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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Rolling right along…

Does the semester feel like an out-of-control freight train, or a meandering country-side jaunt? Somewhere in between? Read on for help with staying on the train.

CTL Hour – Monday, Sept. 17th, 3-4pm, A2552

During Fall Development Days, the Center for Teaching and Learning team presented ways to use course learning outcomes to…Make it Clear, Make it Count, Make it Connect

For our first CTL hour of the year, we’re here to help you put what you learned into action in your own classes!

Whether you are the chair of a department that is thinking about revising CCOs, or an individual faculty member wondering how you can make your assignments or assessments more effective, this workshop on course learning outcomes is for you. Your CTL team will briefly provide strategies for reviewing CCOs, linking classroom activities to learning outcomes, and developing effective and relevant assessments.

The bulk of the workshop, however, will be a chance for you to apply these strategies to your own classes, so bring some lesson plans or assignments that don’t feel connected and we’ll help you give them a boost!

Click here to download the Sept. 17th CTL Hour flyer

Friday Coffee Fix

On specific Fridays, Kathleen will highlight a tool in D2L that might be useful for you.

Friday, Sept 14th: Turnitin

10am & 11am in L1735

Turnitin is an integrated software with D2L that serves several purposes:

  • Similarity checking for plagiarism
  • GradeMark for easy and robust markup of student work
  • PeerMark for enabling students to provide feedback to each other (coming soon)
  • NEW THIS FALL: easier workflow for both faculty & students to use and view GradeMark results.

Friday, Sept 28th: Experiments with Camtasia

9am-12pm; 1pm-3pm: Drop in anytime – L1735

  • 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.

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.

(Materials>Content>D2L Resources & Training>Friday Coffee Fix handouts)

Click here for the full Sept 2018 Friday Coffee Fix flyer

For your reading…

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a great article entitled Will Students Actually Believe They Can Do This Assignment?

“No matter how much students value your course, or how supportive your classroom environment, they won’t be motivated to do the work if they don’t think they can succeed at it. And of course the solution is not about making things easy for them.”

Click here for the full article

Have an excellent week!!

 

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Sincerely,

The CTL Mascots, Norma and Dale

“Prep on a Stick”

 

Welcome to Chalk & Pixels – the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) newsletter. Every Monday we give you the latest info on faculty development stuff!

It’s State Fair Season!

And you know what that means…yep…Development Days are upon us. And of course the last-minute scramble to prep for the first day.

Here’s some tips to help ease your mind and help you plan so you can enjoy your remaining days of summer!

Highlights of the Development Days Schedule:

  1. Bust out your red shirts because we’re taking an ALL COLLEGE PICTURE on Wednesday! Curious about how this will be done? Come find out.
  2. Brush up on the latest D2L Brightspace updates – lots of REALLY cool things you may have already noticed and stuff you may want to learn more about.
  3. Faculty Development Funds workshop – come learn how to apply for dough!
  4. AlphaGo – watch a really cool film with your colleagues and discuss its implications on teaching & learning in the 21st Century.
  5. Lots of really cool breakout sessions and time to connect with faculty, MSCF union leaders, and college leadership.
  6. CLICK HERE for the full schedule, which was also emailed to you on Aug. 15th.

Get a Jump Start – D2L Crash Course

New to D2L? Take this 3-hour crash course to learn how to set up the essentials.
When: Tuesday, August 21st, 9am-12pm
Where: A2556

Tips for you:  “First 4 Weeks”

Summer Training with D2L Brightspace, and “Videos for All”

D2L Cloud migration complete.

As of June 2nd, D2L Brightspace is hosted in a cloud-based server, allowing for more immediate updates in the future without interruptions.

Click here for descriptions and short tutorial videos of the newest features!

 

Videos for All Survey!

Take this short Survey and receive $3 in Lancer Bucks (to first 20 respondents) AND enter a drawing for $25 in Lancer Bucks! (Drawing held during August Development Days)

Click here for more info on the Videos for All project

Note: For both the survey and the Videos for All info, use your Office 365 sign-in credentials:
[YourStarID]@minnstate.edu
+
StarID Password

Summer D2L workshops!

