Happy Monday, everyone! We hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl (and the commercials!) yesterday if that’s your thing 🙂
Information from last week’s CTL Hour “What You Need to Know About Student Absences Related to Pregnancy, Parenting, and Disability” is now available on the Center for Teaching and Learning D2L page. If you have additional questions about these accommodation requirements, please contact one of the campus CTL leaders, a member of the OSD staff, or one of the members of the campus Title IX team.
Last week’s Chalk & Pixels had a great FAQ about issues related to the minnstate.edu domain change, as well as the upcoming Office 365 migration. Take a look to get some clarity about these technology changes! You can also stop by L1735 on Friday between 10 and noon, and then again between 1 and 3, for this week’s “Friday Coffee Fix,” which covers both integrating Office 365 with D2L as well as any questions you might have about the Office 365 migration. There will be hot chocolate and Girl Scout cookies, too 🙂
Also, the Center for Teaching and Learning will be hosting a breakout session on Recharge Normandale Day about cellphone use in the classroom. If you have great ideas on this topic that you’d like to share–ideas about how to creatively integrate smart technology, as well as ideas about how to limit the distractions of technology–please email Jen Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let her know what you’re thinking.
Here are some other faculty development opportunities you might be interested in:
- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. HR now has an online self-paced FERPA course available in the Enterprise Learning Management (ELM) system for all Minnesota State employees.
Here are login instructions:
Log in to the State of Minnesota Self Service site using your eight digit State ID Number and password.
· Choose the self service link,
· Choose the Enterprise Learning Management link, and ELM subfolder,
· Use Find Learning to search for the course title FERPA and follow links to enroll
- One more reminder about the STAR Symposium (Scholarship-Teaching-Academics-Recognition), a virtual conference that will take place this Friday, February 9th. As explained on the conference website, “There are nearly 25 sessions focused on to improving student learning, faculty support, course design and delivery, assessment practices, technology integration and student engagement strategies.” Registration closes on Thursday morning at 8 AM, so there’s still time to sign up!
- Last but not least, Stanford’s Tomorrow’s Professor blog has posted an excerpt from Jay Howard’s book Discussion in the College Classroom: Getting Your Students Engaged and Participating in Person and Online that talks about how clearly defining student and instructor roles and responsibilities in the classroom can create an environment more conducive to student learning.
Have great afternoon, everyone! Stay warm!