And we’re off!

Welcome back everyone!  Here’s hoping your spring semester gets off to a great start this week!  We had some wonderful presentations and workshops for faculty development this past Friday during our development day–and if you have ideas for more workshops, presenters, or other faculty development opportunities this semester, please let one of the CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning) team know!

Just as a reminder, your CTL campus leaders are:

Humanities Division: Nina Rosenfeld
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Education Division: Amanda Hakemian
Health Sciences Division: Kristin Windschitl
Social Science, Business Division: Robert Frame and Bridget Reigstad

Campus CTL Leader: Jen Miller
Campus D2L Leader: Kathleen Coate

If your New Year’s resolution is to find ways to improve and expand your teaching (and even if it’s not!), here are some opportunities, both local and a bit farther away, that you might find interesting:

  • Minnesota State has several programs devoted to exploring open educational resources (OER).  For those looking to learn more about OER in general, this report from the Babson Survey Research Group provides a good overview of the current state of this trend within higher education.
  • Registration is open for the STAR Symposium, a one-day virtual conference on February 9 from 9 AM-4:30 PM.  This symposium has a full day of concurrent sessions on best practices and quality initiatives for improving teaching of all kinds, both in the classroom and online.  The registration fee is only $50 (and there are no travel costs!), so this is an easy way to spice up your teaching.
  • If you’re looking for something a bit farther away, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is hosting a 5-day seminar at Yellowstone Park from May 21-26, 2018, during which participants will not only learn about the history and current political conflicts surrounding the park, but also explore how to design courses that help students think about conflicts over public resources.  More information can be found here.

Also, if you feel like you have a pedagogical innovation that you would like to share–and maybe earn money for–Minnesota State is sponsoring two funding tracks for innovative practices or processes that contribute to student success, increased diversity and equality on our campuses, and the financial sustainability of our colleges and universities.  The first track offers up to $25,000 in a “Shark Tank” style competition; the second offers up to $10,000 for smaller projects that pilot new ideas or sustain existing innovations.  More information can be found in the “Innovation Funding” section of Minnesota State’s “Educational Innovations” webpage.

And last but not least, here is the schedule of D2L drop-in hours and Friday Coffee Fixes with our D2L leader, Kathleen Coate:

Drop-in hours (appointments not necessary, but recommended):

  • Mon, 9am-11am; 1:30-3pm
  • Tues, 9am-4pm
  • Wed, 9am-11am
  • Thurs, 9am-4pm
  • Fri, 9am-3pm (See Friday Coffee Fix schedule below)

By appointment only:

  • Tues, 4-6pm
  • Wed, 2:30-6pm
  • Fri, 3pm-4pm

Schedule for Friday Coffee Fixes, held from 10am-12pm in L1735
(Most sessions will repeat from 1-3pm)

  • Jan. 19th: Quizzes/Discussion groups
  • Feb. 2nd: Online/Hybrid delivery strategies – best practices
  • Feb. 9th: Office 365 – integration with D2L
  • Feb. 16th: BYOQ (Bring your own questions)
  • Feb. 23rd: Office 365- integration with D2L
  • Mar. 2nd: BYOQ
  • Mar. 16th: Managing groups in D2L – best practices
  • Mar. 23rd: BYOQ
  • Mar. 30th: Cloud migration and mobile ways to use D2L
  • Apr. 13th: D2L Connection: Minnesota Edition–all-day conference at Normandale
  • Apr. 27th: Gradebook

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