Giving Thanks for Faculty Development

Happy Monday, everyone! Here’s hoping you have a great short week and a very happy Thanksgiving.

If you attended last Monday’s panel on student placement and are looking to give feedback on the options, the form to submit can be found here. If you weren’t able to attend the panel, no worries–the Multiple Measures team will be working with departments, as well as presenting during the January Development Day, to share information about this upcoming change to the whole campus.

Some technology updates:

  1. IT Invites you to a tech demo of a Digital Flip Chart – Monday, Nov. 25th (TODAY!) from 2-3pm in A1555. Click here for more info.
  2. Two minor D2L updates came through last week that you’ll probably notice if you’re Grading quizzes or Assignments.
    1. A “New” column was added to the Assignments view so that you can see the number of new files added, such as late submissions, etc.
    2. The “Published” column in the Quiz grading view has changed – use the left-column rather than the right column to select and Publish quiz grades.
      Click here for the full November release notes
  3. Kathleen Coate (the Campus D2L Trainer) will be leaving Wednesday around noon, so if you have D2L questions, make sure you ask her before then!

Additional faculty development opportunities:

  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering Teaching Poverty 101, “a workshop that offers strategies and resources for instructors developing college-level courses and lessons on poverty and inequality.” This opportunity is open to Ph.D.-holding faculty at U.S. postsecondary institutions; tuition, fees, accommodations, and some meals are provided. You can find more information, including how to apply, here. Applications are due by January 12.
  • Interested in Open Education Resources (OER)? Karen Pikula is hosting an open forum conversation on Wednesday, December 4 from 3-4 pm via Zoom to share information about the new OER Community Site and the OER Quickstart Guides that can be found there. More information, including an RSVP link, can be found here.
  • Tired of grading essays? Looking for an assessment method that offers the depth of an academic essay but in a more creative, inspiring form? The Tomorrow’s Professor blog offers an excerpt from Creating Wicked Students: Designing Courses for a Complex World by Paul Hanstedt that highlights some ideas for course assessments that move beyond paper assignments.
  • Last but not least, if you are planning to submit a proposal for a session at this year’s virtual STAR Symposium (8:30-4 pm, February 28), the deadline is this week–November 30th. You can find information about the symposium, including the call for proposals, here.

Finally, thanks to everyone who has posted their name badges from conferences and workshops on the bulletin board in F2205. Keep it up! It’s great to see all the faculty development work that is happening around campus.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!


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