You Ask–CTL Listens!

Thank you to everyone who shared CTL training requests at their division meetings during the August Development Days! We are sorting through the suggestions and using them to figure out which workshops to offer this fall.

Two of those suggestions were to have a workshop on students with autism, and to have more programs on belonging and inclusiveness.  Well, you asked, and we answered!

  • TODAY (Monday, October 15th) from 3-4 pm, CTL and OSD are holding a workshop on working with students with autism. In this workshop, faculty and staff will learn a bit about what autism is and how it affects students, and then discuss possible strategies for helping these students in the classroom. Please bring challenges or scenarios that you have encountered in the classroom to work through with the group as case studies!
  • In two weeks, on Monday, October 29th, Dr. Chris Jazwinski and Dr. Amanda R. Hemmesch from the Department of Psychology at St. Cloud State University will present “Mindsets, Belonging, Student Resilience, and Success.” In this presentation, Drs. Jazwinski and Hemmesch will discuss key concepts related to student competence and achievement, including mindset, belonging, and belonging uncertainty.  They will focus on scholarship on belonging, defined as the perceived quality of fit between oneself and a setting, particularly how it applies to academics. This presentation will be held from 3-4 pm in A2552.

Many of you also wanted more training on online or hybrid courses–we can help you there, too! Want to take an in-depth look at your online or hybrid course? The Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI) offers several methods for training and improving your courses within the online environment. Click here for the MOQI website; you can also find more information in this flyer.

Here is some other information you might find useful:

  • D2L updates are coming this Thursday, Oct. 18th, just in time for MEA break. Review these updates for Quizzes, Assignments, and HTML Quicklinks – see the attached summary, or full description document for more info.
  • As a reminder, submissions for the 2018-2019 Discipline Teaching Grants program are due by the end of the day, Monday, October 15th. Complete funding details are available at here.
  • The 2019 STAR Symposium will be held February 8, 2019. The award-winning STAR Symposium celebrates excellence in post-secondary teaching and learning by providing an avenue for individuals to share best practices, ideas, and resources with colleagues. This virtual one-day conference includes presentations that focus on pedagogical approaches including delivery via face-to-face, blended, flipped and online classrooms. The Call for Proposals is open until November 16, 2018–click here to submit your proposal. 
  • Want to know more about Open Educational Resources (OER)? Faculty at OpenOregon have created a helpful FAQ!
  • This post from the Tomorrow’s Professor blog highlights ways in which Dr.Carolyn Gentle-Genitty from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) uses the Canva online system to make online learning more personal. While this system is different from our D2L system, many of tools are the same–her strategies also point to the power of assessment in tailoring online education to individual students. Take a look at the post, and if there are tools that Dr. Gentle-Genitty uses in Canva that sound interesting to you, email Kathleen Coate and see whether D2L has something similar!

Have a great Fall Break, everyone!


New Faculty Focus Interview; plus more ways to help our students

Hi all! Happy October!

Since it’s a new month, we have a new Faculty Focus interview for you, this time with Brooke Thaden-Koch in sociology. We’re still working out the best way to record these interviews, so the audio quality isn’t the best–we would recommend turning down the volume at the beginning. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, and hope that this doesn’t deter you from learning more about Brooke and her work.

We would also like to let you know about two upcoming CTL hours this month:

  • On Monday, October 15 from 3-4 pm in A2552, we will be hearing from Lauren Schumann from the Office for Students with Disabilities about “Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum.” We will learn a bit about what autism is and how it affects students, and then discuss possible strategies for helping these students in the classroom. Faculty are encouraged to bring examples they have encountered in the classroom to work through as case studies with the group.
  • On Monday, October 29 from 3-4 pm in A2552, Dr. Chris Jazwinski and Dr. Amanda Hemmesch from St. Cloud State University will present a workshop on fostering a sense of belonging in the classroom.

Stay tuned for more details about both of these workshops!

Also, while there is no Coffee Fix this Friday, on Oct. 12th, Kathleen Coate will be hosting a “BYOQ” (Bring Your Own Questions) Coffee Fix in L1735 from 10am-12pm and then again from 1-3pm. Topics could include grading individual quiz questions, how to change a quiz question after the quiz has been submitted, how to set up Turnitin and inform students about it, how to set up and grade group discussions efficiently, or whatever you want to know about!

An additional opportunity to improve your online courses comes through MOQI–the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative–which hosts many workshops and webinars throughout the year. Check out their calendar of events for more information.

