Success day sessions on accessibility and online teaching and a reading group on Somalia.

3 Important Tips for Creating “Barrier-Free” Online Classroom:
A Hands-on Workshop for Success Day (Tuesday, Feburary 28th)

This will be a hands-on workshop for learning some tools for creating barrier-free online classes. We will practice ways to make documents accessible, caption videos, and create audio descriptions for visual elements (such as photos or drawings.) Bring some materials if you would like to experiment, or just observe and gather ideas on how you can help all students succeed in your online classes. A 2552, 10-10:50; A 2556, 1-1:50

Engaging Online Teaching/Learning Quickly and Confidently

for Success Day (Tuesday, Feburary 28th)

In this session, we will cover two related topics: Teaching Online Courses and Taking Online Courses (based on personal experiences). For the first topic, we will discuss how to implement a few critical aspects of online teaching and learning to start your online teaching quickly and confidently. For the second topic, we will talk about some simple strategies that will help students to be successful online leaners. 11-11:50, C 2024

Somali Reading Group – March 20th & April 17th

Infusing Africa into the Curriculum Project (A Title XI grant from the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Global Studies):
Normandale is collaborating with the University of Minnesota on this project as a pilot college to work at making concerns of the African continent more central to our teaching.
As a part of this project, Sadie Pendaz-Foster (Sociology) is initiating a reading circle/group that would ideally be ongoing, and will look at different African countries year-by-year to help faculty educate themselves on issues that may of importance on the continent and to our students.  We will start with Somalia this Spring, and read two books:
1). The World’s Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia (2013) (to read & discuss by Monday March 20th in L1774 from 3:00-4:00) by James Fergusson
Despite its potentially sensationalized title, this book, written by a Western journalist, provides an even look at recent conflicts and opportunities in contemporary Somalia.
2). Elusive Jannah: The Somali Diaspora and a Borderless Muslim Identity (2015)  (to read & discuss by Monday April 17th in L1774 from 3:00-4:00) by Cawo M. Abdi
Cawo M. Abdi is a sociology professor at the U of M, and as the author she said she may come to the meeting discussing this book, if possible.
The Infusing Africa into the Curriculum Project has supplied some copies of the book, and Sadie has some in her office.  As well, Rachel Wightman at the library is ordering some for reserve.
Please direct all question to Sadie: sadie.pendaz@normandale.edu
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