Before you go…(seriously, you’ll want to read this)

Teaching Circles re-imagined – Apply before you go!

Teaching Circles is undergoing some exciting changes for 2018-19!! Participants will now receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the program!!  Two Teaching Circles groups will be offered this coming fall on the topics of “Culturally Responsive Pedagogy” and “Teaching Through Active Learning.”  Submit your application form (available here) to Ruth Robinson (F2205) as soon as possible. Applications received by May 15th will receive the highest priority.

Videos for All

By now you’ve probably heard…we are working with Minn State’s “Captioning Project Seed Funding” program to create a robust method for using and creating fully accessible videos in all classes – this is an ongoing project that’s just getting started and we’d love for you to be the first to get involved!

How do I get in on Videos for All?

Take this survey! 

  • Login to the survey using Office 365 credentials: [YourStarID] and your Star ID Password
  • Earn $3 in Lancer Bucks and entry into a drawing for $25 Lancer Bucks! (Drawing held on August 23rd)

Come to a summer workshop on either May 22nd (10am-12pm) or June 26 (8am-10am – Location: L3711 – RSVP required)

  • Discuss how to find pre-made videos for your courses
  • Experiment with MediaSpace (online software for storing and creating videos)
  • See a demo of Camtasia Studio (video-creation software)
  • Learn how to make and/or request captions for your videos
  • Receive a FREE headset and option for FREE Camtasia (first 10 faculty to respond to each date)
  • RSVP to or 952-358-8617

Click here for the Videos for All flyer

Teaching in the summer?

Click here for the full summer workshops schedule

How can I promote student engagement?

Come to a workshop on either May 22nd (1pm-3pm) or June 26th (10:30am-12:30pm – Location: L3711 – RSVP requested)

  • Learn consistency of design and the Checklist tool (in other words – Jazz up your Content!)
  • Experiment with Templates
  • Set up Release Conditions
  • Set up Intelligent Agents
  • RSVP to or 952-358-8617

What changes are coming to D2L on June 2nd?

You’ll notice some great new features, and some hidden gems when D2L moves to the cloud.

Come to a workshop on either May 21st (10am-11am OR 1pm-2pm) OR June 25th (9am-10am OR 11am-12pm) Location: L3711 – RSVP requested)

  • Images – more robust editing ability in html files- See video (2:30)
  • Intelligent Agent – re-designed edit page – See video (4:36)
  • Quizzes – add a “due date” as well as an “end date”
  • Manage Dates – “due date” now included
  • ePortfolio – D2L has provided an overview video and a video to help you navigate this new tool for Minnesota State campuses.

To explore these new features on your own, go to your “quality assurance” (QA) test site in D2L’s cloud available at  Login using your StarID credentials.  After you log in, you’ll find the same look and feel of D2L Brightspace.  Listed below are descriptions of some of the new features and changes you’ll see after we migrate on June 1-2.  Don’t wait, try these out today!

Want one-on-one help with D2L Brightspace?

Contact the ITS Helpdesk

Contact the help desk at 952-358-8181 or use the AskUs – Employee edition ticket system – select “Click to login” in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Make an appointment

Kathleen Coate will be on campus only periodically through the summer – please see the schedule below, and let her know if you’d like to schedule an appointment. (, 952-358-8617)
(You may also drop-by without an appointment, however priority will be given to pre-made appointments.)
Wed May 16th 9am-2pm
Thurs May 17 9am-2pm
Wed May 30 12-4pm
Thurs May 31 12-3pm
Mon June 4 9am-2pm
Tues June 5 9am-12pm
Wed June 6 9am-12pm
Thurs June 7 9am-12pm
Thurs June 14 12-3pm
Tues July 10 9am-11am
Tues July 31 9:30-11:30am; 12:30-2pm
Mon Aug. 6 9am-12pm
Tues Aug. 7 10am-12pm
Mon Aug. 20 9am-2pm

Have a very healthy, creative, and invigorating summer!


Your CTL team



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