As we move into the final weeks of the semester, here are some upcoming events and faculty development opportunities to help keep you going strong to the end:
On Monday, April 16th, we have not one but TWO faculty development opportunities!
- A Discussion of Richard Leider’s Book The Power of Purpose—3-4 pm in A2552
During this session, faculty will go more in-depth with Richard Leider’s work on purpose. They will have the opportunity to complete his “Calling Cards” exercise, which helps participants discover their gifts, as well as discuss key themes and ideas from The Power of Purpose.
Presenters: Dara Hagen, Vice President of Student Affairs, and Jen Miller, Faculty in English
- Escape Rooms—2:30-5:30 pm in the Kopp Student Center
Phi Theta Kappa will be hosting three different escape rooms, where participants have about 30 minutes to work together to unlock the solution of the room. This event is open to both faculty and students; faculty can participate by forming a team of 4 faculty members, by inviting students from their classes to participate, or by being available to help groups in need of an extra participant. This presents a unique opportunity on campus to practice team building and leadership, all while having fun!
Presented by Phi Theta Kappa; email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or for more info
Monday, April 30th is the final CTL hour of the semester. We will be having a panel discussion about various strategies for addressing grief in the classroom, whether it is caused by personal loss, the death of a fellow classmate or faculty member, or the themes or content of the course itself. This session will be held from 3-4 PM in A2552. We hope to see you there!
Additionally, this Friday, April 13th, is the D2L Connection: Minnesota Edition conference right here at Normandale! There will be no Friday Coffee Fix because of this, but you can still register for the conference here.
A few more opportunities and articles that might be of interest:
- For those interested in assessing students’ prior learning, Minnesota State is hosting the Credit for Prior Learning Academy on Friday, April 20th from 8 AM to 2:30 PM at Normandale. Participants will explore multiple approaches for assessing prior learning; more details, including registration information, can be found here.
- Patrick Sullivan’s piece entitled “Shaping the Public Narrative about Teaching and Learning” is an empowering reminder about the power of our voices as educators to influence the public’s view of higher education. This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of Liberal Education, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities–this whole issue, in fact, is filled with valuable perspectives on how to create more inclusive classrooms.
- The Tomorrow’s Professor blog has an article about how to ask questions in class in a way that generates student response, rather than silence.
Have a great week, everyone!