New Faculty Focus Interview; plus more ways to help our students

Hi all! Happy October!

Since it’s a new month, we have a new Faculty Focus interview for you, this time with Brooke Thaden-Koch in sociology. We’re still working out the best way to record these interviews, so the audio quality isn’t the best–we would recommend turning down the volume at the beginning. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, and hope that this doesn’t deter you from learning more about Brooke and her work.

We would also like to let you know about two upcoming CTL hours this month:

  • On Monday, October 15 from 3-4 pm in A2552, we will be hearing from Lauren Schumann from the Office for Students with Disabilities about “Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum.” We will learn a bit about what autism is and how it affects students, and then discuss possible strategies for helping these students in the classroom. Faculty are encouraged to bring examples they have encountered in the classroom to work through as case studies with the group.
  • On Monday, October 29 from 3-4 pm in A2552, Dr. Chris Jazwinski and Dr. Amanda Hemmesch from St. Cloud State University will present a workshop on fostering a sense of belonging in the classroom.

Stay tuned for more details about both of these workshops!

Also, while there is no Coffee Fix this Friday, on Oct. 12th, Kathleen Coate will be hosting a “BYOQ” (Bring Your Own Questions) Coffee Fix in L1735 from 10am-12pm and then again from 1-3pm. Topics could include grading individual quiz questions, how to change a quiz question after the quiz has been submitted, how to set up Turnitin and inform students about it, how to set up and grade group discussions efficiently, or whatever you want to know about!

An additional opportunity to improve your online courses comes through MOQI–the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative–which hosts many workshops and webinars throughout the year. Check out their calendar of events for more information.

And last but not least, we would like to draw your attention to the work of The Hope Center (formerly the Wisconsin Hope Lab), which researches the many real-world factors that stand in between students and college success, and works with community partners to support students facing these challenges. Their website includes details on the studies they have done, as well as information about their current projects. It’s fascinating work, and we’d encourage you to check it out!

Have a great week, everyone!


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