Happy Monday everyone!
Last week, there were an amazing number of faculty development opportunities, and we hope you had the chance to take advantage of some of them. In case you missed a session that you wanted to attend, we have compiled some of the resources from those sessions on the CTL D2L page. There, you can look in the Content module “Material From Development Days” and find the “Recharge Day 2019 and Sara Goldrick-Rab Presentation” module. Here, we have resources from the following presentations and breakout sessions:
- Sara Goldrick-Rab’s presentation about college affordability on Friday, March 29
- Handout on student resources from the student panel on Recharge Day
- Videos for All
- Information from the Textbook Depot
- Judy Richardson-Mahre’s session on ADHD
- Jack Norton’s session on SPLOT and MYOS (managing and simplifying the technology you use)
- What’s that FN grade?
Also, in Sara Goldrick-Rab’s presentation, she mentioned that sharing information on our syllabi about campus resources can be a great way to show students that we think of them as humans first, and then students. The Center for Teaching and Learning has made this easy for you! We have compiled a list of resources around campus, resources from gender-inclusive bathrooms to printing services to information about getting your car jump-started to mental health services, and many more. Each semester, we check and make sure that the phone numbers, locations, and names are current. This Course Syllabus Campus Resource can be found on the CTL D2L page under Content–>Syllabus Resources. Please feel free to distribute this sheet directly to your students as part of your syllabus!
Also, there are a few exciting upcoming faculty development opportunities here at Normandale.
- First off, if you are interested in learning more about the CTL restructuring for next year, we are holding a forum on Wednesday, April 3 from 2:30-3:30 in A2552. Come with your questions–we hope to see you there!
- This Friday, April 5th, is the D2L Connection: MN Edition User Conference. This conference will feature sessions on best practices for using technology in the classroom (both in person and online), on subjects including captioning and video creation, rubrics, animation, and more. Kathleen Coate still has two prepaid spots for faculty who are interested in attending–contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- As part of this D2L Connection conference, Dave Maurer, our new D2L Account Manager, and Dan Semi, Systems Engineer and Trainer, will be hosting a listening session about D2L from 12:30-1:20 p.m on Friday, April 5 in P0808. This is our chance to voice our pleasure or displeasure, concerns, or wishes about the learning management software we use everyday. Come and make your voice heard!
- On Monday, April 15, we will be offering a workshop on Turnitin in A2552 from 3-4 PM. Turnitin is a tool integrated within D2L, and is most commonly used as an “originality” check for student written work. Other functions include spelling and grammar tools, and robust markup and feedback tools. Instructors can choose whether student papers will be loaded into the “student repository,” or just run through an initial check against other online papers and web resources. Come learn the way in which your colleagues are benefiting from using this tool, and some of the teaching & learning principles behind it. Bring your laptop so that you try out new techniques as you learn them!
Finally, some of our colleagues from Minneapolis College, Dr. Jay Williams and Alison Bergbloom Johnson, have edited a collection of stories by students at Minneapolis College. This book is called Out from the Shadows of Minneapolis: Power, Pride, and Perseverance at a Northern Community College, and it is available for free through Opendora.
Have a great week, everyone!