Help Us Redesign our Syllabus Checklist! (plus other development opportunities)

This afternoon (Monday, October 30th), from 3-4 pm in A2552, the Center for Teaching and Learning needs your help!  We want to revise our syllabus checklist, and we’re looking for your input.

  • How do you present syllabus information to your students?
  • How do you balance being thorough with being inviting?
  • How do you creatively engage your students while still conveying important information?

During this afternoon’s workshop, we will review best practices in accessible syllabus design, while also brainstorming for ways to be more creative and engaging.  Not only will we serve cookies, but maybe you’ll come away with a few ideas for how to improve your own syllabi for Spring 2018, as well!

If you can’t make the session, stop the Professional Development Center (L1735) on Wednesday, November 1 from 1-3 PM to find out what you missed or to share your thoughts on what we could change.

Here are some other upcoming events from both near and far….

  • This Friday’s Coffee Fix (10 AM-12 PM in L1735) will focus on using Adobe Connect, which is Web conferencing software that allows you to meet and
    work with your students live – from anywhere! Here is the full schedule for Friday Coffee Fixes this semester.
  • This Thursday is the CTE (Career and Technical Education) Works! Summit, “a professional development gathering of 400+ career pathways and CTE professionals from Minnesota State colleges, high schools and workforce organizations.” It is being held at the Crown Plaza AiRE; you can find more information and registration details here.
  • If you are interested in either participating in a group to author an open textbook or redesigning a course around no-cost materials, you can still apply for funding from Minnesota State!  The deadline for applications has been extended to this Friday, November 3.  You can also contact Karen Pikula, Minnesota State OER Faculty Development Coordinator ( with questions about these opportunities.
  • Lake Superior College is offering POET (Program for Online Excellence in Teaching), a a 12-week online teaching fundamentals class that “will introduce new, relatively new, or any faculty member new to teaching online to the instructional management system D2L Brightspace (D2L), best practices in course design and the intricacies of online teaching and learning.”  The course starts January 22, 2018, and costs $500 (faculty can use faculty development funds if they are available).  More information about the course (including registration information) can be found here.

And before you hurry off to figure out what you’re going to be for Halloween tomorrow, Nicole Matos at the Chronicle of Higher Education has an article entitled “What My Struggling Students Wanted Me to Understand” that is well worth a few minutes of your time.


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