Exciting News! CTL on D2L!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Our exciting news today is that the Center for Teaching and Learning has its own D2L page, named, appropriately, “Center for Teaching and Learning.”  This D2L page will be used as a repository for materials from CTL-sponsored events, making it easier for faculty to apply what they have learned in their own classrooms.  If you miss a CTL hour, no problem!  PowerPoint presentations, handouts, Common Book materials, teaching strategies, D2L resources, and the like can now all be found on this site.  You can also see reminders about upcoming events, including CTL hours and D2L training.

Thanks very much to Sue Tischendorf for getting this D2L page up and running!

Also, mark your calendars for next Monday’s CTL hour–“What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know About D2L,” held in A2552 from 3-4 pm.  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.

A few more notes of interest this week:

  • Kathleen Coate will NOT be holding D2L drop-in hours on Thursday, October 12.
  • The University of Minnesota’s Institute for Global Studies is holding a “Somali for Educators” workshop on Saturday, October 21 from 9 am – 3 pm.  In this workshop, “participants will develop some Somali cultural competencies and learn the basics of Somali conversation (including introductions and greetings) through interactive exercises. Participants will also learn some of the features of the Somali written alphabet, and will learn to pronounce Somali names correctly.” The cost for this workshop is $40; you can use faculty development funds for this event, but you must apply before the event. Register for this workshop here!
  • The STAR Symposium, a virtual conference that provides educators with a way to share best practices and resources, is now accepting proposals for their upcoming event, held on February 9, 2018.  You can find more information about the symposium, or submit a proposal here.
  • Finally, continuing with the theme of open and accessible classrooms from last week, this article by James Lang at the Chronicle of Higher Education talks about how creating a more accessible classroom can benefit all students, and this resource from the University of Washington invites us to think about how welcoming and accessible our campuses are.

Have a great week, everyone!


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