Easing Back Into Things

Happy Monday, everyone! We hope that you stayed safe and warm during your unexpected “vacation.”

Here are some reminders of upcoming faculty development opportunities to help us ease back into a full work week:

  • Betsy Longley is hosting Curriculum Mapping sessions this week. Do you need help either revising your Curriculum Maps, or just making sense out of the ones you already have? Stop by the Center for Teaching and Learning (L1735) during any of the following drop-in hours:
    Tuesday, Feb 5th: 10am – noon
    Wednesday Feb 6th: 2-3pm
    Friday, Feb 8th: 12-2pm
  • Minnesota State is hosting a series of webinars on a variety of D2L-related topics. All sessions are open to campus admins, campus trainers, and faculty. Each session will start at 11:00 AM on a Tuesday, will be 30-50 minutes, and will be recorded. Please plan to join the webinar a few minutes early so we can start on time.  The webinars are as follows:
  • The Minnesota Online Quality Initiative is also offering a series of webinars on topics ranging from creating learning objectives to building an effective online presence. More information can be found here.
  • Registration for this year’s STAR Symposium closes on Wednesday. More information can be found here.

If the cold makes you want to huddle up under a blanket and read, here are a few suggestions:

  • A new article from the Chronicle of Higher Education thinking about how much reading we assign in our courses, and whether it’s too much.
  • Sara Goldrick-Rab is coming to campus in March! Her book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and The Betrayal of the American Dream, speaks to what so many of our students experience. You can read more about Sara and her work here.
  • Carol Ormand of Carleton College has several interesting blog posts about stereotype threat, how it can affect student performance, and how faculty can address it. Check out her posts here and here.

Last but not least, the planning team for Recharge Normandale Day is looking for proposals for breakout sessions! We are looking for sessions that will enrich faculty and staff personally and professionally, contribute to the advancement of the college, or address student needs. Proposals are due February 6th; you can submit your proposal here.

Have a great week, everyone!


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