Upcoming CTL Hours and conferences here at Normandale

As we move into the final weeks of the semester, here are some upcoming events and faculty development opportunities to help keep you going strong to the end:

On Monday, April 16th, we have not one but TWO faculty development opportunities!

  • A Discussion of Richard Leider’s Book The Power of Purpose—3-4 pm in A2552
    During this session, faculty will go more in-depth with Richard Leider’s work on purpose.  They will have the opportunity to complete his “Calling Cards” exercise, which helps participants discover their gifts, as well as discuss key themes and ideas from The Power of Purpose.
    Presenters: Dara Hagen, Vice President of Student Affairs, and Jen Miller, Faculty in English
  • Escape Rooms—2:30-5:30 pm in the Kopp Student Center
    Phi Theta Kappa will be hosting three different escape rooms, where participants have about 30 minutes to work together to unlock the solution of the room.  This event is open to both faculty and students; faculty can participate by forming a team of 4 faculty members, by inviting students from their classes to participate, or by being available to help groups in need of an extra participant.  This presents a unique opportunity on campus to practice team building and leadership, all while having fun!
    Presented by Phi Theta Kappa; email johnny.maes@my.normandale.edu to sign up or for more info

Monday, April 30th is the final CTL hour of the semester.  We will be having a panel discussion about various strategies for addressing grief in the classroom, whether it is caused by personal loss, the death of a fellow classmate or faculty member, or the themes or content of the course itself.  This session will be held from 3-4 PM in A2552.  We hope to see you there!

Additionally, this Friday, April 13th, is the D2L Connection: Minnesota Edition conference right here at Normandale!  There will be no Friday Coffee Fix because of this, but you can still register for the conference here.

A few more opportunities and articles that might be of interest:

  • For those interested in assessing students’ prior learning, Minnesota State is hosting the Credit for Prior Learning Academy on Friday, April 20th from 8 AM to 2:30 PM at Normandale.  Participants will explore multiple approaches for assessing prior learning; more details, including registration information, can be found here.
  • Patrick Sullivan’s piece entitled “Shaping the Public Narrative about Teaching and Learning” is an empowering reminder about the power of our voices as educators to influence the public’s view of higher education.  This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of Liberal  Education, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities–this whole issue, in fact, is filled with valuable perspectives on how to create more inclusive classrooms.
  • The Tomorrow’s Professor blog has an article about how to ask questions in class in a way that generates student response, rather than silence.

Have a great week, everyone!


Spring is coming! Freshen up your teaching with these upcoming development opportunities!

spring-06Despite Monday’s weather, spring is definitely on its way–and with it, many opportunities to breathe fresh air into your classroom.

This week’s Friday Coffee Fix (10-12 and 1-3 in L1735) focuses on the D2L Cloud migration – this will be of interest to those teaching in the 1st summer session. We will discuss the downtime involved (small window) as well as what new features will be there after the migration.

Also, there are three very easy ways to improve your online teaching:

  • D2L Connection: Minnesota Edition (April 13, 2018 at Normandale)
  • Minnesota eLearning Summit (August 1-2, 2018 at the U of M)
  • Quality Matters Workshops (ongoing)

If you are interested, contact Kathleen Coate, Normandale’s D2L Trainer, who has made signing up for these conferences about as easy as it could possibly be.

A few other resources to note:

  • If you missed the session from Recharge Normandale Day about using smartphones in the classroom, those resources have been posted online on the CTL D2L page.
  • Here is an article from the Tomorrow’s Professor blog about strategies for facilitating better online discussion.
  • Century College is offering On Course workshops in May.  On Course provides educators with strategies for empowering their students to be more active, responsible learners.  More information, including pricing, can be found here.

One last note: Kathleen Coate will not be holding D2L drop-in hours this Thursday, March 29.

Have a great week, everyone!




Grief support; upcoming development opportunities

As we come back today from spring break, we do so knowing that Normandale is not the same that it was.  The loss of Ben over break has shocked and saddened us.  Lean on each other, celebrate the memories you have with others who knew him, and reach out for help if you need it.  Remember that the Employee Assistance Program will be available on Tuesday from 12-4 and Wednesday from 10:30-4:30 in the conference room of the Human Resources suite if you need counseling or support. They can also be reached at 1-800-657-3719 if you need additional assistance.

