Welcome Back!

It’s hard to believe, but fall semester is right around the corner. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) team hopes that you had a wonderful summer and are ready for a fantastic semester.

Today, we have information about upcoming events, resources, and faculty development opportunities that can help get your semester off to a great start:

First, remember that this Wednesday and Thursday (8/21-8/22) are faculty development days. The full schedule has been posted on the Intranet, so you can check out in advance which breakout sessions you want to attend. There are sessions on everything from campus safety to assessment, and pretty much everything in between.

Some highlights:

  • If you weren’t able to participate in the Teaching Circles program last year or attend the summer faculty reading groups, there are sessions that can catch you up.
  • There are sessions hosted by the faculty who participated in the “We Teach” course this summer on online learning if you are looking to improve your own online teaching skills.
  • We are also very excited to try a new kind of breakout session–department tours! You will have the chance to visit the biology, art, and world languages departments and learn more about what your colleagues in those departments do.

There’s something for everyone!

Normandale has a new Student Resource Center in A2530, which is able to help students meet basic needs such as housing, food, childcare, and transportation. More information about this center is available here. Information about this and other resources for students is compiled each semester by CTL; feel free to use this Campus Resources sheet as part of your syllabus!

We have posted this Campus Resource sheet, along with several new resources that you might find helpful, on the CTL D2L page. If you don’t have access to the page and would like it, please email Jen Miller (jennifer.miller@normandale.edu) and she will add you. Here are the resources that have been updated recently:

There is a last-minute spot that has become available in the Engaged Citizens Teaching Circle for 2019-2020. This group will work to find ways to enhance your course with activities, assignments, discussions, etc., which will increase student’s knowledge and/or experience in their role as civically responsible adults. Your group will get to choose a focus within this broad category.  This group is intended for courses where this is not already inherently a part the subject matter, but rather the work of this group will be to extend existing  subject matter in your course to such applications. If you are interested, please contact Ruth Robinson (ruth.robinson@normandale.edu) ASAP!

The MN/IA Campus Compact is hosting an Engaged Faculty Institute on Jan. 8th and 9th in the Twin Cities ​to support faculty in designing or redesigning a course to have a community-engaged (aka service-learning) component. The Campus Compact is a professional organization that supports colleges in their community and civic engagement efforts. Norm​andale can send 2-4 faculty, along with a community partner for each. The Center for Experiential Education could cover the cost. ​If you are interested please email Paige Wheeler (paige.wheeler@normandale.edu); the program needs RSVPs by early September.

Last but not least, just a reminder that our CTL structure has changed from last year. We will be talking more about this during the development days, but for now, here are a quick overview of some of the major changes:

  • We are no longer regularly scheduling CTL programming on the 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month. Instead, that time can be used by departments for the work of faculty development and assessment specific to their own departments.
  • Instead of having department and division CTL and assessment leaders, that funding is now available to departments to use to bring in speakers, host training events, hold assessment retreats, and the like.

We hope these changes will enable departments to get the faculty development and assessment help that is specific to their department. If you have any questions, please email a member of the CTL team:

Jen Miller, CTL Leader: Faculty Development Coordinator

Kathleen Coate, CTL Leader: D2L/Online Learning Trainer

Betsy Longley, CTL Leader: Assessment Coordinator

We look forward to seeing you in a few days! Welcome back 🙂

CTL Summer Schedule

Happy Monday, everyone!

It’s our last post for the spring semester, and we are going to leave you with the schedule of exciting opportunities that we will be offering over the summer. We hope that you see something that you find useful!

For starters, if you are interested in the “WeTeach” program on blended/online learning through Winona State, please email Kathleen Coate ASAP. We already have 10 people who have expressed interest, but please email her in case someone drops off the list or we come up with additional funding.

There is lots of other training for D2L/online learning over the summer as well! Workshops will be offered on the following topics:

  • “Reach Every Learner”–student engagement strategies
  • “D2L Crash Course”–a one-day workshop for users new to D2L
  • “D2L Pro-Tips”–D2L strategies for advanced users
  • “Videos for All”–adding videos to your curriculum
  • “Mix It Up”–blended/hybrid course design and delivery
  • “Level Up”–Online course design and delivery
  • “D2L Basics”–a two-day workshop on the primary functions of D2L

A full schedule of these workshops is available here. Please RSVP to kathleen.coate@normandale.edu. There should be something for everyone!

The Minnesota Summit on Teaching and Technology will be held on Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 1 at the U of MN campus in St. Paul. Normandale will cover the registration cost for the first 10 registrations–email Kathleen Coate if you are interested.

