You need support. Find the support you need.

Teaching takes effort.

At CTL, we aim to take the stress out of knowing where & how to get the best and most effective help for your teaching strategies – so you can work smarter, not harder.


CTL is in D2L! Have you been there?

Check out our D2L page (click here), which includes some instructional design info, teaching strategies, as well as documentation on common D2L tools & concepts.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Let Kathleen Coate or Jennifer Miller know! We are the ones currently maintaining this page, and would love your feedback.

Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)

Workshop description from QM:The “Improving Your Online Course” workshop explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own courses and develop a course improvement plan.

The content is based on the 21 essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement, so enrolling in the workshop with an online or blended course with a pre-developed course is required.”

Click here for more info & to register

WeTeach: Online/Blended Design & Delivery – online course sponsored by MOQI (Minnesota Online Quality Initiative)

We teach general description
Upcoming 8-week sessions:

  • July 9-Aug 31
  • Sept 10-Nov 2
  • Spring 2019 dates TBA

Click here for WeTeach full info including how to register!

eLearning summit 2018!

Open. Online. Opportunity.

The MN eLearning Summit is the premier event of the MinnesotaLearning Commons and a gathering place for K−12, college, and universityeducators and innovators in the Midwest committed to effective online andblended learning. The Summit will feature concurrent sessions focused oneLearning tools, resources, services, and best practices; opportunities to meet, collaborate, and contribute ideas for the effective use of instructional technology in and out of the classroom; and a shared vision for utilizing resource-rich tools that reach 21st-century learners.

What to expect

  • 300+ educators, innovators, and presenters
  • About 80 concurrent breakout sessions covering topics of eLearning including blended, flipped, digital learning
  • Bring-your-own-device learning sessions
  • Presentations for all skills levels, including experienced educators, as well as those new to digital learning
  • Exhibitors showcasing the latest resources and tech solutions
  • Opportunities to network with professional c

Click here for more info & to register!

Got Faculty Development Funds?

Fact: Per your MSCF contract, you have the ability to apply for reimbursement of faculty development opportunities that you feel are important to your work. This includes instructional design work for your courses.

Fact: Applying is easier than ever with an online form. Contact Rob Gronemann for more info.

Q: How much can I apply for?
A: Depends on your credit load:

Every two years, you may apply for…
$500 if you teach 7.5 credits or less
$1000 if you teach 7.5 to 15 credits
$1500 if you teach 16 to 22.5 credits
$2000 if you teach 22.5+ credits

Used all your funds?

We don’t want faculty to miss out on MOQI opportunities – contact Kathleen Coate if you feel you need assistance in paying for course design opportunities, including a QM review.

Final CTL Hour: Addressing Grief in the Classroom, Monday, April 30th, 3-4 PM, A2552

When something tragic happens–whether on campus, in society, or in the personal lives of you or your students–it can often affect what happens in class, sometimes in unexpected ways.  Join us as we listen to a panel of experts share their perspectives on how to  handle disclosing tragic events, class discussions, personal disclosures, and other aspects of addressing grief and its possible impacts on the classroom.
Panelists: Dr. Amy Wagener, Dr. Theresa Glaser, and Angie Effertz

Also, the Teaching Circles program has undergone some exciting changes.  Stay tuned for more information!

Have a great week!

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CTL hour today – join us!

Another chance to recharge!

  • 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 practiceteam building and leadership, all while having fun!
    Presented by Phi Theta Kappa; email to sign up or for more info

Friday Coffee Fix – two remaining

L1735, 10am-12pm; 1pm-3pm

April 20th: Bring Your Own Questions

April 27th: Gradebook setup – check your setting for end-of-semester grading

Summer training opportunities!

Stay tuned for Quality Matters, We Teach instructional design online class, and face-to-face workshops at Normandale.

Have a request for specific training needs? Let Kathleen know!

Have a great week!

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Spring for the finish line

Welcome to 3rd winter.

It’s hard to imagine that Spring is coming, but it is coming. In the meantime, hang tight, power through, and all those other cliches that make you want to roll your eyes and throw a snowball at someone.

In the meantime, here’s some AMAZING opportunities that will give you hope where hope is lost.

D2L Connections

Friday, April 13th, 8am-4pm

Join your colleagues from Normandale AND from around the region RIGHT HERE ON CAMPUS!  Learn great online/hybrid and face-to-face teaching strategies. Contact Kathleen Coate for help with signing up and/or requesting Faculty Development Funds.

