“Let love be the torch that guides you”

Happy first day of classes!

As we think about how to create an atmosphere of welcome and inclusivity in our classrooms, this letter, written by Carlos Polanco and other students from the Darthmouth class of 2021 to the incoming students at the University of Virginia, encourages all of us–students and faculty alike–to “stand for, with, and by love” and to “let love be the torch that guides [us]”.

fcc782-goodtimeforthetruthThere are some ways that we strive toward that here on our campus, starting with this afternoon’s first CTL Hour–“A Good Time for the Truth.”  In this session, five instructors from various disciplines will discuss how they have incorporated A Good Time for the Truth into their courses, and how you can, too. In this provocative book, sixteen authors provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota, and what steps need to be taken to close the opportunity gaps they face.

Please join us today, Monday, August 21st, from 3-4 pm in Room A2552 for this exciting session!

Other thoughts about getting the semester off to a good start:

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Summer Faculty Development

Whether you are hitting the beach this summer, trekking up to the Boundary Waters, or teaching summer classes, there are two fantastic faculty development opportunities to consider:

  • The first comes courtesy of Meg Hatton in Reading.  She is inviting faculty to read Saundra Yancy McGuire’s Teach Students 51E8e9hjw9L._SY445_QL70_How to Learn, and then discuss the book together at 10 AM on June 12th and 26th.  Several copies of the book have been ordered for the Normandale library.
    • If you are interested, please fill out this Google form by June 1st so that we know how big a space to reserve and how many snacks to order.
  • The second opportunity comes courtesy of Ruth Robinson in Chemistry.  She is working on setting up Year 2 of Teaching Circles at Normandale, a program that creates groups of 4-5 cross-disciplinary faculty who wish to engage in a yearlong program of collaborative discussion, scholarship, and implementation of teaching and learning ideas.  According to Ruth, “The number one benefit, as cited by the participants, was getting to know and work with faculty members from departments other than their own.”  These Teaching Circles will start at the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester
    • If you are thinking you might like to join a Teaching Circle (and particularly if you have topics you would like to explore), please fill out this Google form to indicate your (non-binding) interest.

Enjoy the summer months, however you will spend them, and we’ll see you all back here in the fall!

Rapport with students, faculty diversity, OER, & a Century College development opportunity.

Build rapport with your students

A blog post from The Teaching Professor on why it matters.

What Is Faculty Diversity Worth to a University?

“The ‘invisible labor’ done by professors of color is not usually rewarded with tenure and promotion. But it is more important now than ever.” From The Atlantic magazine.

Learn more about OER

Koffee with Karen on May 2nd, 2017 3-4pm

Karen Pikula will share three simple templates you may want to use when you are completing an OER review or when you are searching for OER materials.

  • BC Open Textbooks Review Criteria Checklist
  • OER Review Annotated Bibliography Template
  • OER Textbook Resource Comparison Matrix

Bring to share:

An OER URL that you think is a great place to look for Open Resources, a News item, a tip, or a question.

Drawing for 2 pounds of Coffee from a unique Nisswa, Minnesota Roastery.

OER Webinar on May 22nd, 2017 10:30am – 12:00pm

Education is expensive. If we can reduce textbook costs, students may be able to take more classes, complete their programs more quickly, and be more successful.  Once faculty have participated in an introductory webinar, they may review an open textbook. Working with the Open Textbook Network and Library, faculty will receive a $200.00 honorarium once the review is completed.

More information, including a timeline and links to register, can be found here.

Century College Training- Learn to Teach like an NCC 1000 instructor

On Course I (3-day) will be held May 17-19, 2017
On Course II (4-day) will be held May 22-25, 2017 (must have complete OCI to attend OCII) Monday and Thursday are ½ days.

Please RSVP to http://tinyurl.com/OnCourse17 to reserve a spot for the training.   If you have questions, feel free to contact Mike.Mendez@century.edu.

Description for OCI

The On Course Workshop is a highly experiential professional development event designed to provide you with dozens of innovative strategies for empowering your students to become active, responsible and successful learners.  This is the same workshop offered at conference centers across the country.  These learner-centered strategies—representing best practices from innovators in higher education, business, psychology, sports and personal effectiveness—help students become full and active partners in their own education. – Cost $400

Description for OCII 

At the On Course I Workshop, you learned strategies for empowering students to become active, responsible learners. In the On Course II Workshop, you’ll not only add to your repertoire of student-empowerment strategies, you’ll also learn to design and deliver learner-centered educational experiences that help students move from superficial to deep learning. (OC I completion is required before attending OC II) – Cost $400

These advanced design and facilitation skills are drawn from best practices in academic curriculum design, brain research, learning styles, active-learning principles, corporate training methodology, and personal development strategies.


Teaching circles, online teaching, participation, mobile technology, a quality teaching course, and digital privacy.

Final CTL Hour of the Year: All about us.

For the past year, a number of faculty have been running scholarship of teaching and learning projects in their Teaching Circles. Join us as we reflect on what the Teaching Circles have learned and what’s next.

Monday, April 17th, 3- 4 pm, A 2552

Quality Online Learning and Teach (QOLT)

Want and Open online teaching standard, like Quality Matters but without the reserved rights? Consider the California State University’s QOLT Instrument. A two-page summary or long form are available.

Participation Points: Making Student Engagement Visible

A reflection on participation from the Faculty Focus blog.

New Mobile Lab at Winona State University

A new program at Winona State “to initiate conversations and testing around the educational use of mobile technology.”

How Higher Ed Leaders Are Making Great Teaching a Priority on Their Campuses

A blog post from the American Council on Education conference on course to improve teaching and learning.

Human Rights Conference

Southwest MN Human Rights Conference: Addressing Stereotyping, Discrimination, and Other Societal ChallengesApril 11-12, Marshall, MN.

Protecting your privacy

To protect your privacy from tracking, consider using a tracking blocker in your browser. I recommend uBlock Origin , which works with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. Your students may also appreciate knowing how to preserve their privacy.