Connect with students for their educational – and mental – well being.

Adobe Connect: Free to all Minn State faculty, staff, and students!

This web-meeting tool helps you easily connect with students live online, and share your screen, documents, a whiteboard, and your webcam!

Click on these resources for more info:
1. Info on Normandale portal, including video overview

2. Youtube tutorial by Alistair Lee

3. Quick “Getting Started” guide

D2L Help – Friday Coffee Fix! Only 3 2 left!

  1. November 10th: BYOQ!  Bring Your Own Questions! Make a list of what’s puzzling you about D2L and come on down – we can help.  Cancelled due to the Veteran’s Day holiday!  
  2. November 17th: Design strategies in D2L – want your html files in D2L to be more visually organized? Want to easily convert pdf’s, powerpoints, or word docs into visually stunning web pages for students?**  This is the session for you.  It’s so easy you’ll swoon, and not just from the caffeine rush.
    **We will demonstrate Design Templates in D2L, and the O365 app “Sway”.
  3. December 1st: Gradebook!  You know this time is coming – time to get your gradebook organized and ready for students to view. We will demonstrate some common end-of-the-semester tasks, and help you with individual questions about your gradebook.

Click here for the Fall 2017 Friday Coffee Fix schedule

Click here for normal drop-in hours and appointment times

Upcoming CTL Hour! Mental health services at Normandale.

Monday, Nov. 20th, 3-4pm, A2552

This session will focus on what Normandale provides in terms of mental health wellness. Come and learn how best to communicate with students, what to put in your syllabus, and what to do when you think a student might be in need of help.  See you there!

Have you seen our D2L page??

CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning) has a newly-updated D2L page, which houses resources for your perusal. We will upload material from past-sessions, and organize modules that are easy to navigate and find resources for your teaching needs.

CTL d2l page image for search

Have a great week!

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Help Us Redesign our Syllabus Checklist! (plus other development opportunities)

This afternoon (Monday, October 30th), from 3-4 pm in A2552, the Center for Teaching and Learning needs your help!  We want to revise our syllabus checklist, and we’re looking for your input.

  • How do you present syllabus information to your students?
  • How do you balance being thorough with being inviting?
  • How do you creatively engage your students while still conveying important information?

During this afternoon’s workshop, we will review best practices in accessible syllabus design, while also brainstorming for ways to be more creative and engaging.  Not only will we serve cookies, but maybe you’ll come away with a few ideas for how to improve your own syllabi for Spring 2018, as well!

If you can’t make the session, stop the Professional Development Center (L1735) on Wednesday, November 1 from 1-3 PM to find out what you missed or to share your thoughts on what we could change.

Here are some other upcoming events from both near and far…. Continue reading

Improving Design from Syllabus to Online Course; plus, do you know a great teacher?

Welcome back from Fall Break–hopefully it was relaxing and re-energizing!

This Friday, October 27th, there will be no D2L drop-in hours.  Kathleen Coate will be at the Improving Your Online Course workshop in Rochester.  More information about this workshop can be found here.  If you are interested in attending, please let her know today!

Next Monday, October 30th, the Center for Teaching and Learning needs your help!  We want to revise our syllabus checklist and we’re looking for your input.  How do you present syllabus information to your students?  How do you balance thoroughness with being inviting?  How do you creatively engage your students while still conveying important information?  During this workshop, we will review best practices in accessible syllabus design, while also brainstorming for ways to be more creative and engaging (such as these ideas from the Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning about incorporating visual material into a syllabus).  Come ready to review the syllabus checklist and offer your input–and maybe you’ll come away with a few ideas for how to improve your own syllabi for Spring 2018!

If you are wondering which forms of assessment best support student learning, this article by Grahm Gibbs and Claire Simpson might be of interest.  And if you don’t really have time to read anything else right now, the Tomorrow’s Professor blog at Stanford has helpfully summarized it for us!

And last but not least, do you know a really great teacher?

From the recent Normandale News emails: “Here’s your chance to honor your favorite Normandale faculty member. Up to three nominees will be identified as Normandale’s candidates for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching award. Please write a few sentences or more (50 words minimum) about what made that person such an excellent instructor for you. These are the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system’s criteria; include as many as you can. Feel free to leave any out, though, if you have no knowledge about them or nothing to say. Thanks for supporting your Normandale Faculty!

  • Skilled teaching that fosters student learning and adapts to student needs.
  • Exceptional subject knowledge that is current and engages students.
  • Assessment methods that include both grading and teaching for student success.
  • High standards focused on student learning; with the support students need to reach them.
  • Service to students, the college, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and the professional community.

Send an email with your nomination by 4 pm, Monday, Oct. 30, to Vice President for Academic Affairs, Julie Guelich, at julie.guelich@normandale.edu.

For further information, contact co-chairs Bridget Fitzpatrick at 952-358-9062 or Patrick O’Donnell at 952-358-8684.”

Thanks all for today!

Edit: This post formerly contained information about a workshop at the University of Minnesota on increasing student motivation.  Unfortunately, that workshop is only open to faculty at the U of M so that information has been removed.

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.

Exciting News! CTL on D2L!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Our exciting news today is that the Center for Teaching and Learning has its own D2L page, named, appropriately, “Center for Teaching and Learning.”  This D2L page will be used as a repository for materials from CTL-sponsored events, making it easier for faculty to apply what they have learned in their own classrooms.  If you miss a CTL hour, no problem!  PowerPoint presentations, handouts, Common Book materials, teaching strategies, D2L resources, and the like can now all be found on this site.  You can also see reminders about upcoming events, including CTL hours and D2L training.

Thanks very much to Sue Tischendorf for getting this D2L page up and running!

Also, mark your calendars for next Monday’s CTL hour–“What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know About D2L,” held in A2552 from 3-4 pm.  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.

A few more notes of interest this week: Continue reading