Click here for the D2L Connections “Schedule at a Glance”

Recharge Download

Monday, April 16th, 3-4pm

Looking for more opportunities to recharge?  During the next CTL hour on Monday, April 16th, faculty will have the chance to do more with Richard Leider’s work on purpose, as well as participate in a special team-building activity sponsored byPhi Theta Kappa.  Watch for an email later this week with more information!

MOQI – Minnesota Online Quality Initiative

Ongoing workshops & webinars

Q: What is MOQI??

A: MOQI is a program throughout Minnesota State colleges for the betterment of online teaching strategies. MOQI provides:

  • Access to Quality Matters formal course reviews
  • Workshops for improving online/hybrid courses
  • Free webinars every other week on various teaching topics
  • A BRAND-NEW program called WeTeach – click this link to learn more!

Click here for the MOQI Calendar of events!

Q: Are MOQI programs only for online courses?

A: No! Faculty attest time and time again that MOQI training sessions, including Quality Matters, help them immensely with face-to-face courses. For those teaching both online and face-to-face, you will find ways to streamline your work and organize your materials to reduce multiple-prep fatigue!

And now, back to your regularly scheduled Monday.

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Tuesday’s Recharge stuff you won’t want to miss

Tuesday, March 20th – no day or evening classes

The “Ides of March” have passed and it’s time to jolt ourselves out of our spring-break stupor and into the all-too-often-dragging 2nd half of the semester. This faculty & staff development day is set aside every year for us examine what the heck we are doing here anyway.

Tuesday’s highlights from your Center for Teaching & Learning Team:

Smartphones in the Classroom

During the breakout sessions, your CTL team is offering a session on “Smartphones in the Classroom.” We all could use some great ideas of how to tap into and/or release our students’ grip on their phones right?? Come join us.

Super Sign-up

Stop by Kathleen Coate’s table during the morning coffee time at 8am, and see what’s available for online training. Want help with funding? Want help with the paperwork? (Focus is on D2L Connections in April, eLearning summit in August, and ongoing Quality Matters workshops.)

Other breakout sessions include:

Students of the Future  (“Lego robotics” team)
Moving toward Equity
Your role in Internationalizing Normandale

What the Heck is Office 365?
Charge! Let’s Fight the Good Fight! (conflict management strategies)
Love Language (what’s yours?)
Recharge Your Rhythm (swing and salsa lessons)
Remembering Ben (space for reflecting with others – 2nd time slot only)

Click here for the full day’s schedule

See you there!



Almost halfway – you got this.

Spring break is right around the corner. Time to catch up and refresh.

Last chance for a Friday Coffee Fix before the break!

Do you have any small D2L goals you’d like to accomplish during the break? Here’s a list of suggestions of simple things you can do that will freshen up your 2nd half of the semester:

  1. Create an Intelligent Agent that sends an automatic email to students based on a specific criteria -such as a good grade on a quiz, or a missing assignment.
  2. Create an Award that pops up when a student logs in to D2L – awards can be fun “badges” or more significant “certificates” of accomplishment.
  3. Design a Sway tutorial that visually displays content in a fun and interactive way.
  4. Set up a Template that organizes your content cleanly and responds to all screen sizes.
  5. Create a group Discussion board.
  6. Link your content directly from Office 365 for ease of use.
  7. Add videos to your course through MediaSpace, Films on Demand, or Kanopy.

For any of the above topics, or any other D2L topics you want to ponder over the break, stop by L1735 this week!

Click here for drop-in and appointment hours

Click here for the complete Friday Coffee Fix schedule

D2L Connections: Minnesota Edition

It couldn’t be easier to get great online teaching ideas from people all across the region – right here at Normandale.

There are remaining Faculty Development Funds for this semester! Contact Kathleen for a pre-filled out form for this conference.

Registration is open for the D2L Connections: Minnesota Edition User Conference.  Registration cost is $85 or join the group and pay $65.

RegisterNowOffice 365 migration – complete!

Personal note from Kathleen: If you get the chance, please take the opportunity to thank the IT staff for their work with the Office 365 migration – the “behind-the-scenes” work it took to pull this off was extraordinary and – so far so good!

If you encounter any problems or questions, please contact 952-358-8181, or use the link below for more info:

Have a great week!

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