Happy First Day of Class!

Hi all!

We hope the first day of the spring semester is off to a great start! As the semester progresses, if there are training needs that you and your department have, please let us know–we’d love to help!

In today’s post, we mostly just want to let you know that the materials from the breakout sessions on Friday’s Development Day are posted on the CTL D2L page. The fifth module down is “Material from Development Days,” and the slideshows and handouts that were included as part of presentations can be found there. We currently have materials from these sessions:

  • Mary O’Brien’s sessions on Hybrid Course Design and Online Assessments and Engagement
  • Betsy Longley’s session on “Small Changes in Teaching: Fostering a Sense of Belonging in the Classroom
  • Betsy Longley’s session on “Assessing Student Learning: Making Connections”
  • John Parker Der Boghossian’s session on “Responding to Flash Points about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”

We will post additional materials if they become available.

There were many conversations on Friday about promoting safety on campus and ways of preventing violence. Two things in particular arose that I wanted to highlight:

  • Jason Cardinal came to the division meetings and presented information on the role of the Care Team. Of particular interest to many faculty was the list of changes in behavior that might be of concern. A version of that list can be found on the Care Team page.
  • Also, several faculty recommended Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion by George Thompson as a useful book for learning more about de-escalation techniques.

We will let you know about more safety-related training opportunities as they are planned.

As you are thinking about other training needs for this spring, here are some possible development opportunities:

  • The 2019 Star Symposium is scheduled for Friday, February 8th. This virtual, one-day conferences will provide participants with information on “pedagogical approaches including delivery via face-to-face, blended, flipped and online classrooms.” More information, including how to register, can be found here.
  • The Minnesota State Spring 2019 Equity Book Group will be reading The College Fear Factor: How Students and Professors Misunderstand One Another. Information about how to participate in this book group can be found here (log in with STAR ID and password).
  • If you specifically looking for online learning training opportunities, Winona State University is offering an 8-week online class called “WeTeach: Online/Blended Design & Delivery.” Information about course meetings, requirements, and cost can be found here.
  • And, of course, Normandale’s own D2L/online learning trainer, Kathleen Coate, will be offering the following drop-in/appointment hours this semester:
    • Monday, 9am-4pm
    • Tuesday, 9am-10am; 2pm-4pm
    • Wednesday, 10am-2pm (AND 4pm-6pm by appointment only)
    • Thursday, 9am-10am; 2pm-4pm (AND 4pm-6pm by appointment only)
    • Most Fridays, “Friday Coffee Fix” – specific topics featured.  10am-2pm

Have a great week, everyone!


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