The Final Stretch – get help & carry on!

We won’t take too much of your time, just two quick updates on getting D2L help, or a jump-start on next semester.

D2L Drop-in & Appointments in L1735

This week – Dec. 10-14:

Mon, 12/10: 9-10; 1-2
Tues, 12/11: 9-12; 2-4 (AND 4-6 by appointment only)
Wed, 12/12:  9-10; 1-2 (AND 4-6 by appointment only)
Thurs, 12/13:  9-2; 3-4
Fri, 12/14: 10am-2pm:   “Friday Coffee Fix” – Gradebook help (videos & handouts will be emailed in the morning as well)

Finals week – Dec. 17-21:

Mon, 12/17:  9-10; 2:30-4; 4-6 by appointment only
Tues, 12/18:  9-1; 2:30-4; 4-6 by appointment only
Wed, 12/19:  9-4
Thurs, 12/20:  9-4
Fri, 12/21:  9-3

Just prior to grades deadline*:

Mon, 12/24:  9-12 (*Grades due at 12pm)

Prior to 1st week of Spring Semester*

Tues, 1/8: 9-1
Wed, 1/9: 9-1
Thurs, 1/10: 9-2

*Alternative times for this week may be available upon request – don’t hesitate to ask!

Contact us!

Drop-in, or for a specific appointment time, call or email Kathleen at 952-358-8617, or

For more regular availability, you may also contact the ITS Helpdesk directly, at 952-358-8181, or send an email to:


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Faculty Focus, and Last-minute help is here!

Faculty Focus with Shannon Bros

Hear our latest interview with Environmental Biology instructor Shannon Bros. Find out how Shannon is shaping national legislation when she’s not busy teaching at Normandale!

Online class prep for spring…no not yet!

I know, it’s daunting. You’re in the thick of it now but spring will be here before you know it. Want to start a “wish list” for D2L tasks you’d like to incorporate?
Browse these tips for “Engaging students in an Online Environment” and make a pledge to incorporate one or two into your online environment.
Let us help!! Send an email to Kathleen Coate just stating which tip(s) you’d like to try, and get a reply back with instructions or one-on-one help.

End-of-semester D2L help

Here’s some great options for getting individual help with your final tasks of the semester:

  • ITS Helpdesk: Click here for hours
  • Friday Coffee Fix – Dec. 14th, 10am-12pm; 1-2pm in L1735
  • Drop-in or Appointment hours in L1735: Click here for hours*
    • Additional hours will be held 8am-12pm on Monday, Dec. 24th for help with grade input
    • *NOTE: No drop-in hours Tuesday, Dec. 4th

Have a great week!



Free beer and a survey! Plus the next CTL hour – Read on!

Time to think outside the box.

The semester’s final weeks are upon us and you could use a small boost.


Blended/Hybrid courses – take this survey to help us plan more robust training – earn a free (root) beer!

Take this quick survey*

*Questions are designed for current and potential instructors for Blended/Hybrid courses

  • Survey deadline: Friday, Nov. 16th @ noon
    • Only 7 questions – complete in 2 mins. or less
  • Free root beer available in L1735
    • It’s an anonymous survey, so we’ll take your word for it.

We are working with Instructional Designer Mary O’Brien from Winona State University to help us provide the best training and support for your work in these innovative and unique types of classes. Help us plan!

We value your input! Don’t delay – please take the survey by noon on Friday, Nov. 16th.

CTL Hour – Presentations, participation, and exams—oh my!

Monday, Nov. 19th, 3-4pm, Room A2552

These assignments often cause students anxiety, and as finals get nearer, this anxiety will only intensify.

How can we help students manage and decrease their performance-related anxiety? In this CTL workshop, Kristen Cooper, one of Normandale’s counselors, will share strategies for helping students deal with anxiety—test anxiety in particular, but also anxiety related to class participation, presentations, etc.

Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone you think might find this information useful. We hope to see you all there!

And for your reading…

This recent Chronicle article provides useful tips for engaging with online students:  Faculty Members Can Build Relationships With Online Students. Here’s How.

