Happy Monday! Spare 2 minutes to read this & carry on with your greatness.

Guests coming to Normandale!! D2L Connection: Minnesota Edition

Register today – it’s easy.

We are lucky to be hosting the amazing D2L Connection: Minnesota Edition conference on Friday, April 13th! 

Never attended before? Come spend the day (or even part of the day!) focused on great teaching & learning techniques using our D2L Brightspace platform. Hear keynote speakers, meet colleagues from around the region, and talk directly with D2L designers and administrators.

Click here for more information on the conference

How do I register using faculty development funds?

Per your MSCF contract, funds are set aside specifically for your faculty development purposes. The amazing Rob Gronemann, as the chair of the committee, has worked really hard this year to make the process of applying for these funds quick & painless. There is still money available for this year!!!

For the D2L Connection conference, take advantage of EASY REGISTRATION by contacting Kathleen Coate for help submitting your request:  kathleen.coate@normandale.edu 

Technology updates – what you need to know right now.

Been ignoring the emails? Click below for a quick summary:

Everything you need to know about technology changes but were afraid to ask

What do students need to know?  See below.

Students are being contacted through IT with help from our awesome marketing department. However, as we all know, putting info in multiples places is always helpful. If you have students with questions, direct them to the flyer below:

Flyer for students – print & distribute or link in D2L

CTL is in D2L!

Want more than just Chalk & Pixels, and CTL sessions?

Browse through our Center for Teaching & Learning D2L page.

Don’t see it in your list of courses?  Contact Kathleen Coate or Jennifer Miller.

Have a great week!

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CTL Hour Today! Don’t miss out. AND…Everything you need to know about technology changes but are afraid to ask.

Join us today in A2552 – 3pm! Things You Need to Know About Student Absences

Did you know that faculty members are legally required to make attendance-related accommodations for students who are pregnant or parenting, or who have a disability registered with the Office for Students with Disabilities?

On Monday, January 29th, CTL, together with staff from the Office of Students withDisabilities, is giving the presentation “What You Need to Know About StudentAbsences Related to Pregnancy, Parenting, and Disability.”

  • Come to this session to learn about federal legislation that may affect your classes, as well as to hear about ways that you might accommodate pregnant/parenting students or those with disabilities while still maintaining the rigor and integrity of your courses.
  • This presentation will take place on Monday, January 29th from 3-4 pm in A2552.  We hope to see you there!

We know there’s a lot of information coming at you about our various technology changes.

Here’s a summary of what you need to know, and why it will be awesome.

Q: What is the “domain change” all about?emojiFlushed_Face_Emoji

A: Changing all link URL addresses that contain .mnscu.edu to .minnstate.edu

Q: Hasn’t the domain change happened already?

A: Yes. However, if you are experiencing broken links in D2L, it’s either because the link wasn’t changed by the “search & replace” tool, or because it was redirecting you automatically, but has now stopped redirecting you. For example MediaSpace links are being redirected only through January 30th.

Q: What if I didn’t check all my MediaSpace links in D2L?

A: They should have been replaced with the “search & replace” tool on Dec. 27th. However, some areas in D2L could not be searched, such as Discussion boards, or links within a PowerPoint or Excel file. If you are unsure of how to make these changes yourself, ask for help.

Q: What if my MediaSpace videos were inserted in D2L using “embed code” instead of a link? 

A: They will still work. The MediaSpace embed code has not changed. However – it is recommended that you check your embedded MediaSpace videos to be sure.

Q: Why will this be awesome? 

A: Because URL’s will be consistent with what we are called. For what it’s worth.  emoji happy face

Q: What is the “Office 365 migration” all about?emoji really surprised

A: A couple of things.

  1. Student emails are being moved to a “cloud server” for Minn. State so they can receive emails in one place even if they attend more than one college in the system.
  2. Students, Faculty, & Staff’s “OneDrive” files will migrate to a statewide server during the 3rd week of February. (Keep checking your email for exact dates of this migration.)

Q: What if I have a lot of files in my “OneDrive,” accessed by my Normandale email address?

