CTL Hour today! What you don’t know you don’t know about D2L.

Today, Oct. 16th from 3-4pm in A2552.

What you don’t know you don’t know about D2L.

Many gems exist in the maze of our learning management software.  This session will bring these gems to the surface for you to glean; some of these gems will be demonstrated, others will be described in detailed handouts that you can either take for another day, or schedule an individual training session to explore.  Either way, one thing’s for sure: there are things you don’t know you don’t know, but will really love.  Presented by Kathleen Coate and Sue Tischendorf.

Preview of topics

We will give highlights of the following tools:

-Awards
-Design templates for html files
-Office 365 integration
-User-friendly Checklists

Also at this session:

-D2L Time-saver tip sheet
-Handouts on Intelligent Agents, MediaSpace, Video Assignments, and more!

See you there!

 

Want to Improve Your Online Course?  Got 4 hours?

The next “Improving Your Online Course” workshop will be held on Friday, October 27th in Rochester, MN.  Sponsored by Quality Matters, this workshop is discounted to all Minn. State faculty for the stellar rate of $35. Got faculty development funds? Want help applying and registering?  Contact Kathleen Coate at kathleen.coate@normandale.edu for more info. Click here for the IYOC workshop flyer.

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D2L: What you don’t know you don’t know. And other dizzying intellect…

The first installment of “Friday Coffee Fix” was awesome!

Thanks to those who attended!  We drained the coffee pot and chatted about Discussions, Quizzes, and Turnitin.  Fun times.

This coming Friday, Sept. 29th is “BYOQ” – Bring Your Own Questions.  What do you want to know but are too busy to ask?  Want to find out what other faculty are asking about?  Come on down to L1735 between 10am-12pm.  Click here for the full schedule of topics for Fall 2017.

Can’t make it on Fridays?

No worries.  Each week has regular drop-in hours or appointment times available – no specific topic necessary.  Click here for Drop-in hours.

Also – the ITS Helpdesk supports both faculty and students with D2L questions (among their many other awesome services.)  Contact them directly at 952-358-8181, or submit a Ticket to AskUs – Employee Edition.

Next CTL Hour, Oct. 16th: “What you don’t know you don’t know about D2L”

Monday, Oct. 16th, 3-4pm, A2552

“What you don’t know you don’t know about D2L.”  Many hidden gems exist in the maze of our learning management software.  This session will bring these gems to the surface for you to glean; some of these gems will be demonstrated, others will be described in detailed handouts that you can either take for another day, or schedule an individual training session to explore.  Either way, one thing’s for sure: there are things you don’t know you don’t know, but will really love.  Presented by Kathleen Coate and Sue Tischendorf.

Want to Improve Your Online Course?  Got 4 hours?

The next “Improving Your Online Course” workshop will be held on Friday, October 27th in Rochester, MN.  Sponsored by Quality Matters, this workshop is discounted to all Minn. State faculty for the stellar rate of $35. Got faculty development funds? Want help applying and registering?  Contact Kathleen Coate at kathleen.coate@normandale.edu for more info. Click here for the IYOC workshop flyer.

D2L Survey!  

Got a quick minute? Tell us what you think about the new My Courses widget, and other features.  

(This is the same survey emailed from Sue Tischendorf on Friday, Sept. 22nd.)

The Minnesota State System Site Admin team has an opportunity to talk with D2L next week Friday, September 29th, about the My Courses widget. Please provide your feedback on the following topics by taking this short survey in D2L.

How are faculty adjusting to the new My Courses widget design?

What are faculty’s top wants?

How are students adjusting to the new widget?

To access the survey, log into D2L and then click one of the two links below.  This survey is anonymous and will be used to help define changes when possible to the improve the performance of the Learning Management features.

D2L My Courses Widget survey

https://normandale.ims.mnscu.edu/d2l/lms/survey/user/attempt/survey_start_frame.d2l?si=3724318&ou=1657

 Thanks for participating in the survey!!

