As we come back today from spring break, we do so knowing that Normandale is not the same that it was. The loss of Ben over break has shocked and saddened us. Lean on each other, celebrate the memories you have with others who knew him, and reach out for help if you need it. Remember that the Employee Assistance Program will be available on Tuesday from 12-4 and Wednesday from 10:30-4:30 in the conference room of the Human Resources suite if you need counseling or support. They can also be reached at 1-800-657-3719 if you need additional assistance.
It’s hard to think about anything else in the face of such terrible news, but I do want to remind everyone of a few upcoming faculty development opportunities:
- On Monday, March 19th from 3-4 pm in A2552, CTL will be sponsoring a session with Advising and Counseling about ways that faculty can work together with Advising and Counseling to help students with questions about registration, withdrawing from courses, degree plans, etc.
- Tuesday, March 20th, is Recharge Normandale day. CTL is holding a breakout session on the use of smartphones in the classroom. If you are looking for suggestions on how to manage the presence of smartphones in your classes, or if you have ideas for how to creatively integrate this technology, come check it out. The session will be held twice–once from 12:15-1:15 and again from 1:30-2:30 in A2552.
- This week’s Friday Coffee Fix is on Managing Groups in D2L. You will learn new ideas for using the Groups tool, setting up discussion boards, folders,
Office 365 shared documents, and more. This session is held twice–10-noon and 1-3 in L1735.
- Also, the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI) is offering two one-day workshops this spring. Join colleagues from around the region to collaborate on organizing your online curriculum in a way that is proven to help students navigate online or hybrid courses. Ask Kathleen Coate for help registering with your faculty development funds.
Hang in there, everyone.