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.

spring is coming



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!

monday meme bill murray

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!

happy monday morgan freeman



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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