A: During the 3rd week of February, OneDrive files will automatically “migrate” to the statewide server. After that time, you will no longer be able to access the previous Office 365 OneDrive.

Q: What if I am currently sharing a file or folder with specific people at Normadale?

A: The sharing permission for specific people will still be there, even after the migration to the new server.

Q: What if I uploaded a file into D2L from my OneDrive?

A: You don’t need to do anything. The file now lives in your D2L “manage files” area.

Q: What if I have a link in D2L to a OneDrive file?

A: The link will break after the migration. You should replace the link after the migration, or, move your file now to the new server and re-link it.

Q: How do I access the new Office 365 server?

A: You can access it now, by going to https://login.microsoftonline.com/

  • Username is YourStarID@minnstate.edu (eg: ab1234cd@minnstate.edu)
  • Password is your Star ID password

Q: What will happen if I have a file on both my old Office 365 server and my new one that has the same name?

A: The migration will keep the newest file.

Q: What if I use Office 365 apps such as “Forms” and “Sway”?

A: Because these are saved outside of your OneDrive, they will not migrate. You will need to move them to the new server before the migration happens, or you will lose what you’ve made.

Q: How do I move my Forms and Sways to the new server?

A: Follow these instructions, and ask for help if needed:

Q: Where can faculty and students go for more information and updates?

A: IT has put together information on their webpage
Contact them directly at 952-358-8181 or AskUs – Employee Edition

Q: Why will this be awesome?

A: Because faculty, students, and staff will all be on the same server, and not have to log in with multiple accounts for different colleges in the system. Faculty will also have access to the same applications that students currently have, making for more robust options with technology.emoji happy face

Q: What does “D2L is moving to the Cloud” mean? Emoji_Cloud_PNG_grande

A: On June 2nd, D2L will no longer be hosted “on-prem” (meaning – on our premises) but will be moving “to the cloud” (meaning – up in the sky where all the other really cool internet stuff is.)

Q: What will change and why are we doing this?

A: This is just a hosting change that D2L Brightspace is requiring so that we can continue to receive necessary software updates. (Basically, if you’re not in the cloud, you’re obsolete.)  Any functional changes will be communicated as it gets closer. Click here for more detailed info on the “move to the cloud”

Q: Where can I go for help?emoji with glasses

A: Several great options:

  1. Contact the IT Helpdesk directly at 952-358-8181 or submit a question to AskUs – Employee Edition
  2. Visit Kathleen Coate during drop-in or appointment hours in L1735. Click here for drop-in or appointment hours.
  3. Attend one of four specific Friday Coffee Fix sessions geared toward these changes –  on Feb. 9th and Feb. 23rd. Click here for the complete Friday Coffee Fix schedule

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D2L Drop-in hours, Friday Coffee Fix & extra resources!

D2L Brightspace – 3 great ways to get help.

  1. For in-person help from Kathleen Coate, D2L Trainer, drop-in to L1735 or make an appointment-  see hours below.
    (appointments not necessary, but recommended)
    Mon, 9am-11am; 1:30-3pm
    Tues, 9am-4pm
    Wed, 9am-11am

    Thurs, 9am-4pm

    D2L Help by appointment only:
    Tues, 4-6pm
    Wed, 2:30-6pm
    Fri, 3pm-4pm

    Contact Kathleen Coate directly at 952-358-8617 or kathleencoate@normandale.edu


  2. Contact the IT Helpdesk at 952-358-8181. Or submit a ticket through AskUs-Employee Edition.
  3. Go to “Helpdesks>Get MnSCU Help” in your D2L homeapge for up-to-date articles, links to D2L training pages, etc.

Friday Coffee Fix is back!

What: Specific features of online learning will be demonstrated and discussed.  Coffee & treats available in L1735.

When: New this semester –  Most Fridays will offer TWO sessions – 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.

Click here for the Spring 2018 Schedule

Two Friday sessions of note: Office 365 migration

This is crucial information if you are currently using Office 365 to store, create, or link documents.

Click here for more info about Office 365 migration, and plan to come to either the Feb. 9th or Feb. 23rd Friday Coffee Fix for support.