It’s hard to think about anything else in the face of such terrible news, but I do want to remind everyone of a few upcoming faculty development opportunities:

  • On Monday, March 19th from 3-4 pm in A2552, CTL will be sponsoring a session with Advising and Counseling about ways that faculty can work together with Advising and Counseling to help students with questions about registration, withdrawing from courses, degree plans, etc.
  • Tuesday, March 20th, is Recharge Normandale day.  CTL is holding a breakout session on the use of smartphones in the classroom.  If you are looking for suggestions on how to manage the presence of smartphones in your classes, or if you have ideas for how to creatively integrate this technology, come check it out.  The session will be held twice–once from 12:15-1:15 and again from 1:30-2:30 in A2552.
  • This week’s Friday Coffee Fix is on Managing Groups in D2L.  You will learn new ideas for using the Groups tool, setting up discussion boards, folders,
    Office 365 shared documents, and more.  This session is held twice–10-noon and 1-3 in L1735.
  • Also, the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI) is offering two one-day workshops this spring. Join colleagues from around the region to collaborate on organizing your online curriculum in a way that is proven to help students navigate online or hybrid courses.  Ask Kathleen Coate for help registering with  your faculty development funds.

Hang in there, everyone.

Love the Olympics? We have medal-worthy CTL content of our own right here!

Here’s hoping everyone had a wonderful long weekend, with plenty of luge, bobsled, and curling (if that’s your thing)!

As we get back into the swing of things, here are a few reminders:

In case you have missed it, big changes are coming to Office 365!  This week’s Friday Coffee Fix will cover a lot of information about the changes, so make sure you stop by L1735 from 10-12 or again from 1-3.  If you can’t make the Coffee Fix, you can stop by L1735 to chat with Kathleen Coate during her drop-in hours (with the exception this week of Thursday, when she won’t be holding them).

Please also remember that students will not be able to access their current Office 365 accounts from Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 pm until Monday, Feb. 26.  Keep this in mind as you create due dates, etc.  Students CAN start using their new Office 365 already, however, and this will be available all weekend.  To login, students should visit https://login.microsoftonline.com.

Book orders for summer semester are due today!  Tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 21), links will be sent out for Fall 2018 orders; these orders are due by Monday, March 12th.

Here is some information to help the book ordering process go more smoothly:

Here is the site for ordering your books.  Log in using your Normandale email address. For those that may have forgotten their passwords, please note the password reset link on the log in page. Please call 952-358-9130 should you have any issues logging in.

Here is a list of important reminders about the book order process.

Here, also, is a video that explains how to complete your order:

If you have any other questions, here are the people to contact:

  • Technical questions: Chris Peterson
  • Book-specific questions: Shanna Ross
  • Rental questions: Tiffany Dresen

Congratulations to Xiaosheng Li, who just received certification through Quality Matters for Calculus 3!  Xiaosheng joins several other Normandale faculty who have completed this process to ensure nationally-recognized certification for their online courses. You can find more information here.

Some other opportunities and articles of interest:

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This is NOT a Tide ad! CTL Reminders on Super Bowl Monday

Happy Monday, everyone!  We hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl (and the commercials!) yesterday if that’s your thing 🙂

Information from last week’s CTL Hour “What You Need to Know About Student Absences Related to Pregnancy, Parenting, and Disability” is now available on the Center for Teaching and Learning D2L page.  If you have additional questions about these accommodation requirements, please contact one of the campus CTL leaders, a member of the OSD staff, or one of the members of the campus Title IX team.

Last week’s Chalk & Pixels had a great FAQ about issues related to the minnstate.edu domain change, as well as the upcoming Office 365 migration.  Take a look to get some clarity about these technology changes!  You can also stop by L1735 on Friday between 10 and noon, and then again between 1 and 3, for this week’s “Friday Coffee Fix,” which covers both integrating Office 365 with D2L as well as any questions you might have about the Office 365 migration.  There will be hot chocolate and Girl Scout cookies, too 🙂

Also, the Center for Teaching and Learning will be hosting a breakout session on Recharge Normandale Day about cellphone use in the classroom.  If you have great ideas on this topic that you’d like to share–ideas about how to creatively integrate smart technology, as well as ideas about how to limit the distractions of technology–please email Jen Miller (jennifer.miller@normandale.edu) and let her know what you’re thinking.

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