We are once again holding summer reading groups!

You are welcome to come as you are able–no commitment is needed. If you know that you are planning on coming to either group, please do email jennifer.miller@normandale.edu so that we can order enough food for the group.

Last but not least, remember to apply for next fall’s Teaching Circles if you are interested.  These groups offer faculty the opportunity to research a common topic and then apply their findings in their own classes. Next year’s Teaching Circles cover the topics of engaged citizens, career readiness, and metacognition. Participants will receive a $500 stipend upon completion; applications received by May 20th will receive priority. Completed applications should be sent to ruth.robinson@normandale.edu.

That’s all, folks! Good luck with finals and grading 🙂

 

Academic Integrity, Summer Reminders, and Lots Happening at MN State!

Happy Monday all!

To begin with, the Center for Teaching and Learning would like to offer congratulations to Carrie Ketel-Opheim (Biology), Amanda Hakemian (Chemistry), and Kathleen Coate (Theatre), who have all been accepted into Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s REFLECT program. This program brings together faculty from across disciplines, institutions, and experience to participate in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning faculty learning community that focuses on enhancing teaching using evidence-based practices. These three faculty members will be participating in this REFLECT program during the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations!

As we move into the last two weeks of class, we know you’re all busy–but here are some faculty development opportunities that we want to make sure you’ve heard about!

First, this afternoon, from 3-4 in A2552, CTL is hosting a workshop called “Beyond Turnitin: A Conversation on Academic Integrity.” What does academic integrity look like in your discipline? What are strategies that you employ, either in your syllabus policies or assignment construction, to keep students from cheating? What philosophy underlies your approach to dealing with those who do cheat? Are there tools that you use to help you prevent cheating? Come discuss these questions (and more!) with your colleagues, and maybe learn something new that you can bring to the final exams and projects that will be coming in over the next few weeks.

As you consider your summer plans (as well as your plans for next year), don’t forget to think about faculty development! Here are two opportunities with upcoming deadlines:

  • Interested in online/hybrid teaching? Then WeTeach, an 8-week online, collaborative course for faculty who teach online or blended courses might be for you! This course, which is offered through Winona State University, is taught by Mary O’Brien, who led breakout sessions on hybrid classes during this past January’s development day. The course runs from June 3-August 1 and is offered online, with one weekly 1-hour virtual meeting. More information about the course can be found here.

    Faculty who sign up for this course through CTL will have their $400 registration fee covered. They are then expected to complete the 8-week course, share what they learn with their departments, and lead a breakout session on hybrid/online learning during Fall 2019 development days.

    To sign up, simply email Kathleen Coate (kathleen.coate@normandale.edu) by May 3. Registration for this opportunity is first-come, first-served, so don’t delay!

  • Once again, next year, CTL is sponsoring the Teaching Circles program, with a focus on three topics: Career Readiness in the Classroom, Engaged Citizens: Enhancing Local and/or Global Civic Responsibility, and Metacognition. Faculty who complete the program will receive a $500 stipend. If you are interested in learning more about this program, or applying to participate, you can find more information here.  Applications received by May 20th will receive priority.

There are lots of faculty development opportunities being offered through Minnesota State as well: Open Educational Resources, Quality Matters, Institute for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and more–too many to list here! Check out the Minnesota State Faculty Development Sharepoint site for more information and a calendar of events.

Frustrated that your students don’t seem to be doing the assigned reading? You might find this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education interesting: “The Fall, and Rise, of Reading” by Steven Johnson. (Also, stay tuned for a summer reading group related to this topic as well!)

Have a great week, everyone!

 

New Faculty Focus Interview; Online/Hybrid Training; and Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions

Hi all! Happy Monday!

We are excited today to bring you the latest Faculty Focus interview, this time with Lacey Mamak, one of Normandale’s faculty librarians. He and I had a wonderful conversation last week about the emotional aspect of library research, ways to create authenticity in the classroom, the limits of traditional types of sources, and more. Enjoy!

We are working to put together our summer schedule of faculty development and assessment opportunities, and we are very excited to announce that CTL will cover the registration fee for up to 10 faculty members who want to participate in the summer 2019 offering of WeTeach, an 8-week online, collaborative course for faculty who teach online or blended courses. This course, which is offered through Winona State University, is taught by Mary O’Brien, who led breakout sessions on hybrid classes during this past January’s development day. The course runs from June 3-August 1 and is offered online, with one weekly 1-hour virtual meeting. More information about the course can be found here; there are also virtual informational sessions on April 29 and May 17 at 12 pm.

