Creating Open, Inclusive, and Accessible Classrooms

There is a lot of focus on open educational resources and accessible classrooms throughout the Minnesota State system this fall.  Here are some upcoming events that you might find interesting:

  • Tuesday, October 3, from 3-4 pm, Minnesota State is hosting a webinar designed to help support faculty around issues of accessibility and universal design.
  • If you are interested in considering open textbooks for your courses, you can get paid to do it!  After completing an introductory webinar on October 18, you review a textbook from the Open Textbook Library and then receive a small honorarium.  Here is information about how to register for this webinar and participate in this review process.
  • Minnesota State is also hosting two online learning circles in Spring 2018 for those looking for a more in-depth exploration of open education.  One learning circle focuses on collaboratively authoring an open textbook; the other looks at redesigning courses around no-cost course materials.  Applications for these learning circles are due October 20; faculty whose applications are accepted will receive release time for their participation in the learning circle.
  • Century College’s Institute of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy is creating several faculty cohorts to help faculty create inclusive classrooms with both high expectations and holistic support for students.  These cohorts are organized several times throughout the year; the cost for participating is $250.  Contact LuAnn Wood or Nickyia Cogshell for more information.

There is an updated schedule for the Friday Coffee Fixes with Kathleen Coate, our D2L trainer–take a look!  This upcoming Friday, we will be discussing Awards and Certificates, along with Intelligent Agents.  Join us in L1735 from 10-12 for coffee, snacks, and D2L advice!

Here are a few more upcoming events that might be of interest:

  • LeadMN, the student association for Minnesota community and technical colleges, is hosting a 1-day summit for faculty and staff on October 20th on civic engagement.  According to the summit organizers, “The event will explore the civic spectrum and the journey that students can take to become engaged citizens, include a conversation about the theory of change, how to develop action plans to implement on campus, and a democratic dialogue exercise that is developed by the Kettering Foundation.” Click here for more information.
  • Benson Rutten Innovations is hosting an event at Macalester College on Thursday, October 26 from 1-4 pm called “It Takes a Village: Inspiring Young Black Women and Girls.”  Click here to learn more.

Last but not least, even if you think you already know everything about D2L, make sure you stop by our next CTL hour on Monday, October 16 from 3-4 pm in A2552: “What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know About D2L.” Many hidden gems exist in the maze of our learning management software.  This session will bring these gems to the surface for you to glean; some of these gems will be demonstrated, others will be described in detailed handouts that you can either take for another day, or schedule an individual training session to explore.  Either way, one thing’s for sure: there are things you don’t know you don’t know, but will really love.  Presented by Kathleen Coate and Sue Tischendorf.

Have a great week, all!


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