both in the classroom and online.  The registration fee is only $50 (and there are no travel costs!), so this is an easy way to spice up your teaching.
  • If you’re looking for something a bit farther away, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is hosting a 5-day seminar at Yellowstone Park from May 21-26, 2018, during which participants will not only learn about the history and current political conflicts surrounding the park, but also explore how to design courses that help students think about conflicts over public resources.  More information can be found here.

Also, if you feel like you have a pedagogical innovation that you would like to share–and maybe earn money for–Minnesota State is sponsoring two funding tracks for innovative practices or processes that contribute to student success, increased diversity and equality on our campuses, and the financial sustainability of our colleges and universities.  The first track offers up to $25,000 in a “Shark Tank” style competition; the second offers up to $10,000 for smaller projects that pilot new ideas or sustain existing innovations.  More information can be found in the “Innovation Funding” section of Minnesota State’s “Educational Innovations” webpage.

And last but not least, here is the schedule of D2L drop-in hours and Friday Coffee Fixes with our D2L leader, Kathleen Coate:

Drop-in hours (appointments not necessary, but recommended):

  • Mon, 9am-11am; 1:30-3pm
  • Tues, 9am-4pm
  • Wed, 9am-11am
  • Thurs, 9am-4pm
  • Fri, 9am-3pm (See Friday Coffee Fix schedule below)

By appointment only:

  • Tues, 4-6pm
  • Wed, 2:30-6pm
  • Fri, 3pm-4pm

Schedule for Friday Coffee Fixes, held from 10am-12pm in L1735
(Most sessions will repeat from 1-3pm)

  • Jan. 19th: Quizzes/Discussion groups
  • Feb. 2nd: Online/Hybrid delivery strategies – best practices
  • Feb. 9th: Office 365 – integration with D2L
  • Feb. 16th: BYOQ (Bring your own questions)
  • Feb. 23rd: Office 365- integration with D2L
  • Mar. 2nd: BYOQ
  • Mar. 16th: Managing groups in D2L – best practices
  • Mar. 23rd: BYOQ
  • Mar. 30th: Cloud migration and mobile ways to use D2L
  • Apr. 13th: D2L Connection: Minnesota Edition–all-day conference at Normandale
  • Apr. 27th: Gradebook

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  We at the Center for Teaching and Learning hope your 2018 is off to a wonderful start!

As you start to think about the start of the semester, here are some faculty development opportunities that you don’t want to miss.

For starters, Kathleen Coate is offering some D2L/Office 365/online learning training sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday:

Wednesday, Jan. 3rd
Location: P1804  (coffee and refreshments provided!)

9-11am Open lab/Drop-in questions
11am-12:30pm  Content Design
1-3pm MediaSpace/Video Assignments/Adobe Connect
3-4:30pm Office 365

Thursday, Jan. 4th
Location: P1804   (coffee and refreshments provided!)

9-11am  Open lab/Drop-in questions
11am-12:30pm Gradebook
1-3pm   Intelligent Agents/Awards
3-5pm   Open lab/Drop-in questions

You can find more details about these training options here.

Then, on Friday, January 5th, all faculty and staff are back on campus for our before-the-semester development day!  We are very excited to hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. Abdul Omari, who will be presenting on both leadership and recognizing bias.  Many of you have requested more training on culturally responsive pedagogy, and Dr. Omari is here to help!

Also, the Center for Teaching and Learning is sponsoring two additional sessions on Friday:

  • What To Do When You Aren’t Sure What To Do (10:45-11:45 in A2552)

    Both faculty and staff members have experienced situations involving a student where you aren’t quite sure what to do next. For example, what do you do for a student who describes being depressed but is already seeing a therapist? How should you respond when a student describes a violent threat made by another student? Often in situations like these, there is not one right way to proceed, which can make faculty and staff feel very unsure of themselves. In this session, members of the Behavioral Intervention Team and staff from Student Affairs will walk participants through several complicated scenarios based on real-life situations involving students, helping participants identify key decision points and possible courses of action so that they can feel more confident in how to respond in real-world scenarios.

  • Normandale Students from Around the World (12:00-12:45 in P0808)

    Normandale has students attending from all over the world–but how much do we know about the countries they are coming from? During this lunch panel sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, meet some of these students and hear more about their experiences in their countries of origin, as well as the unique perspectives they bring to our classes here at Normandale.

