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Teaching takes effort.

At CTL, we aim to take the stress out of knowing where & how to get the best and most effective help for your teaching strategies – so you can work smarter, not harder.

 

CTL is in D2L! Have you been there?

Check out our D2L page (click here), which includes some instructional design info, teaching strategies, as well as documentation on common D2L tools & concepts.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Let Kathleen Coate or Jennifer Miller know! We are the ones currently maintaining this page, and would love your feedback.

Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)

Workshop description from QM:The “Improving Your Online Course” workshop explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own courses and develop a course improvement plan.

The content is based on the 21 essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement, so enrolling in the workshop with an online or blended course with a pre-developed course is required.”

Click here for more info & to register

WeTeach: Online/Blended Design & Delivery – online course sponsored by MOQI (Minnesota Online Quality Initiative)

We teach general description
Upcoming 8-week sessions:

  • July 9-Aug 31
  • Sept 10-Nov 2
  • Spring 2019 dates TBA

Click here for WeTeach full info including how to register!

eLearning summit 2018!

Open. Online. Opportunity.

The MN eLearning Summit is the premier event of the MinnesotaLearning Commons and a gathering place for K−12, college, and universityeducators and innovators in the Midwest committed to effective online andblended learning. The Summit will feature concurrent sessions focused oneLearning tools, resources, services, and best practices; opportunities to meet, collaborate, and contribute ideas for the effective use of instructional technology in and out of the classroom; and a shared vision for utilizing resource-rich tools that reach 21st-century learners.

What to expect

  • 300+ educators, innovators, and presenters
  • About 80 concurrent breakout sessions covering topics of eLearning including blended, flipped, digital learning
  • Bring-your-own-device learning sessions
  • Presentations for all skills levels, including experienced educators, as well as those new to digital learning
  • Exhibitors showcasing the latest resources and tech solutions
  • Opportunities to network with professional c

Click here for more info & to register!

Got Faculty Development Funds?

Fact: Per your MSCF contract, you have the ability to apply for reimbursement of faculty development opportunities that you feel are important to your work. This includes instructional design work for your courses.

Fact: Applying is easier than ever with an online form. Contact Rob Gronemann for more info.

Q: How much can I apply for?
A: Depends on your credit load:

Every two years, you may apply for…
$500 if you teach 7.5 credits or less
$1000 if you teach 7.5 to 15 credits
$1500 if you teach 16 to 22.5 credits
$2000 if you teach 22.5+ credits

Used all your funds?

We don’t want faculty to miss out on MOQI opportunities – contact Kathleen Coate if you feel you need assistance in paying for course design opportunities, including a QM review.

Final CTL Hour: Addressing Grief in the Classroom, Monday, April 30th, 3-4 PM, A2552

When something tragic happens–whether on campus, in society, or in the personal lives of you or your students–it can often affect what happens in class, sometimes in unexpected ways.  Join us as we listen to a panel of experts share their perspectives on how to  handle disclosing tragic events, class discussions, personal disclosures, and other aspects of addressing grief and its possible impacts on the classroom.
Panelists: Dr. Amy Wagener, Dr. Theresa Glaser, and Angie Effertz

Also, the Teaching Circles program has undergone some exciting changes.  Stay tuned for more information!

Have a great week!

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CTL hour today – join us!

Another chance to recharge!

  • A Discussion of Richard Leider’s Book The Power of Purpose—3-4 pm in A2552
    During this session, faculty will go more in-depth with Richard Leider’s work on purpose.  They will have the opportunity to complete his “Calling Cards” exercise, which helps participants discover their gifts, as well as discuss key themes and ideas from The Power of Purpose.
    Presenters: Dara Hagen, Vice President of Student Affairs, and Jen Miller, Faculty in English
  • Escape Rooms—2:30-5:30 pm in the Kopp Student Center
    Phi Theta Kappa will be hosting three different escape rooms, where participants have about 30 minutes to work together to unlock the solution of the room.  This event is open to both faculty and students; faculty can participate by forming a team of 4 faculty members, by inviting students from their classes to participate, or by being available to help groups in need of an extra participant.  This presents a unique opportunity on campus to practiceteam building and leadership, all while having fun!
    Presented by Phi Theta Kappa; email johnny.maes@my.normandale.edu to sign up or for more info

Friday Coffee Fix – two remaining

L1735, 10am-12pm; 1pm-3pm

April 20th: Bring Your Own Questions

April 27th: Gradebook setup – check your setting for end-of-semester grading

Summer training opportunities!

Stay tuned for Quality Matters, We Teach instructional design online class, and face-to-face workshops at Normandale.

Have a request for specific training needs? Let Kathleen know!

Have a great week!

merry monday

 

Upcoming CTL Hours and conferences here at Normandale

As we move into the final weeks of the semester, here are some upcoming events and faculty development opportunities to help keep you going strong to the end:

On Monday, April 16th, we have not one but TWO faculty development opportunities!

