Panel on Student Placement, Finding Your Place Podcast, Technology Offerings, and Interactive Teaching Techniques

Happy Monday everyone!

Just a reminder that this afternoon, CTL, the Multiple Measures workgroup, and the Developmental Education and Placement Testing Committee (DEEPT-C) are hosting a panel on student placement from 3-4 pm in S2325.

Even though we often think of placement testing in relation to the subjects of the tests—English, Reading, and Math—course placement affects everyone on campus. For example, if you have a reading or writing prerequisite on your class, changes to the reading or writing placement process will affect the students in your course. Course placement also affects students’ persistence, retention, and completion, how much advising they might need, what they spend their financial aid on, and more. Because of the wide-reaching effects of course placement, it is important that we as a campus understand the process, how it affects our students, and what changes might be made to the process.

At this panel of students, faculty, and staff, you will have an opportunity to ask questions and hear more about the following:

  • the placement process from students themselves
  • the upcoming changes to this process
  • the options we have regarding these changes
  • decisions that we will need to make

The panel will be held in S2325—we hope many of you will be able to attend. The panel will conclude with enough time for attendees to also attend the Jennifer Isaacs tribute.


David Engen of MSU Mankato and Robert Jersak of Century College have developed a podcast featuring students sharing their insights and advice about college called “Finding Your Place.” This podcast allows students to hear about college from their peers, while also acknowledging the cultural assets that the student producers themselves have.

This podcast could be a great resource to share with students in a class like NCC 1000 or some of the other courses that students often take during their first semester at college–students could even be encouraged to add in their own thoughts about college by contributing to the ongoing supplementary episodes of the podcast. For more ideas about how to incorporate this podcast into your class, you can check out the accompanying educator’s guide.


In technology-related news, this Friday’s Coffee Fix is “Planning for spring.” Want to begin planning or make changes to your online environment for next semester? Stop by L1735 from 8:30- 10:30 am on Friday, November 22 for some tips and/or resources to get you started.

Also, Minnesota State’s offerings this week include:


And last but not least, if you are looking to try something new in the classroom as the semester winds down, you might be interested in this article “Interactive Techniques from the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Florida. This could be a great way to shake things up a bit and keep students engaged for the last few weeks of the semester.

Have a great week, everyone!

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