End of the Semester Opportunities–and Beyond!

Hi all! Happy finals week! Good luck with finals, grading, and all the end-of-semester chaos 🙂

If you are looking for D2L help/online learning support this week, here is Kathleen’s finals week schedule. As always, she can be found in L1735.

  • Mon, 12/16: 9am-12pm; 12:30-4pm
  • Tues, 12/17: 3-5pm
  • Wed, 12/18:9am-12pm; 12:30-4pm
  • Thurs, 12/19:9am-12pm; 12:30-4pm
  • Fri, 12/20:9am-12pm; 12:30-3pm

There is also some help available next week as well, right before grades are due:

  • Mon, 12/23: 9am-12pm; 1-3pm
  • Tues, 12/24: 9-11am (*Grades due @ 12pm)

Kathleen is also offering workshops, along with individual help, at the beginning of next semester. You can find her full schedule here.

As we look ahead to next semester, here are two exciting opportunities for faculty development:

Assessment Boot Camp is coming on Friday, April 10 from 9 AM to 3 pm! This day-long workshop is designed to give you a solid foundation in the fundamentals of assessment, including:

  • CCOs, CLOs, PLOs, SLOs, and curriculum maps…what they are, where they are, and how they can be valuable to you and your students.
  • Formative vs summative assessments, direct vs indirect assessments, and qualitative vs quantitative assessments…including examples of how you can use these in your courses.
  • Specific strategies and techniques you can tailor to your own courses.

We will be holding the workshop off-campus and lunch will be served. If you are scheduled to teach on that day, the College will provide substitute pay for a colleague to teach for you, and your Dean will approve your absence as Professional Development Leave.

All are welcome, but space is limited to 20 participants. If you are interested in attending, send an email to Normandale’s Assessment Coordinator, Betsy Longley (betsy.longley@normandale.edu) to reserve your space.

The STAR symposium will be held on Friday, February 28 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

This free virtual one-day conference includes presentations that focus on pedagogical approaches including delivery via face-to-face, blended, flipped and online classrooms.

You can find more information and register here; if you have questions, feel free to contact Kathleen Coate (kathleen.coate@normandale.edu).

Finally, you may have heard that there are some changes coming to Office 365. Here is a short update from Steve Winckelman:

This spring we will be moving our phones to Office 365. This will also allow us to move faculty and staff email messages off local servers and on to the Minnstate Office 365 cloud. How we use phones and access email will remain largely unchanged but after the move we will have additional, new ways of accessing both.

During the break the IT staff will be piloting the new phone system. After that pilot we will work with the system office to establish and publish a timeline for a full campus move.

Have a great break, everyone, and we’ll see you back here in January!

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