How to run video chats, embed quizzes in videos, and synchronously edit texts.

All tech considered- teaching edition

On the 19th of September the Center for Teaching and Learning hosted a session on how to  run video chats, embed quizzes in videos, and synchronously edit documents. Linette Mannier, Nancy Ludden, Julie Johnson, and Jack Norton all contributed to the session.

For a how-to-do the above, please consult this “How to do video chat, video quiz, co-edits” document (pdf)

Please note: this document only shows the techniques of using these tech tools. The hard part, figuring out how to use the tools for effective pedagogy, is all you. Think, plan, and teach before you tech.

Fall Online Quality Matters Webinars

Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI) and its related SIG group announced the fall series of FREE webinars for hybrid/online faculty. Some introduce the Quality Matters Standards and show examples of how they’re applied, and some are on more specific pedagogy issues, such as how to write, teach, and assess learning outcomes in the Affective (vs. Cognitive) domains of Bloom’s Taxonomy. The link to look at descriptions and sign up for the webinars is here.

Peer visits, mentors, & assorted treasures.

An opportunity to learn from your colleagues.

If you are interested in learning new things you might incorporate in your teaching through watching another instructor, this is for you. Low stakes, no evaluation: clear a visit with a colleague, go watch what they do, think “you know, something like that might work really well in my class,” then – see if you can incorporate something new. A tweak here, a new way to present information or ideas there, and soon you can make notable improvements in students’ experience.

Click this link to indicate your interest: please give your name, discipline, and indicate whether you want to observe, be observed, or are open to both. (Discipline provided for convenience: we can learn by watching teaching that is very different from our own as well as teaching more like our own.)

Sign up here.

Would you like to meet new faculty and be a faculty mentor?

Your mentorship can be as formal or informal as you like. For more details, see here.

Sign up here.

A treasure of training opportunities.

Note-Taking Strategies to Improve Learning Generating class notes without giving your notes to students.

Overcoming Racism: October 28-29, Metropolitan State University. A two-day conference. Subtitle: Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative

Accessible Media, Web, & Technology Conference.  November 14-18, Colorado. For those deep in the accessible digital world.

Citizenship Under Siege: Promoting Listening, Learning, and Engagement, free webinars from the Association of American Colleges and Universities.


Coming attractions and fun around the web.

Coming up

Look for email from CTL on new faculty development opportunities in the coming week. You can visit a peer’s classroom, have coffee, or attend a campus-wide training.

Around the web

You Don’t Know Your Students. This Professor Hopes to Change That. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, and anthropologists asks his students to share their lives with him.

Is It Time to Rethink Our Exams? From the Faculty Focus blog.

4 Resolutions for the New Semester From the “Vitae” blog on the Chronicle of Higher Education. 

A C-SPAN caller asked a black guest how to stop being prejudiced. Here’s how she responded. From The Washington Post, video and interview. A snapshot of America, right now.

Intercultural Inclusive Learning and Teaching – Fall Seminar A University of Minnesota, an Open Online Seminar for higher education teachers.

HASTAC Pedagogy Project: Over 80 projects & assignments to shake up your syllabus. Lots of ideas for collaborative digital projects across disciplines.