Last but not least, Kathleen Coate will once again be offering D2L training on Friday in her session “What’s New to D2L Brightspace?”, held from 10:45-11:45 in P1804.  This session will walk you through the newest features of D2L since Nov. 28th, including shuffling quiz questions for each user, using the html accessibility checker, and posting to all discussion groups at once.

You can find the full schedule of events for January 5th here.

See you all on Friday!

Coffee’s on. Come on down.

Come to L1735 for D2L Brightspace help today

Finish up the semester, or get setup for spring

Monday  8:30-2pm (excludes pre-made appointments)
Tuesday  8:30-12pm  – grades due at 12pm

Call or email for help: 952-358-8617
IT Helpdesk: 952-358-8181

The coffee today is half-caff – enough to wake you up but not so much that you get trigger-happy when entering grades!

Optional training sessions for your calendar…

Wednesday, Jan. 3rd
Location: P1804  (coffee and refreshments provided!)

9-11am Open lab/Drop-in questions
11am-12:30pm  Content Design
1-3pm MediaSpace/Video Assignments/Adobe Connect
3-4:30pm Office 365

Thursday, Jan. 4th
Location: P1804   (coffee and refreshments provided!)

9-11am  Open lab/Drop-in questions
11am-12:30pm Gradebook
1-3pm   Intelligent Agents/Awards
3-5pm   Open lab/Drop-in questions

Click here for more details on each session.

A few new things in D2L Brightspace…

On Nov. 28th, D2L updated with some cool new features. One of the breakout sessions on Friday, Jan. 5th will feature these updates. Look for more information in your Development Day schedule coming soon.

Have a great week!

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Grading, Class prep, Domain changes, Oh my! Help is here.

D2L Gradebook support? Check.

Get your gradebook in tip-top shape for calculating & submitting grades.

You want to get this right, and don’t want to be frustrated in the process.

Click here for our Gradebook – End of Semester FAQ’s!

Extended Drop-in hours in L1735 through Dec. 19th*

Mon, 12/11: 8:30am-3:30pm
Tues, 12/12: 8:30am-3:30pm (AND 4-6pm by appointment only)
Wed, 12/13: 2:30-4:00pm (AND 4-6pm by appointment only)
Thur, 12/14: 8:30am-3:30pm
Fri, 12/15: 8:30am-4pm

Mon, 12/18: 8:30am-4:30pm
Tues, 12/19: 8:30am-12pm    (Grades due at 12pm!)

*Note: Feel free to drop-in during the hours above, but pre-made appointments will be prioritized.

Can’t make it to campus?

Two more great options:

  1. Call or Email Kathleen with your question: kathleen.coate@normandale.edu, 952-358-8617.
  2. Call the IT Helpdesk or Click here to Submit a ticket to the IT Helpdesk.

ask us click here to log in

Once logged in, click the Enter A Service Request and complete the form.

Get a jump-start on the spring semester

Prior to Development Day, get help with class prep, and/or learn some new tricks.

Wednesday, Jan. 3rd
Location: P1804  (coffee and refreshments provided!)

9-11am Open lab/Drop-in questions
11am-12:30pm  Content Design
1-3pm MediaSpace/Video Assignments/Adobe Connect
3-4:30pm Office 365

Thursday, Jan. 4th
Location: P1804   (coffee and refreshments provided!)

9-11am  Open lab/Drop-in questions
11am-12:30pm Gradebook
1-3pm   Intelligent Agents/Awards
3-5pm   Open lab/Drop-in questions

Click here for more details on each session.

So…what’s up with the Domain change on Dec. 27th?

Q: What is happening?
A: Web addresses with “.mnscu.edu” are changing to “.minnstate.edu”

Q: What should I do after Dec. 27th?
A: We recommend you check all links in your files and D2L courses that have anything to do with the “mnscu.edu” address.

Q: How will I know which files to check?
A: You will receive an email that provides a list of all .mnscu.edu links in  your courses (excluding PowerPoint and Excel files).

Click here for more domain change FAQ’s

 

And speaking of class prep…

Previously on Chalk & Pixels we provided info on a great high-impact learning technique called “Reacting to the past.”

Using any curriculum, you can provide students the opportunity to create real-world scenarios and immerse themselves in topics connected to your material.

Click here to read about this incredibly effective teaching technique, and how it impacts students! 

Click here to read more about the upcoming conference in January

Thanks to Ben Maegi in the History department for providing this info – contact him if you want to know more about in-class gaming ideas.

Have a great week!

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