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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Summer Training opportunities – starting today!

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Here’s your chance for some in-person help with D2L Brightspace, and the “Videos for All” initiative.

RSVP for all workshop: 952-358-8617, or kathleen.coate@normandale.edu
Location: L3711 (3rd floor inside the Library)

Monday, May 21st

 
10:00am-11:00am

        or

1:00pm-2:00pm

 

 

New Features/Cloud update (Repeated on June 25th)

·         After the Cloud migration on June 1st & 2nd several new features will be added to D2L.

·         In this session, you will be able to view and practice using these new features in the “QA” (Quality Assurance) environment. (Especially helpful if you are teaching Summer Session I)

 

Tuesday, May 22nd

 
10:00am-12:00pm Videos for All (Repeated on June 26th)

·         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

1:00pm-3:00pm Student engagement using advanced features (Repeated on June 26th)

·         Learn consistency of design and the Checklist tool

·         Experiment with Templates

·         Set up Release Conditions

·         Set up Intelligent Agents

Monday, June 25th

9:00am-10:00am

         or

11:00am-12:00pm

 

New Features/Cloud update (Repeated from May 21st)

·         After the Cloud migration on June 1st & 2nd several new features were added to D2L.

·         In this session, you will be able to view and practice using these new features to prepare to use them in your courses. (Especially helpful if you are teaching Summer Session II)

 

Tuesday, June 26th

 
8:00am-10:00am Videos for All (See description from May 22nd)

 

10:30am-12:30pm Student engagement using advanced features (See description from May 22nd)

 

Wed, July 18th & Thurs, July 19th

 
8:30am-3:30pm

(both days)

D2L Basics – 2 day workshop

·         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

 
9:00am-12:00pm D2L Crash Course: Learn the basics of D2L – stuff you need to know before classes start!
 
·         For one-on-one assistance, contact the ITS Helpdesk, or Kathleen Coate at 952-358-8617, Kathleen.coate@normandale.edu

·         Watch your email for more D2L training opportunities during August Development Days!

Before you go…(seriously, you’ll want to read this)

Teaching Circles re-imagined – Apply before you go!

Teaching Circles is undergoing some exciting changes for 2018-19!! Participants will now receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the program!!  Two Teaching Circles groups will be offered this coming fall on the topics of “Culturally Responsive Pedagogy” and “Teaching Through Active Learning.”  Submit your application form (available here) to Ruth Robinson (F2205) as soon as possible. Applications received by May 15th will receive the highest priority.

Videos for All

By now you’ve probably heard…we are working with Minn State’s “Captioning Project Seed Funding” program to create a robust method for using and creating fully accessible videos in all classes – this is an ongoing project that’s just getting started and we’d love for you to be the first to get involved!

How do I get in on Videos for All?

Take this survey! 

  • Login to the survey using Office 365 credentials: [YourStarID]@minnstate.edu and your Star ID Password
  • Earn $3 in Lancer Bucks and entry into a drawing for $25 Lancer Bucks! (Drawing held on August 23rd)

Come to a summer workshop on either May 22nd (10am-12pm) or June 26 (8am-10am – Location: L3711 – RSVP required)

  • 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
  • Receive a FREE headset and option for FREE Camtasia (first 10 faculty to respond to each date)
  • RSVP to kathleen.coate@normandale.edu or 952-358-8617

Click here for the Videos for All flyer

Teaching in the summer?

Click here for the full summer workshops schedule

How can I promote student engagement?

Come to a workshop on either May 22nd (1pm-3pm) or June 26th (10:30am-12:30pm – Location: L3711 – RSVP requested)

  • Learn consistency of design and the Checklist tool (in other words – Jazz up your Content!)
  • Experiment with Templates
  • Set up Release Conditions
  • Set up Intelligent Agents
  • RSVP to kathleen.coate@normandale.edu or 952-358-8617

What changes are coming to D2L on June 2nd?

You’ll notice some great new features, and some hidden gems when D2L moves to the cloud.

Come to a workshop on either May 21st (10am-11am OR 1pm-2pm) OR June 25th (9am-10am OR 11am-12pm) Location: L3711 – RSVP requested)

  • Images – more robust editing ability in html files- See video (2:30)
  • Intelligent Agent – re-designed edit page – See video (4:36)
  • Quizzes – add a “due date” as well as an “end date”
  • Manage Dates – “due date” now included
  • ePortfolio – D2L has provided an overview video and a video to help you navigate this new tool for Minnesota State campuses.

To explore these new features on your own, go to your “quality assurance” (QA) test site in D2L’s cloud available at https://normandale.brightspace.com.  Login using your StarID credentials.  After you log in, you’ll find the same look and feel of D2L Brightspace.  Listed below are descriptions of some of the new features and changes you’ll see after we migrate on June 1-2.  Don’t wait, try these out today!

Want one-on-one help with D2L Brightspace?

Contact the ITS Helpdesk

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.

Make an appointment

Kathleen Coate will be on campus only periodically through the summer – please see the schedule below, and let her know if you’d like to schedule an appointment. (kathleen.coate@normandale.edu, 952-358-8617)
(You may also drop-by without an appointment, however priority will be given to pre-made appointments.)
Wed May 16th 9am-2pm
Thurs May 17 9am-2pm
Wed May 30 12-4pm
Thurs May 31 12-3pm
Mon June 4 9am-2pm
Tues June 5 9am-12pm
Wed June 6 9am-12pm
Thurs June 7 9am-12pm
Thurs June 14 12-3pm
Tues July 10 9am-11am
Tues July 31 9:30-11:30am; 12:30-2pm
Mon Aug. 6 9am-12pm
Tues Aug. 7 10am-12pm
Mon Aug. 20 9am-2pm

Have a very healthy, creative, and invigorating summer!