And last but not least, we would like to draw your attention to the work of The Hope Center (formerly the Wisconsin Hope Lab), which researches the many real-world factors that stand in between students and college success, and works with community partners to support students facing these challenges. Their website includes details on the studies they have done, as well as information about their current projects. It’s fascinating work, and we’d encourage you to check it out!

Have a great week, everyone!

Course Learning Outcomes, Clickers, and Camtasia–A Variety of CTL Topics

Happy Monday, everyone!

If you are in the process of reviewing your department’s CCOs, or considering how to use the course learning outcomes to shape your assignments or assessments, check out the resources from last Monday’s CTL hour that we’ve posted on the CTL D2L page. You can find information on Bloom’s taxonomy, creating strong learning outcomes, and mapping out assignments to match course learning outcomes. These handouts are available under “Content–>CTL Hour Information–>Fall 2018–>Make It Clear, Make It Count, Make It Connect.”

This Friday’s Coffee Fix will feature the Camtasia software. Drop in L1735 anytime between 9am-12pm and again between 1pm-3pm. Try out Camtasia video software, installed on one of the computers in L1735. Experiment with recording, uploading, editing, and publishing videos for various uses in your course. Discuss your options for using or installing Camtasia on your own computer.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to campus – once the session has taken place, you can find online resources for each topic in the Center for Teaching & Learning D2L page.

Here are some other articles/faculty development opportunities of interest:

  • Do you use clickers in your classroom? This excerpt, from an article by Traci Freeman and Brian Vanden Heuvel in the book Clickers in the Classroom, talks about ways to respond to the information we get from clicker responses, including peer instruction.
  • Minnesota State is offering Discipline Teaching Grants of up to $10,000 for projects “within a discipline that will advance the strategic system priority to close the opportunity gap by supporting instructional practices that enhance student learning and success. For these grants, projects that focus on integration of culturally relevant teaching practices or AAC&U identified high-impact practices will be prioritized.” The application deadline is October 15. For more information, including how to apply, click here.

And as always, please reach out to the CTL team if you have questions, comments, or ideas:

Jen Miller (faculty development),
Kathleen Coate (D2L training and online learning),
Betsy Longley (assessment),

Introducing the “Faculty Focus” Interview Series and more!

Whenever I have a chance to talk with my colleagues about their work–what they do in the classroom, what inspires them, what projects they’re working on, what conferences they are going to attend–I find myself fascinated. We are so lucky at Normandale to be surrounded by incredibly gifted faculty members, but we don’t always have the chance to learn about them as much as we’d like.

The Center for Teaching and Learning would like to help change that! Today, we are launching an interview series called “Faculty Focus,” where each month, we will feature a different faculty member. You will have the chance to hear from faculty members in their own words, maybe even learning something that you can bring to your own classroom.

This month, we are starting with Dan Darling, Faculty in English and one of the recent Board of Trustee Award winners from Normandale. Enjoy!

If you have ideas for other faculty members that should be featured, please email Jen Miller. Interviews will also be posted on the CTL D2L page if you want to find them easily in the future.

Kathleen Coate will again be holding “Friday Coffee Fixes” this semester. Here is the schedule for September–we hope you can make it to some of them! Also, Kathleen’s D2L drop-in hours are as follows:

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-1pm; 2pm-4pm

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

Also, here are a few additional articles/opportunities worth noticing:

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Back to School is Around the Corner!

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As you start thinking about going back to school, here are some training opportunities to note:

  • D2L Crash Course: Tuesday, Aug. 21st, 9am-12pm, Room A2556.  Learn the basics of D2L – stuff you need to know before classes start!  Coffee and refreshments provided. Please RSVP to
  • Fall Development Days: Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23, 8 AM – 4:15 PM. Stay tuned for more details about breakout sessions!
  • It’s not too late to take the “Videos for All” Survey! Earn $3 in Lancer Bucks, AND/OR a chance for $25 Lancer Bucks!  The drawing will take place on August 22nd during Development Days. Click here for the survey:  (Login using your Office 365 credentials:  [YourStarID], and your Star ID password.)

Also,  as you are starting to put together your syllabi, remember that you can use the updated syllabus checklist to help you out. This checklist is available on the CTL D2L page under “Content”–>”Course Design”–>”Syllabus Resources.” Also there is a page of campus resources that you can include as part of your syllabus; we will be posting the “Fall 2018” version of this resource page as soon as we can.

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),
  • Kathleen Coate (D2L training and online learning),
  • Betsy Longley (assessment),