 

Enjoy your week and…

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Need D2L Help? We got you covered.

Read on for some great info, including our next CTL hour on Sept. 18th – you won’t want to miss it!

D2L Brightspace Help? You’re covered.

  1. **NEW!!**  Friday Coffee Fix – Starting Sept. 22nd, every Friday from 10am-12pm will feature free coffee and snacks in L1735 – and – every other Friday will focus on a specific D2L tool!  Come at 10 and stay as long as you like. Bring your own mug if you can, and fuel up on caffeine to keep yourself – and your class – running smoothly.  Click here for the schedule of Friday Coffee Fix topics.
  2. Regular Drop-in hours in the PDC (Professional Development Center, L1735) – Take a quick break and come on down! Get your technical questions answered, and free-up your brain for what you do best – teaching your students.  Click here for the schedule of drop-in hours.
  3. Submit a question online to IT Services – Click here to submit your question.
  4. Quality Matters – upcoming workshops!
    1. Workshops through the “Quality Matters” program – hosted by the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI) are a GREAT way to improve your use of online or hybrid courses.  They offer both online and face-to-face workshops, as well as free webinars!    Click here to view the workshop schedule.
    2. Rubrics for online/hybrid courses – Quality Matters also provides a very detailed rubric you can peruse for your online or hybrid course – also very useful for web-enhanced and face-to-face classes.  You can even get your course peer-reviewed and certified.  Click here for general information about Quality Matters.
  5. Online help! –  It’s late, it’s the weekend, and you just want the answer to your question.  Where do you go?
    1. From your D2L Homepage:
      get mnscu help
    2. Select which help option you want to use:get mnscu help details bigger.jpg

CTL Hour for September 18: Teaching Students to Study Smarter, Not Harder!

Are your students’ test and quiz scores lower than you hoped?  Are you surprised that they don’t seem to remember key information from the textbook?  We can help!  Come to this exciting panel discussion and workshop, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, on September 18 from 3-4 pm in A2552.  Faculty from biology, reading, and psychology will talk about metacognitive strategies that they use in their own classrooms to get their students to think about how they learn, rather than simply what they learn.  Then, you will have the chance to think about how you can implement some of these same ideas into your own classroom.  Hope to see you there!

Now that you have some great ideas for getting help this semester, kick back, and order this t-shirt:

im all caught up tshirt

Have a great week!

 

D2L Brightspace help in the PDC

Looking for more ways to engage with students in D2L?  Need help with a specific tool?  We’re here to help.  Come on over for help with your D2L questions – you can also get help with Office 365, MediaSpace, or Turnitin.

Here are 3 great ways to request help:

  1. Visit Kathleen Coate (Faculty member and D2L Trainer) in the Professional Development Center (L1735) during drop-in hours, or make an appointment.

    Drop-in hours (appointments not required but recommended):
    Monday: 1:30-3pm
    Tuesday: 11am-4pm
    Thursday: 9am-2pm
    Friday: 9am-1pm

    By appointment only:
    Tuesday: 4-6pm
    Wednesday: 4-6pm

  2. Call the ITS Helpdesk at 952-358-8181
  3. Submit a Ticket to ITS through the AskUs-Employee Edition

Clarification on Success Day sessions on Accessibility

Roundtable – creating barrier-free online classes (Tuesday, February 28th)

Join us for a discussion on the why’s & how’s of creating barrier-free online classes that meet accessibility requirements, and are helpful to all students.  This session will be held in A2552 from 10-10:50.  

3 Important Tips for Creating “Barrier-Free” Online Classroom:

A Hands-on Workshop for Success Day (Tuesday, February 28th)

This will be a hands-on workshop for learning some tools for creating barrier-freeonline classes. We will practice ways to make documents accessible, caption videos, and create audio descriptions for visual elements (such as photos or drawings.) Bring some materials if you would like to experiment, or just observe and gather ideas on how you can help all students succeed in your online classes. This workshop will be offered two times:  11-11:50 and 1-1:50 in A2556.