Local Workshops and Conferences, and Resources for Thinking about Placement

Welcome back everyone!

To get things started, here is what’s on the Minnesota State Calendar this week:

Wednesday, December 4, 3-4 pm: Koffee with Karen: OER Community Site & Quickstart Guides. Click here for more info and to RSVP.

Also, this Friday’s Coffee Fix (on Dec. 6th) is about Zoom! Have you tried using Zoom for web conferencing? Learn how to login and set up your account, manage the meeting, and follow-up with recordings or transcripts afterwards. Click here for more info on using Zoom with your Star ID login.

There are a number of conferences, workshops, and online classes that are available in the upcoming months:

  • First of all, Winona State is once again offering WeTeach in the spring, from February 3-April 2, 2020. WeTeach is “an interactive, collaborative course intended for instructors who teach online or blended courses. Instructors will become an online student in the course to develop their own online teaching and design skills. This course also allows instructors to share online teaching experiences and best practices. This course is for instructors who are new to online teaching. It is also for instructors looking to expand their skills, explore new ways to engage students, and use technology more effectively to save time. Quality Matters standards, technology tools, D2L training, best practices, and research will be woven throughout all modules.” Tuition is $400. Click here for more information or to register for the course.
  • Last week, we shared information about Teaching Poverty 101, a 4-day workshop in June 2020 to help faculty respond to poverty in their classrooms. If you are looking for something closer to home, the “E”ffordability Summit will be held March 17-18, 2020 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. This conference “is an opportunity for anyone concerned with the cost of educational materials. It brings together a diverse group to discuss topics centered around providing quality and affordable curricular content.” Registration and lunches are free–click here for more information and to register.
  • Last but not least–the International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa) is holding a “Broken Media” conference at Winona State, June 26-28, 2020 to talk about “emerging media in a friendly and down-to-earth setting.” There are special sessions for students, as well. If you are interest in art, digital media, computers, and the way these all interact, this might be the conference for you!

Finally, as we continue to have conversations on our campus about placement and prerequisites, you might find the following articles from the Chronicle helpful. These articles can be a useful way to get up to speed on national conversations about developmental education, placement testing, and much more.

(Note: Both articles use the word “remedial” in their title, which is a term that has fallen out of favor by those in developmental education, as the term “developmental” does more to acknowledge the emerging skills of this group of students in a wide variety of areas, not just one particular course. In spite of this, the articles do a good job of representing some of the major discussions surrounding developmental education and placement.)

Have a great week, everyone! And hang in there–the end of the semester is in sight!



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