You Ask–CTL Listens!

Thank you to everyone who shared CTL training requests at their division meetings during the August Development Days! We are sorting through the suggestions and using them to figure out which workshops to offer this fall.

Two of those suggestions were to have a workshop on students with autism, and to have more programs on belonging and inclusiveness.  Well, you asked, and we answered!

  • TODAY (Monday, October 15th) from 3-4 pm, CTL and OSD are holding a workshop on working with students with autism. In this workshop, faculty and staff 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. Please bring challenges or scenarios that you have encountered in the classroom to work through with the group as case studies!
  • In two weeks, on Monday, October 29th, Dr. Chris Jazwinski and Dr. Amanda R. Hemmesch from the Department of Psychology at St. Cloud State University will present “Mindsets, Belonging, Student Resilience, and Success.” In this presentation, Drs. Jazwinski and Hemmesch will discuss key concepts related to student competence and achievement, including mindset, belonging, and belonging uncertainty.  They will focus on scholarship on belonging, defined as the perceived quality of fit between oneself and a setting, particularly how it applies to academics. This presentation will be held from 3-4 pm in A2552.

Many of you also wanted more training on online or hybrid courses–we can help you there, too! Want to take an in-depth look at your online or hybrid course? The Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI) offers several methods for training and improving your courses within the online environment. Click here for the MOQI website; you can also find more information in this flyer.

Here is some other information you might find useful:

  • D2L updates are coming this Thursday, Oct. 18th, just in time for MEA break. Review these updates for Quizzes, Assignments, and HTML Quicklinks – see the attached summary, or full description document for more info.
  • As a reminder, submissions for the 2018-2019 Discipline Teaching Grants program are due by the end of the day, Monday, October 15th. Complete funding details are available at here.
  • The 2019 STAR Symposium will be held February 8, 2019. The award-winning STAR Symposium celebrates excellence in post-secondary teaching and learning by providing an avenue for individuals to share best practices, ideas, and resources with colleagues. This virtual one-day conference includes presentations that focus on pedagogical approaches including delivery via face-to-face, blended, flipped and online classrooms. The Call for Proposals is open until November 16, 2018–click here to submit your proposal. 
  • Want to know more about Open Educational Resources (OER)? Faculty at OpenOregon have created a helpful FAQ!
  • This post from the Tomorrow’s Professor blog highlights ways in which Dr.Carolyn Gentle-Genitty from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) uses the Canva online system to make online learning more personal. While this system is different from our D2L system, many of tools are the same–her strategies also point to the power of assessment in tailoring online education to individual students. Take a look at the post, and if there are tools that Dr. Gentle-Genitty uses in Canva that sound interesting to you, email Kathleen Coate and see whether D2L has something similar!

Have a great Fall Break, everyone!

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