Are your students’ test and quiz scores lower than you hoped? Are you surprised that they don’t seem to remember key information from the textbook?
The Center for Teaching and Learning can help!
Join us today, September 18, in A2552 from 3-4 pm to hear a panel of faculty from biology, nursing, reading, and psychology talk about metacognitive strategies that they use in their own classrooms to get their students to think about how they learn, rather than simply what they learn.
Then, you will have the chance to think about how you can implement some of these same ideas into your own classroom. Hope to see you all there!
Here are a few additional reminders about resources and faculty development opportunities that you might find useful:
- This Friday, stop by the Professional Development Center (L1735), for snacks, coffee, and help with some specific D2L tools!
- From 10-11 AM: Discussion groups (new D2L feature!): It’s easier than ever to separate a topic by groups, link it to a single grade item, and grade efficiently!
- From 11 AM-12 PM: Quizzes/Turnitin/Respondus: Learn basic functions, advanced functions, and great ways to use these tools in D2L.
- “Quality Matters” workshops can be a great way to improve both online and hybrid courses. Here is the upcoming schedule of workshops, hosted by Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI).
- If you are interested in creating more diversity in open textbook publishing, you might want to participate in this webinar discussion at 11 AM on September 26, hosted by the Open Textbook Network and Rebus Community Office Hours.
- Two weeks ago, President Ester emailed faculty with information about how changes to DACA might affect our students. While this situation remains in flux, here is a link to the Minnesota State Guide to Supporting Safe and Inclusive Campuses, along with some other resources (compiled by Latino Student Advocate Javier Salinas Vega) that might be helpful:
- Normandale’s webpage for Latinx students.
- What do I need to know about the end of DACA? (from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center)
- Press Release from the Department of Homeland Security
- How DACA will affect Minnesota (from the Star Tribune)
- The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
- Navigate Minnesota
- The University of Minnesota’s Immigration Response Team website
- Last by not least, if you are already struggling with feeling overloaded by all the things you’ve said “yes” to, Stanford’s Tomorrow’s Professor blog has posted an excerpt from Rena Seltzer’s book The Coach’s Guide for Women Professors Who Want a Successful Career and a Well-Balanced Life. This excerpt not only describes the value in strategically saying “no,” but also provides specific suggestions for how to do it.
Have a great week, everyone!