New Quality Matters Workshop Nov. 21

A 4 hour workshop, Improving your Online Course (IYOC), is scheduled for delivery on November 21, 8:00AM – 12:00PM, at Hennepin Tech., Eden Prairie campus. Cost is $35. Bring your laptop and work on your own course as you learn about QM standards. More information here. The workshop is also available in online format, but this is close, quick and inexpensive! Register directly via the link.

“Why we teach,” CFP: Assessment, Teaching Webinar

From the “Faculty Focus” Blog

Why We Teach” Please ignore the stock photo image of the senior “hip” professor in jeans and a sweater vest in front of ambiguously-identified students.

Call for Proposals

Assessment in Action: Evidence-Based Discussions about Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum, in the journal New Directions in Teaching and Learning. 

Webinar on Instructional Design

This Thursday, October 6th at 2 pm.

They Aren’t Wrong, We Are: Designing Online Courses for How Students Actually Use Them”  


The LGBTQIA trainer (Michael Grewe) had a family emergency and is not able to come today. We will try to reschedule for November 21st.

With apologies for the inconvenience.


Come join us for a training on how to be an ally to our LGBTQIA students. 

October 17th, 3-4 pm, A 2552

Workshop Description:
This workshop provides participants tools, skills, knowledge, and resources to be intentionally supportive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) communities. The workshop will cover definitions and terminology, tackle current issues and challenges facing LGBTQIA students, and practice skill-building scenarios, among other topics.

Michael Grewe, MSW, LGSW, is the Director for LGBTQIA Student Services at Augsburg College.  He has done
trainings at workshops at over 30 campuses in the region working to further best practices and improve institutional policies around LGBTQIA equity.  He has also served as the Co-Chair for the Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance and President for the Minnesota College Professionals Association.

Brought to you by Normandale’s Department of Human Resources and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Virtual reality, teaching conference, student engagement, and the perils of active learning and spooky research.

Virtual Reality Demonstration

Zspace will offer demos of their Virtual Reality computer and glass on the following dates and times. Please email Cary Komoto to reserve a space in the demo (so the vendor can bring enough devices).

Thursday, 9/29/16, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in P 1838
Friday, 9/30/16, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in P 1838
Friday, 9/30/16, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in P 1838

Call for papers-STAR Symposium MN

“Do you have an innovative approach for engaging your students, managing your classroom, integrating best practices or collaborating for improvement? This is your opportunity to share the innovative work you’re doing at your institution, for your department and in your classroom!

The STAR Symposium is scheduled for February 10, 2017. It is a virtual conference that will focus on topics related to quality initiatives and best practices (teaching, design, faculty support, etc.) for face-to-face, blended, and online courses and/or programs.”

“How video production affects student engagement: an empirical study of MOOC videos”

An MIT study looks at video length and learning outcomes. The study concludes with intriguing suggestions for using videos effectively. Link to article on Portal.

We studied active learning and you won’t believe what we found!

Seriously, active learning works only if you know what you are doing.

Spooky research

From the world of “oh, no, that’s my worst nightmare,” a study concluded that students learn more from good looking professors.