Happy Monday, everyone! We hope you enjoy this short week and have a restful fall break!
If you are looking for faculty development opportunities to fill your days off, we have a few suggestions:
First off, we have this month’s Faculty Focus interview with Hattie Dombrowski, Faculty in Biology and one of last year’s Minnesota State Board of Trustees award winners. Hear what she has to say about how growing up on a farm in Wisconsin influenced her desire to be a biologist, strategies for leading more successful discussions in class, and teaching students to fail. (Note: the interview is audio only, but a blank video screen will show up anyways)
Also, a few D2L updates are coming on Thursday, Oct. 17th!
The changes mainly affect the terminology used for making items “hidden” or “visible,” so that these terms are consistent across all of the tools.
Here’s a quick summary of the update:
- Quizzes tool: Changing the terms “Active” and “Inactive” to “Hide” and “Make Visible.”
- Discussions tool: Changing the “Availability” section of Discussions by moving it to the “Restrictions” tab, and adding a checkbox for “Hide”
- Content: Changing the terms “Draft” and “Publish” to “Hidden” and “Visible”
The update will occur on Thursday, Oct. 17th
If you want to join a webinar hosted by Minnesota State to learn more about these updates, join them today from 12-12:50pm. Click here to RSVP and access the Zoom link.
In other technology news, IT has purchased 60 education licenses for “PowToon.”
PowToon is a Web-based animation software that allows you to quickly and easily create animated presentations for or with your students by manipulating pre-created objects, imported PowerPoints or images, provided music, and user created voice-overs. Click here for an example.
Want a license? Contact Kathleen Coate for a link to sign up.
Want to test it out first? Come to the Friday Coffee Fix from 8:30-10:30am on Oct. 25th for more info and to try out the software. You can also sign up for a free version to test it out, by going to https://www.powtoon.com/account/signup/.
Queens University has some amazing online resources on developing inclusive pedagogy. They have developed content modules for the following topics:
- Power, Privilege, and Bias
- Conversations on Decolonization
- Navigating Difficult Conversations
- Inclusive and Responsive Teaching
- Universal Design for Learning
If you’ve been interested in wondering about culturally responsive pedagogy or looking for resources on discussing challenging material in the classroom, exploring one of these modules over Fall Break might be just the thing! Thanks to Jack Norton for passing along this resource.
If you’re frantically writing midterm exams, you might find these test-question-writing tips to be helpful in making sure that you are really asking the questions you want to. The excerpt is taken from the chapter “Exams: Asking Questions That Provide the Answers You Need,” from the book Meaningful and Manageable Program Assessment: A How-To Guide for Higher Education Faculty by Laura J. Massa and Margaret Kasimatis.
If you’re ahead of the game and thinking beyond Fall Break, you might be interested in considering incorporating experiential education into your classes next semester, and Normandale’s Center for Experiential Education (CEE) can help! Service-learning integrates course learning outcomes and content with relevant community service to enhance student learning, develop student skills, and benefit the community. It can be required, optional, or extra credit. CEE staff helps you explore possible service-learning formats, connect with existing or new nonprofit partners, and track all student hours. If you would like to explore service-learning for your courses please contact Paige Wheeler at ExperientialEducation@normandale.edu or x9074. More information can be found here.
Finally, you might want to put the STAR Symposium 2020 on your calendars. This virtual one-day conference will consist of presentations that focus on post-secondary pedagogical approaches including delivery via face-to-face, blended, flipped, and online classrooms. Presentation tracks include:
- Teaching and learning
- Faculty Development and support
- Course design and delivery
- Grading, assessment, and feedback
- Student engagement
- Technology integration
- And more!
The conference takes place online on Friday, February 28th, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and registration is free! Proposals for sessions are being accepted through November 30th. You can find more information about this opportunity here.
Have a great week, everyone! And enjoy the break 🙂