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.

Syllabus checklist, engagement, maps and writing, CTE Works!, and math games.

Got syllabus? 

Many (most?) of you have finished your syllabi. In case you haven’t, here’s Normandale’s syllabus checklist to help you along.  (on the portal, must be on campus or login).

Got lists? 

From the department of all knowledge must be conveyed with lists, the Faculty Focus blog offers “Six Things Faculty Can Do to Promote Student Engagement.”

What are you doing November 16th? 

“The CTE WORKS! summit is a ONE DAY conference sponsored jointly by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Minnesota Department of Education. This year’s Summit theme, Creating Pathways to Success, includes diversity and inclusion initiatives and experiential learning opportunities that encourage all Minnesotans to explore and prepare for career pathways.”

Better than Pokemon Go?

“A Real-World Writing Project Integrating Mobile Technology and Team-Based Learning”

Games with math? 

You know you want to make the marbles slide down the stars? Not just for the math department.

 

Prior Knowledge, Decoding the Disciplines, & Belonging

Prior Knowledge as an Unexpected Obstacle to Learning As colleges work to recognize prior learning, they would do well do consider how prior learning can create problems for students. From the Faculty Focus blog.

Another way to help students learn is by attending to their understanding of your discipline. Decoding the Disciplines is a project out of Indiana University and offers a model for breaking through student unfamiliarity with disciplinary requirements.

From Macalester professor Joan Ostrove and U of Illinois graduate student Susan Long, a paper on “Social class and belonging: Implications for college adjustment.”

Happy Summer!

Summer Reading: Race, bias, and great teaching.

For your summer reading enjoyment consider the following short articles and upcoming trainings: 

5 key takeaways about views of race and inequality in America: “A new Pew Research Center survey finds profound differences between black and white Americans in how they view the current state of race relations and racial equality and in the ways they experience day-to-day life.”

Want to understand your own implicit bias? Take a test (from Project Implicit, hosted by Harvard). The answers might surprise you! Tests on racial, gender, religious, weapons, careers, age, and weight bias.

What Makes a Good Teacher? “You may never be as funny, approachable, or creative as your favorite teacher — the key is to try.” Link

CTE Works: “The CTE WORKS! Summit is a ONE DAY conference sponsored jointly by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Minnesota Department of Education. This year’s Summit theme, Creating Pathways to Success, includes diversity and inclusion initiatives and experiential learning opportunities that encourage all Minnesotans to explore and prepare for career pathways.”

“Six Things Faculty Can Do to Promote Student Engagement”

“A Real-World Writing Project Integrating Mobile Technology and Team-Based Learning”

Need help getting started with D2L?

D2L Brightspace: Getting Started Webinars

Free webinars for instructors who want to learn more about D2L Brightspace Tools

Are you looking for opportunities to learn more about how to effectively set up your courses using D2L Brightspace? Brightspace is an integrated suite of web-based tools that help instructors manage their courses including content, discussion forums, assignments, grades and overall course design.

The Minnesota State’s Special Interest Group: Learning Spaces & Instructional Technologies will be holding a series of free 1-hour webinars to get faculty who are new to D2L Brightspace up and running. Internet access available from home or campus – whichever works for you. Session size is limited!

The following sessions will be held July 25 thru September 2:

  • Introduction and Overview of D2L Brightspace
  • Organize Your Content
  • Using Respondus Quiz Tool
  • D2L Brightspace Quiz Tool
  • Announcements (formerly News), Classlist and Email
  • D2L Brightspace Discussion Board Tool
  • Points Based/ Weighted Gradebook
  • D2L Brightspace Assignments Tool (formerly Dropbox)
  • Groups in D2L Brightspace

 

For full description, dates and registration: https://mnquality.eventbrite.com