  • A Discussion of Richard Leider’s Book The Power of Purpose—3-4 pm in A2552
    During this session, faculty will go more in-depth with Richard Leider’s work on purpose.  They will have the opportunity to complete his “Calling Cards” exercise, which helps participants discover their gifts, as well as discuss key themes and ideas from The Power of Purpose.
    Presenters: Dara Hagen, Vice President of Student Affairs, and Jen Miller, Faculty in English
  • Escape Rooms—2:30-5:30 pm in the Kopp Student Center
    Phi Theta Kappa will be hosting three different escape rooms, where participants have about 30 minutes to work together to unlock the solution of the room.  This event is open to both faculty and students; faculty can participate by forming a team of 4 faculty members, by inviting students from their classes to participate, or by being available to help groups in need of an extra participant.  This presents a unique opportunity on campus to practice team building and leadership, all while having fun!
    Presented by Phi Theta Kappa; email johnny.maes@my.normandale.edu to sign up or for more info

Monday, April 30th is the final CTL hour of the semester.  We will be having a panel discussion about various strategies for addressing grief in the classroom, whether it is caused by personal loss, the death of a fellow classmate or faculty member, or the themes or content of the course itself.  This session will be held from 3-4 PM in A2552.  We hope to see you there!

Additionally, this Friday, April 13th, is the D2L Connection: Minnesota Edition conference right here at Normandale!  There will be no Friday Coffee Fix because of this, but you can still register for the conference here.

A few more opportunities and articles that might be of interest:

  • For those interested in assessing students’ prior learning, Minnesota State is hosting the Credit for Prior Learning Academy on Friday, April 20th from 8 AM to 2:30 PM at Normandale.  Participants will explore multiple approaches for assessing prior learning; more details, including registration information, can be found here.
  • Patrick Sullivan’s piece entitled “Shaping the Public Narrative about Teaching and Learning” is an empowering reminder about the power of our voices as educators to influence the public’s view of higher education.  This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of Liberal  Education, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities–this whole issue, in fact, is filled with valuable perspectives on how to create more inclusive classrooms.
  • The Tomorrow’s Professor blog has an article about how to ask questions in class in a way that generates student response, rather than silence.

Have a great week, everyone!

Spring for the finish line

Welcome to 3rd winter.

It’s hard to imagine that Spring is coming, but it is coming. In the meantime, hang tight, power through, and all those other cliches that make you want to roll your eyes and throw a snowball at someone.

In the meantime, here’s some AMAZING opportunities that will give you hope where hope is lost.

D2L Connections

Friday, April 13th, 8am-4pm

Join your colleagues from Normandale AND from around the region RIGHT HERE ON CAMPUS!  Learn great online/hybrid and face-to-face teaching strategies. Contact Kathleen Coate for help with signing up and/or requesting Faculty Development Funds.

Click here for the D2L Connections “Schedule at a Glance”

Recharge Download

Monday, April 16th, 3-4pm

Looking for more opportunities to recharge?  During the next CTL hour on Monday, April 16th, faculty will have the chance to do more with Richard Leider’s work on purpose, as well as participate in a special team-building activity sponsored byPhi Theta Kappa.  Watch for an email later this week with more information!

MOQI – Minnesota Online Quality Initiative

Ongoing workshops & webinars

Q: What is MOQI??

A: MOQI is a program throughout Minnesota State colleges for the betterment of online teaching strategies. MOQI provides:

  • Access to Quality Matters formal course reviews
  • Workshops for improving online/hybrid courses
  • Free webinars every other week on various teaching topics
  • A BRAND-NEW program called WeTeach – click this link to learn more!

Click here for the MOQI Calendar of events!

Q: Are MOQI programs only for online courses?

A: No! Faculty attest time and time again that MOQI training sessions, including Quality Matters, help them immensely with face-to-face courses. For those teaching both online and face-to-face, you will find ways to streamline your work and organize your materials to reduce multiple-prep fatigue!

And now, back to your regularly scheduled Monday.

spring is coming

 

Spring is coming! Freshen up your teaching with these upcoming development opportunities!

spring-06Despite Monday’s weather, spring is definitely on its way–and with it, many opportunities to breathe fresh air into your classroom.

This week’s Friday Coffee Fix (10-12 and 1-3 in L1735) focuses on the D2L Cloud migration – this will be of interest to those teaching in the 1st summer session. We will discuss the downtime involved (small window) as well as what new features will be there after the migration.

Also, there are three very easy ways to improve your online teaching:

  • D2L Connection: Minnesota Edition (April 13, 2018 at Normandale)
  • Minnesota eLearning Summit (August 1-2, 2018 at the U of M)
  • Quality Matters Workshops (ongoing)

If you are interested, contact Kathleen Coate, Normandale’s D2L Trainer, who has made signing up for these conferences about as easy as it could possibly be.

A few other resources to note:

  • If you missed the session from Recharge Normandale Day about using smartphones in the classroom, those resources have been posted online on the CTL D2L page.
  • Here is an article from the Tomorrow’s Professor blog about strategies for facilitating better online discussion.
  • Century College is offering On Course workshops in May.  On Course provides educators with strategies for empowering their students to be more active, responsible learners.  More information, including pricing, can be found here.

One last note: Kathleen Coate will not be holding D2L drop-in hours this Thursday, March 29.

Have a great week, everyone!