Coffee’s on. Come on down.

Come to L1735 for D2L Brightspace help today

Finish up the semester, or get setup for spring

Monday  8:30-2pm (excludes pre-made appointments)
Tuesday  8:30-12pm  – grades due at 12pm

Call or email for help: 952-358-8617
IT Helpdesk: 952-358-8181

The coffee today is half-caff – enough to wake you up but not so much that you get trigger-happy when entering grades!

Optional training sessions for your calendar…

Wednesday, Jan. 3rd
Location: P1804  (coffee and refreshments provided!)

9-11am Open lab/Drop-in questions
11am-12:30pm  Content Design
1-3pm MediaSpace/Video Assignments/Adobe Connect
3-4:30pm Office 365

Thursday, Jan. 4th
Location: P1804   (coffee and refreshments provided!)

9-11am  Open lab/Drop-in questions
11am-12:30pm Gradebook
1-3pm   Intelligent Agents/Awards
3-5pm   Open lab/Drop-in questions

Click here for more details on each session.

A few new things in D2L Brightspace…

On Nov. 28th, D2L updated with some cool new features. One of the breakout sessions on Friday, Jan. 5th will feature these updates. Look for more information in your Development Day schedule coming soon.

Have a great week!

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Grading, Class prep, Domain changes, Oh my! Help is here.

D2L Gradebook support? Check.

Get your gradebook in tip-top shape for calculating & submitting grades.

You want to get this right, and don’t want to be frustrated in the process.

Click here for our Gradebook – End of Semester FAQ’s!

Extended Drop-in hours in L1735 through Dec. 19th*

Mon, 12/11: 8:30am-3:30pm
Tues, 12/12: 8:30am-3:30pm (AND 4-6pm by appointment only)
Wed, 12/13: 2:30-4:00pm (AND 4-6pm by appointment only)
Thur, 12/14: 8:30am-3:30pm
Fri, 12/15: 8:30am-4pm

Mon, 12/18: 8:30am-4:30pm
Tues, 12/19: 8:30am-12pm    (Grades due at 12pm!)

*Note: Feel free to drop-in during the hours above, but pre-made appointments will be prioritized.

Can’t make it to campus?

Two more great options:

  1. Call or Email Kathleen with your question: kathleen.coate@normandale.edu, 952-358-8617.
  2. Call the IT Helpdesk or Click here to Submit a ticket to the IT Helpdesk.

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Once logged in, click the Enter A Service Request and complete the form.

Get a jump-start on the spring semester

Prior to Development Day, get help with class prep, and/or learn some new tricks.

Wednesday, Jan. 3rd
Location: P1804  (coffee and refreshments provided!)

9-11am Open lab/Drop-in questions
11am-12:30pm  Content Design
1-3pm MediaSpace/Video Assignments/Adobe Connect
3-4:30pm Office 365

Thursday, Jan. 4th
Location: P1804   (coffee and refreshments provided!)

9-11am  Open lab/Drop-in questions
11am-12:30pm Gradebook
1-3pm   Intelligent Agents/Awards
3-5pm   Open lab/Drop-in questions

Click here for more details on each session.

So…what’s up with the Domain change on Dec. 27th?

Q: What is happening?
A: Web addresses with “.mnscu.edu” are changing to “.minnstate.edu”

Q: What should I do after Dec. 27th?
A: We recommend you check all links in your files and D2L courses that have anything to do with the “mnscu.edu” address.

Q: How will I know which files to check?
A: You will receive an email that provides a list of all .mnscu.edu links in  your courses (excluding PowerPoint and Excel files).

Click here for more domain change FAQ’s


And speaking of class prep…

Previously on Chalk & Pixels we provided info on a great high-impact learning technique called “Reacting to the past.”

Using any curriculum, you can provide students the opportunity to create real-world scenarios and immerse themselves in topics connected to your material.

Click here to read about this incredibly effective teaching technique, and how it impacts students! 

Click here to read more about the upcoming conference in January

Thanks to Ben Maegi in the History department for providing this info – contact him if you want to know more about in-class gaming ideas.

Have a great week!

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