Sincerely,

Your CTL team

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Finals Week Updates and a Summer Preview

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s finals week already!  Wasn’t it just a few days ago that we got a blizzard?  And isn’t there still snow by the parking garage?

Anyways, as you finish up your semesters, here are a few things to look forward to over the summer and heading into next fall:

  • Meg Hatton is once again organizing a summer faculty reading group. Watch for an email from her about times and the exciting book that the group will be reading!
  • Teaching Circles is undergoing some exciting changes for 2018-19!! Participants will now receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the program!!  Two Teaching Circles groups will be offered this coming fall on the topics of “Culturally Responsive Pedagogy” and “Teaching Through Active Learning.”  Submit your application form (available here) to Ruth Robinson (F2205) as soon as possible.  Applications received by May 15th will receive the highest priority.
  • In 2018-2019, Robert Frame will once again collect information from faculty interested in “adding to their toolbox” by observing other NCC instructors in the Informal Peer Observation option.  Watch for an invitation – early in fall 2018! – to indicate your interest.

Also, if you need D2L help over finals week, here is Kathleen’s schedule:

Finals Week Schedule:

Mon 5/7 9am-12pm; 5-6 by appt only
Tues 5/8 9am-4pm; 4-6 by appt only
Wed 5/9 2pm-4pm; 4-6 by appt only
Thurs 5/10 10am-2pm
Fri 5/11 9am-2pm
Mon 5/14 9am-4pm; 4-6pm by appt
Tues 5/15 9am-3pm

Kathleen is also offering a number of summer workshops on topics including using advanced features to engage students and the D2L Cloud migration.  More information about these workshops can be found here.

One workshop that is particularly exciting is the “Videos for All” session, held on both May 22nd and June 26th.  Normandale has received money to improve our video captioning process–faculty are invited to these workshops to learn more about using video in their courses and creating their own videos.  The first 10 faculty to RSVP to Kathleen Coate will receive a free microphone/headset and the option to download Camtasia onto their work computer!  More information can be found here.

As part of this “Videos for All” project, faculty are also invited to take a survey!

The first 20 respondents will receive $3 in “Lancer Bucks,” good at any of the campus food venues. ALL survey participants prior to August 22nd will be entered into a drawing for $25 in Lancer Bucks.

The drawing will take place on August 22nd during Development Days.

The “Videos for All” survey can be found here.

To enter the survey, login with your Office 365 credentials:

Login with: [YourStarID]@minnstate.edu

Password: [YourStarIDPassword]

Last, but not least, Minnesota State has developed a resource promoting best practices in online teaching.  Take a look over the summer and see if you can use these guidelines to help improve your own online courses or content!

Thanks, everyone, for all you did this year to make CTL programming a success!  If you have suggestions for workshops or speakers next year, please let us know.  And in the meantime, have a fantastic summer!

Last CTL Hour of the Semester: Addressing Grief in the Classroom

As the semester winds down, we know that you have a lot going on–grading, writing finals, grading, catching up on committee work, and oh, maybe some more grading!  In spite of all this busy-ness, we hope you can join us for the last CTL hour of this semester:

Addressing Grief in the Classroom

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.

Our panelists will be Dr. Amy Wagener, Dr. Theresa Glaser, and Angie Effertz.  We will meet from 3-4 pm in A2552, and there WILL be cookies!

Also, D2L Drop-in help has extended hours for Finals Week! Come on down to L1735 (lower level from the Library entrance) for answers to your questions.

Finals Week D2L Drop-in Schedule:

  • Mon 5/7 9am-12pm; 5-6 by appt only
  • Tues 5/8 9am-4pm; 4-6 by appt only
  • Wed 5/9 2pm-4pm; 4-6 by appt only
  • Thurs 5/10 10am-4pm
  • Fri 5/11 9am-4pm
  • Mon 5/14 9am-4pm; 4-6pm by appt only
  • Tues 5/15 9am-3pm

Note: If you know when you’re coming, please give a Kathleen Coate a heads up – priority will be given to appointments made during drop-in hours.

As you move forward into the summer, there are several additional professional development opportunities to look forward to:

  • Ruth Robinson will once again be organizing Teaching Circles for 2018-2019, but there will be some exciting changes to the program.  Stay tuned for more information later this week!
  • Also, Meg Hatton will be hosting the Summer Faculty Reading Group again this summer.  Watch for an email from her about times and the exciting book that the group will be reading!

And if you want to use the summer to catch up on your reading, here are two book recommendations:

  • The Pedagogy of REAL Talk by Paul Hernandez, which provides strategies for building rapport with students, which then lead to more engaged, successful students.  (Email Jen Miller if you would like to borrow a copy of this book)
  • Adjunct Faculty Voices, edited by Roy Fuller, Marie Kendall Brown, Kimberly Smith, and Adrianna Kezar.  As more and more faculty are employed as adjuncts, rather than in tenure-track positions, this essay collection offers valuable perspectives on the challenges of such work, as well as practices that adjunct faculty have employed to successfully overcome such challenges.

Hang in there, everyone!  We are almost done 🙂