(Nearing the) End of the semester resources: mental health, gradebook help, and more!

Next Monday, November 20th, Dr. Amy Wagener (Licensed Psychologist and Director of Mental Health and Wellness at Normandale) and Lavonne Evenson, M.S. (Licensed Professional Counselor in the Normandale Counseling Department) will present “Managing Students in Distress: Inside and Outside the Classroom.”

This presentation will cover common mental health issues experienced by students; will help faculty define, understand, and respond to students’ crisis situations, including strategies for both inside the classroom and one on one; will look at how to set appropriate boundaries with students; and will cover where to refer/with whom to consult on campus during a crisis situation.

A list of on and off-campus resources for handling a crisis situation in the moment and for referring students to afterward will also be provided.

This presentation will be held on Monday, November 20th from 3-4 PM in A2552.  We hope to see you there!

There are also two more Friday Coffee Fixes in L1735 this semester:

  • On Friday, November 17th, Kathleen will be covering templates & design strategies: Did you know that D2L has pre-made content designs that you can use for robust, interactive Content files?? Come learn how to get them into your class.
  • On Friday, December 1st, she will go over the gradebook:  Prepare for finals!  Make sure everything is set up correctly, and learn best practices for releasing and submitting student grades.

Extra gradebook help will also be available on Monday, December 18 and Tuesday, December 19–stay tuned for more information!

Here are a few other tidbits that might be of interest:

  • During our last CTL hour, we had a great discussion about how to make syllabi more engaging.  Here’s an article from David Gooblar at The Chronicle of Higher Education about using visual material in your syllabus.
  • Stanford’s Tomorrow’s Teaching and Learning blog has a summary of ways to make large lectures more effective.
  • Research from Richard W. Patterson and Robert M. Patterson found that students who were required to use laptops in class performed significantly worse, and students who were asked to not use their laptops performed significantly better, than students who were not affected by a laptop policy.  You can read more about their findings here, and discuss this research with the University of Minnesota’s Pedagogical Innovations Club on Thursday, November 16 from 11:30-12:30.  The group meets in Room 444 of University Office Plaza; you can also attend via WebEx.

Four weeks of classes left, everyone!  We can do it!


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