Things You Need to Know About Student Absences and Domain Changes

Good morning all!

Did you know that faculty members are legally required to make attendance-related accommodations for students who are pregnant or parenting, or who have a disability registered with the Office for Students with Disabilities?

On Monday, January 29th, CTL, together with staff from the Office of Students with Disabilities, is giving the presentation “What You Need to Know About Student Absences Related to Pregnancy, Parenting, and Disability.”

Come to this session to learn about federal legislation that may affect your classes, as well as to hear about ways that you might accommodate pregnant/parenting students or those with disabilities while still maintaining the rigor and integrity of your courses.

This presentation will take place on Monday, January 29th from 3-4 pm in A2552.  We hope to see you there!

Also, are you struggling to keep all the emails about technology changes straight?  Here are some things to help you out!

  • IT has created a website about the upcoming Office 365 migration, with both FAQs and a checklist for both faculty and students.  A lot of the information in the FAQ is for students, which can be a bit confusing–make sure you are looking for information directed at faculty and staff.
  • Also, the Friday Coffee Fixes on Friday February 9 AND February 23 will help faculty work through any questions or challenges that they might be experiencing with the Office 365 migration, as well as offer strategies about how to integrate this technology into D2L.
  • And as always, if you have any questions, please contact Jen Miller, Kathleen Coate, or another member of the CTL team!

Here are a few other things you might be interested in, as well:

  • Here are some strategies from Stanford’s Tomorrow’s Teaching and Learning blog on how to develop rapport with students and build a positive classroom climate.
  • The Minnesota D2L conference is being held right here at Normandale on April 13th!  If you are interested in presenting at the conference, proposals are due Feb. 1.  More information about both presenting and general registration can be found here.
  • The 2018 “E”ffordability summit, which addresses the rising cost of educational materials, will take place at UW-Stout on March 26-27.  This year’s conference will provide the “opportunity for attendees to share their best practices, experiences and issues relating to the use of open educational resources as well as other educational content affordability topics.”
  • An interesting article from The Chronicle of Higher Education about how to involve students more actively in course design.
  • Finally, registration for the Minnesota State book group is now open!  This year’s topic is immigration and learning about our immigrant students and communities. Participants will read Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother, which “is a true story from award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario recounting the odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States.”  Faculty are invited to participate in several ways:
    • First, there will be three 90-minute virtual Adobe Connect meetings to discuss how the experiences and perspectives in this book relate to our students and communities.  These meetings will take place on:
      1. Thursday, Feb 22, 12:00-1:30 pm
      2. Thursday, March 22, 12:00-1:30 pm
      3. Thursday, April 26, 12:00-1:30 pm
    • There is also a D2L Brightspace course “to explore issues related to immigration, helping immigrant students succeed, and understanding our communities and the news.  The “course” will use short, asynchronous, interactive activities to help us explore how we can better serve our students, connect across the system, and share resources.”  Here is the syllabus for the course, as well as instructions on how to register for it.

Good luck with the snow, everyone–drive safely!


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