Holiday Gift List, CTL Style: Book Recommendations, DTL Help, and more

This afternoon, I wanted to start off with two book recommendations–holiday gift list ideas, perhaps, or something to curl up with over the semester break:

  • 51vQE0iFYcL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_The first is Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nozario.  This book is the focus of the Minnesota State Spring 2018 Book Group.  Faculty and staff throughout the system will be provided with opportunities to discuss the book using D2L Brightspace and Adobe Connect; they are also encouraged to connect with other faculty and staff on their campuses to discuss the book in person.  Here at Normandale, we have ordered several copies of the book, and they have been placed on 2-week loan in the library.  If you are interested in participating in a campus version of the book group, please email Jen Miller (


  • The second, Teaching College: The Ultimate Guide to Lecturing, Presenting, and Engaging Students, is a recommendation from St. Paul College, which is bringing in the author Norman Eng for their January development day.  It’s a great choice for those new to teaching, as well as seasoned educators looking for new ideas.

Also, as we near the end of the semester, remember that Kathleen Coate has both regular D2L drop-in hours this week, and then extended drop-in hours during finals week:

d2l regular drop in hours 2017

d2l extended finals week hours 2017

And last but not least, the New England Literacy Resource Center at World Education is presentation a webinar on Thursday, December 7 from 1-2:30 PM CST entitled “How to be an Effective Ally to Adult Students.”  This webinar will address some of the “real and perceived threats based on some aspect of their identities – race, immigrant status, gender identity, etc.” that our adult students have to face, and explore the role that educators can play in “creating safety, dispelling myths, and building the capacity of students to engage civically [sic] for their rights.”  Registration information can be found here.

Hang in there, everyone–we’ve almost made it!


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