Have a great week!

You’re invited…on campus and online! Read on for Great T&L opportunities.

CTL Hour – “Mindsets, Belonging, Student Resilience, and Success.”

Monday, Oct. 29th, 3-4pm, A2552

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.

STAR Symposium – Register now and plan a day online!

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This year’s date: February 8, 2019

Every year the Star Symposium has great advice, new ideas, and reminders of things we probably learned but forgot about when it comes to teaching & learning strategies for ALL TYPES of teaching delivery methods (face-to-face, online, hybrid, etc.).

Best part of all? It’s virtual!!!  If enough people are interested we can reserve a room to attend together, OR, you can attend from anywhere you have an internet connection.

Cost? $50
Want to use Faculty Development Funds? Contact Kathleen Coate for help applying.

Click here for the STAR Symposium flyer for more details and to sign up!

Friday Coffee Fix – Student Presentations, Oct. 26th

L1735, 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm. Drop-in anytime.

Need some new ideas on how students can present their learning? Students can create and link projects into D2L through MediaSpace, Video Assignments, or Office 365 apps such as Sway or PowerPoint. Training materials you can give to students will be provided. Stop by for demos & discussion!

D2L updates – did you hear the news?

We have a few updates as of Oct. 18th – here’s how to find out what they are:

Click here for a quick summary of 3 of the main updates.
Click here for the full release notes on all of the updates.
Click here for a 5-minute video about the Quiz auto-save feature.

MOQI – “We Teach” and other stuff

In addition to sponsoring the STAR Symposium, The Minnesota Online Quality Initiative offers support for online & hybrid courses.

Click here for MOQI’s calendar of upcoming face-to-face AND online workshops.

For your reading…

A great article from The Chronicle of Higher Education on how student perception and confidence is linked to assignment completion. Click here to read the article: Will Students Actually Believe They Can Do This Assignment?

Want more?

We’d love to hear from you! Contact your CTL leaders with questions, suggestions, or just to chat about teaching & learning opportunities we can hep you with.

Jennifer Miller – Faculty Development
Kathleen Coate – D2L Training
Betsy Longley – Assessment

Have a great week!

When you need a boost of steam…check out these great upcoming sessions.

Keep on swimming…

It’s almost the middle of the semester – you’ve made it this far. We’re here to offer some knowledge boosts to get you through the 2nd half of the semester! Check out the great opportunities below.

CTL Hour – Oct. 15th

Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum

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 and staff are encouraged to bring examples they have encountered in the classroom to work through as case studies with the group.

Friday Coffee Fix – upcoming sessions

What: Specific Topics in D2L/online learning complete with coffee and snacks
When: Specific Fridays – see schedule below
—OR– Off-site: Go to the D2L page for “Center for Teaching & Learning” – check the “Materials>Content>D2L Resources>Friday Coffee Fix” module for handouts & screencast videos of each topic (if available).

Remaining Fall 2018 schedule:

10am-12pm; 1-3pm (L1735 – Drop-in anytime)

Oct. 12: BYOQ
Bring Your Own Questions! Want help with your D2L gradebook? Quizzes? Discussion boards? Assignment folders? Turnitin? Stop on by.

Oct. 26th:
Student Presentations
Need some new ideas on how students can present their learning? Students can create and link projects into D2L through MediaSpace, Video Assignments, or Office 365 apps such as Sway or PowerPoint. Training materials you can give to students will be provided. Stop by for demos and discussion!

Nov. 9th: Rubrics
Not using the Rubric tool in D2L? It’s not too late! Rubrics can be used simply to remind students of your grading criteria, or as an interactive grading tool linked to your D2L gradebook.

Nov. 30th: BYOQ (repeat of Oct. 12th)

Dec. 14th: Quizzes & Gradebook
Make sure your D2L Quizzes and Gradebook settings are up to snuff and ready for any final quizzes or exams you have planned.

Click here for the Oct/Nov/Dec Friday Coffee Fix flyer

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