Happy Tuesday, everyone!
We’ll start off this week with a new Faculty Focus interview, this time with Betsy Longley, Faculty in Chemistry and CTL Leader: Assessment Coordinator. Learn how Betsy sees chemistry all around her, what excites her about assessment, and what she thinks you should know about assessment here at Normandale! (A reminder–these interviews are just audio, even though a blank video screen appears as well.)
As Betsy mentions in her interview, there is an Assessment Boot Camp being held on Friday, April 10 from 9 AM to 3 PM. There are 4 spots left, so if you are hoping to attend, email Betsy soon!
Minnesota State continues to offer online webinars on various topics--here are several that are coming up in the next few weeks:
- Rubrics to Save Time Evaluating Student Work, Wednesday, January 22, 10-11 AM.
- Creating Accessible Documents (Short Course), begins Monday, January 27. This course runs for three weeks, with five hours of work expected per week.
- Humanizing Your Course Webinar, Wednesday, February 5, 12-1 PM.
And while June might seem like a long way off, there are some great opportunities for faculty development that might be good to plan ahead for:
- The Higher Education Innovation Summit, June 3-5, Rochester, Minnesota. As stated on the conference website, “This summit is designed to connect creative educators and researchers seeking to transform higher education through innovations that enhance student learning.” Keynote speakers will be Cathy Davidson, author of the best-selling book: The New Education, educational innovator, and a distinguished scholar of the history of technology, and Jennifer Sparrow, Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State University. Proposals are being solicited on the following topics–these proposals are due January 24:
- Strategies and classroom approaches to support student mental health
- Creativity in the classroom
- Effective innovation in online higher education
- Learning environments
- Technology in higher education
- The University of Minnesota–Twin Cities is hosting a workshop entitled “Facilitating Intercultural Learning in Globally Diverse Classrooms” on June 10-12. As stated on their website, “The workshop is intended for faculty and instructors who seek to create inclusive learning environments that successfully engage all students through intentional course design and teaching practices.”
It’s hard to think of summer when there’s so much snow on the ground, but these are both great opportunities close to home that align with many of our strategic initiatives here at Normandale. If you need funding to attend either event, remember that individual faculty development funds are available–you can contact Rob Gronemann for more information.
Last but not least, if you have suggestions for possible Common Book candidates, or if you would like to be involved in helping shape the Common Book program, please email Jen Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your suggestions and ideas.
Have a great (short) week, everyone!