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!




Grief support; upcoming development opportunities

As we come back today from spring break, we do so knowing that Normandale is not the same that it was.  The loss of Ben over break has shocked and saddened us.  Lean on each other, celebrate the memories you have with others who knew him, and reach out for help if you need it.  Remember that the Employee Assistance Program will be available on Tuesday from 12-4 and Wednesday from 10:30-4:30 in the conference room of the Human Resources suite if you need counseling or support. They can also be reached at 1-800-657-3719 if you need additional assistance.

It’s hard to think about anything else in the face of such terrible news, but I do want to remind everyone of a few upcoming faculty development opportunities:

  • On Monday, March 19th from 3-4 pm in A2552, CTL will be sponsoring a session with Advising and Counseling about ways that faculty can work together with Advising and Counseling to help students with questions about registration, withdrawing from courses, degree plans, etc.
  • Tuesday, March 20th, is Recharge Normandale day.  CTL is holding a breakout session on the use of smartphones in the classroom.  If you are looking for suggestions on how to manage the presence of smartphones in your classes, or if you have ideas for how to creatively integrate this technology, come check it out.  The session will be held twice–once from 12:15-1:15 and again from 1:30-2:30 in A2552.
  • This week’s Friday Coffee Fix is on Managing Groups in D2L.  You will learn new ideas for using the Groups tool, setting up discussion boards, folders,
    Office 365 shared documents, and more.  This session is held twice–10-noon and 1-3 in L1735.
  • Also, the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI) is offering two one-day workshops this spring. Join colleagues from around the region to collaborate on organizing your online curriculum in a way that is proven to help students navigate online or hybrid courses.  Ask Kathleen Coate for help registering with  your faculty development funds.

Hang in there, everyone.

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

Love the Olympics? We have medal-worthy CTL content of our own right here!

Here’s hoping everyone had a wonderful long weekend, with plenty of luge, bobsled, and curling (if that’s your thing)!

As we get back into the swing of things, here are a few reminders:

In case you have missed it, big changes are coming to Office 365!  This week’s Friday Coffee Fix will cover a lot of information about the changes, so make sure you stop by L1735 from 10-12 or again from 1-3.  If you can’t make the Coffee Fix, you can stop by L1735 to chat with Kathleen Coate during her drop-in hours (with the exception this week of Thursday, when she won’t be holding them).

Please also remember that students will not be able to access their current Office 365 accounts from Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 pm until Monday, Feb. 26.  Keep this in mind as you create due dates, etc.  Students CAN start using their new Office 365 already, however, and this will be available all weekend.  To login, students should visit https://login.microsoftonline.com.

Book orders for summer semester are due today!  Tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 21), links will be sent out for Fall 2018 orders; these orders are due by Monday, March 12th.

Here is some information to help the book ordering process go more smoothly:

Here is the site for ordering your books.  Log in using your Normandale email address. For those that may have forgotten their passwords, please note the password reset link on the log in page. Please call 952-358-9130 should you have any issues logging in.

Here is a list of important reminders about the book order process.

Here, also, is a video that explains how to complete your order:

If you have any other questions, here are the people to contact:

  • Technical questions: Chris Peterson
  • Book-specific questions: Shanna Ross
  • Rental questions: Tiffany Dresen

Congratulations to Xiaosheng Li, who just received certification through Quality Matters for Calculus 3!  Xiaosheng joins several other Normandale faculty who have completed this process to ensure nationally-recognized certification for their online courses. You can find more information here.

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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