Faculty who sign up for this course through CTL will have their $400 registration fee covered. They are then expected to complete the 8-week course, share what they learn with their departments, and lead a breakout session on hybrid/online learning during Fall 2019 development days.

To sign up, simply email Kathleen Coate (kathleen.coate@normandale.edu) by May 3. Registration for this opportunity is first-come, first-served, so don’t delay!

Stay tuned for more information about summer CTL opportunities later this week; in the meantime, if you have ideas for what you’d like to see offered this summer, there is still the chance to fill out this survey.

Two more quick reminders:

  • If you are interested in participating in Teaching Circles for 2019-2020, please submit your application to Ruth Robinson by May 20th.
  • Also, mark your calendars for the final CTL hour of the semester, which will be on Monday, April 29th, from 3-4 pm in A2552. This session, entitled “Beyond Turnitin: A conversation about academic integrity” will invite faculty to share their thoughts on encouraging academic honesty in their classrooms, from general approaches to specific strategies. Come ready to share what you do, and learn from your colleagues.

Finally, as final exams approach, here is an excerpt from the book Connecting the Dots: Developing Student Learning Outcomes and Outcomes-Based Assessments on writing effective multiple choice questions that accurately measure student learning outcomes.

Have a great week, everyone!

Learn More About Turnitin; Summer CTL Opportunities; Safety and Equity Training; and More!

Hi all!

It looks like spring is finally (maybe?) here! Hooray!

This afternoon, we are holding a CTL session on best practices for Turnitin in A2552 from 3-4 pm. Turnitin is a tool integrated within D2L, and is most commonly used for the “Originality Check” and “GradeMark” tools for assessing student written work. Other functions include spelling and grammar tools, and robust markup and feedback tools. Instructors can choose whether student papers will be loaded into the “student repository,” or just run through an initial check against other online papers and web resources. Come learn the way in which your colleagues are benefiting from using this tool, and some of the teaching & learning principles behind it

Bring your laptop so that you try out new techniques as you learn them! (Chromebooks will also be available.)

We hope to see you there!

Also, mark your calendars for the final CTL hour of the semester, which will be on Monday, April 29th, from 3-4 pm in A2552. This session, entitled “Beyond Turnitin: A conversation about academic integrity” will invite faculty to share their thoughts on encouraging academic honesty in their classrooms, from general approaches to specific strategies. Come ready to share what you do, and learn from your colleagues.

We are looking ahead to summer CTL programming–we are once again planning a summer reading group (thanks to Meg Hatton!) and will be hosting several technology-related workshops as well. We could use your help with planning these opportunities. If you could fill out this survey about digital training this summer, that would be greatly appreciated!

We will once again be holding the Teaching Circles program during the 2019-2020 academic year, with a focus on these three topics:

  • Career Readiness in the Classroom
  • Engaged Citizens: Enhancing Local and/or Global Civic Responsibility
  • Metacognition

Faculty who complete the program will receive a $500 stipend. If you are interested in learning more about this program, or applying to participate, you can find more information and the application form here.  Applications received by May 20th will receive priority.

Here are a few additional updates:

  • Many of you have indicated wanting more training on maintaining safe spaces around campus. Here’s a great opportunity for you! The Normandale Public Safety Team is hosting a free 1-hour self defense class.  Learn how to identify pre-assault indicators and body language. We will spend the remainder of the time learning practical self-defense techniques. This class is intended for you to walk away feeling confident in your ability to protect yourself! To RSVP, email stacy.bestland@normandale.edu or call 952-358-8703.
  • The Minnesota State Office for Equity and Inclusion is hosting a webinar on Friday, April 19 from 10-11:30 AM entitled “Equity Minded Language: A Tool for Culturally Relevant Leadership. More information about the webinar can be found here; if interested, you will need to register through Enterprise Learning Management (ELM) on the Employee Self-Service website.
  • If you were unable to attend the Campus Academic Technology Team (CATT) meeting on March 27, you might be interested in checking out this recording of the meeting. During the meeting, colleagues from Anoka-Ramsey Community College shared more about their REFLECT program, which supports evidence-based teaching, and colleagues from Bemidji State University and North Hennepin Community College updated the team on their innovation project on Performance-Based Biology. The final CATT meeting of the year will be held tomorrow (April 16) from 3-4 pm; you can access the meeting through Zoom.

Finally, a few interesting readings:

That’s it for today. Enjoy the warm weather!