I Wish Our Students Were Better At…

ass essment

“I wish our students were better at….”

In what way(s) do you wish our students were better? Sometimes, the answer depends on your Department. For example,

  • Biology: “I wish our students were better at retaining their understanding of evolution.”
  • Communication: “I wish our students were better at creating and communicating an effective message.”

How about you? Do you want to see improvement in your students’ learning? And are you doing something about it? If so, then you are doing assessment! I think all of us are doing assessment, as a natural part of our teaching. But how do we know if we are doing it well? Can we improve?

This week’s Chalk & Pixels invites you to consider those questions, with the help of the following:

“You can use grades for assessment: true or false?”
Effective Grading_A Tool for Learning and Assessment

“Can exams play a role in improving student learning?”
How to Turn Your Exams Into Learning Opportunities

“How can I assess student learning in my online courses?”
Assessing Online Learning_Strategies, Challenges, and Opportunities

“What about the non-content goals I have for my students?”
Assessing the Intangible in Our Students

Enjoy these reads! And as always, please reach out to us if you have questions, comments, or ideas.

  • Jen Miller (faculty development), jennifer.miller@normandale.edu
  • Kathleen Coate (D2L training and online learning), kathleen.coate@normandale.edu
  • Betsy Longley (assessment), elizabeth.longley@normandale.edu





Welcome Back!

Welcome to Chalk & Pixels – the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) newsletter. Every Monday we give you the latest info on faculty development stuff!

Welcome Back

Welcome back, everyone, and Happy First Day of classes! Here are a few tidbits from your CTL team to help get you off to a great start:

CTL at Development Days

It was wonderful seeing so many of you at Development Days last week, and we hope you were inspired and energized by the presentations and discussions. Here are a few links you may find useful:

“Let’s Talk About Learning”

Let’s talk about learning_Slideshow

In this session, your Center for Teaching and Learning campus leaders highlighted three interconnected practices to help clarify our expectations for our students, make the most of our time in class, and see connections between the work they do and overall class goals.

“Creating Belonging From the Beginning: Learning and Pronouncing Students’ Names”

How To Pronounce Student Names, and Why It Matters

Faculty often hear that calling students by their names is a great way to help them feel like they belong in the class. This workshop presented strategies for learning students’ names quickly and tips for pronouncing them properly.

“Learning About Learning: As*@#m%nt”

Learning About Learning_ Slideshow

This hands-on session presented practical strategies for answering the questions “Are students ‘getting it’?” and “How do we know?”.

Syllabus Resource Page

Normandale has a variety of available campus resources that may be helpful to our students…everything from tutoring in the Academic Support Center to gender-inclusive restrooms to on-campus printing to mental health services. The “Syllabus Resource Page” summarizes these in a single, handy document. We encourage you to include this as part of your own course syllabus! Here is a link:

Course Syllabus Campus Resources (Fall 2018)

D2L Help

Kathleen Coate, our CTL Leader for D2L Training and Online Learning, is available for drop-in help at any of the following times:

Monday, 9am-10am; 1pm-2pm

Tuesday, 9am-12pm; 2pm-4pm (AND 4-6 by appointment only)

Wednesday, 9am-10am; 1pm-2pm (AND 4-6 by appointment only)

Thursday, 9am-4pm

Most Fridays, “Friday Coffee Fix” – specific topics featured.  10am-12pm; 1pm-3pm.

For additional D2L help, contact the help desk at 952-358-8181 or use the AskUs – Employee edition ticket system – select “Click to login” in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Questions? Comments? Ideas?

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact your campus CTL leaders if you have any questions, or if you have ideas about fall workshops or programs:

  • Jen Miller (faculty development), jennifer.miller@normandale.edu
  • Kathleen Coate (D2L training and online learning), kathleen.coate@normandale.edu
  • Betsy Longley (assessment), elizabeth.longley@normandale.edu