Location: All workshops held in L3711 (3rd floor inside library)
RSVP: kathleen.coate@normandale.edu OR 952-358-8617

Monday, June 25th
New Features/Cloud update (Repeated from May 21st) 
9am-10am OR 11am-12pm

  • After the Cloud migration on June 1st & 2nd several new features will be added to D2L.
  • Practice using these new features to prepare to use them in your courses.
  • This will be especially helpful if you are teaching Summer Session II

Tuesday, June 26th
Videos for All (Repeated from May 22nd)
8am-10am

  • Discuss how to find pre-made videos for your courses
  • Experiment with MediaSpace (online software for storing and creating videos)
  • See a demo of Camtasia Studio (video-creation software)
  • Learn how to make and/or request captions for your videos
  • First 10 faculty to RSVP get a free headset & option for Camtasia! (Currently only 5 spots left for free gear)

Tuesday, June 26th
Student Engagement using advanced features (repeated from May 22nd)
10:30am-12:30pm

  • Learn consistency of design and the Checklist tool
  • Experiment with Templates
  • Set up Release Conditions
  • Set up Intelligent Agents

Wed & Thur, July 18 & 19th
D2L Basics – 2 day workshop
8:30-3:30 both days

  • Review basic instructional design principles as they apply to the online environment
  • Learn and experiment with the primary tools in D2L
  • Begin designing your course for either face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online environments

Tuesday, Aug 21st
D2L Crash Course
9am-12pm

  • Learn the basics of D2L
  • Prepare the essentials of your online environment for the first day of class

Want one-on-one help?

Request an appointment with Kathleen Coate for days/times listed below:

Tues, July 10th, 9am-11am
Tues, July 31st, 9:30-11:30; 12:30-2pm
Mon, Aug. 6th, 9am-12pm
Tues, Aug. 7th, 10am-12pm
Mon, Aug. 20th, 9am-2pm

Minnesota eLearning Summit! Aug. 1-2

Want to attend the Minnesota eLearning Summit? We have some dough set aside for faculty who want to attend – email Kathleen ASAP at kathleen.coate@normandale.edu if you’d like to attend.

Click here for more info on the Summit!

 

Need help right now?

For additional D2L help, contact the help desk at 952-358-8181 or use the AskUs – Employee edition ticket system – select “Click to login” in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Enjoy your day!

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Faculty – Summer Training & Info!

Reminder…D2L downtime & updates

Starting Friday, June 1 at 8 PM until approximately Saturday, June 2 at 12 PM, D2L Brightspace will be offline to move to D2L’s Cloud service.  During this time, our D2L Brightspace sites will be migrated to cloud hosting, and upgraded to the cumulative version of 10.8.1.

Click here for descriptions and short tutorial videos of the newest features!

 

Videos for All Survey!

Take this short Survey and receive $3 in Lancer Bucks (to first 20 respondents) AND enter a drawing for $25 in Lancer Bucks! (Drawing held during August Development Days)

Click here for more info on the Videos for All project

Note: For both the survey and the Videos for All info, use your Office 365 sign-in credentials:
[YourStarID]@minnstate.edu
+
StarID Password

Summer D2L workshops!

Location: All workshops held in L3711 (3rd floor inside library)
RSVP: kathleen.coate@normandale.edu OR 952-358-8617

Monday, June 25th
New Features/Cloud update (Repeated from May 21st) 
9am-10am OR 11am-12pm

  • After the Cloud migration on June 1st & 2nd several new features will be added to D2L.
  • Practice using these new features to prepare to use them in your courses.
  • This will be especially helpful if you are teaching Summer Session II

Tuesday, June 26th
Videos for All (Repeated from May 22nd)
8am-10am

  • Discuss how to find pre-made videos for your courses
  • Experiment with MediaSpace (online software for storing and creating videos)
  • See a demo of Camtasia Studio (video-creation software)
  • Learn how to make and/or request captions for your videos
  • First 10 faculty to RSVP get a free headset & option for Camtasia! (Currently only 5 spots left for free gear)

Tuesday, June 26th
Student Engagement using advanced features (repeated from May 22nd)
10:30am-12:30pm

  • Learn consistency of design and the Checklist tool
  • Experiment with Templates
  • Set up Release Conditions
  • Set up Intelligent Agents

Wed & Thur, July 18 & 19th
D2L Basics – 2 day workshop
8:30-3:30 both days

  • Review basic instructional design principles as they apply to the online environment
  • Learn and experiment with the primary tools in D2L
  • Begin designing your course for either face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online environments

Tuesday, Aug 21st
D2L Crash Course
9am-12pm

  • Learn the basics of D2L
  • Prepare the essentials of your online environment for the first day of class

Minnesota eLearning Summit! Aug. 1-2

Want to attend the Minnesota eLearning Summit? We have some dough set aside for faculty who want to attend – email Kathleen ASAP at kathleen.coate@normandale.edu if you’d like to attend.

Click here for more info on the Summit!

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