Need D2L Help? We got you covered.

Read on for some great info, including our next CTL hour on Sept. 18th – you won’t want to miss it!

D2L Brightspace Help? You’re covered.

  1. **NEW!!**  Friday Coffee Fix – Starting Sept. 22nd, every Friday from 10am-12pm will feature free coffee and snacks in L1735 – and – every other Friday will focus on a specific D2L tool!  Come at 10 and stay as long as you like. Bring your own mug if you can, and fuel up on caffeine to keep yourself – and your class – running smoothly.  Click here for the schedule of Friday Coffee Fix topics.
  2. Regular Drop-in hours in the PDC (Professional Development Center, L1735) – Take a quick break and come on down! Get your technical questions answered, and free-up your brain for what you do best – teaching your students.  Click here for the schedule of drop-in hours.
  3. Submit a question online to IT Services – Click here to submit your question.
  4. Quality Matters – upcoming workshops!
    1. Workshops through the “Quality Matters” program – hosted by the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI) are a GREAT way to improve your use of online or hybrid courses.  They offer both online and face-to-face workshops, as well as free webinars!    Click here to view the workshop schedule.
    2. Rubrics for online/hybrid courses – Quality Matters also provides a very detailed rubric you can peruse for your online or hybrid course – also very useful for web-enhanced and face-to-face classes.  You can even get your course peer-reviewed and certified.  Click here for general information about Quality Matters.
  5. Online help! –  It’s late, it’s the weekend, and you just want the answer to your question.  Where do you go?
    1. From your D2L Homepage:
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    2. Select which help option you want to use:get mnscu help details bigger.jpg

CTL Hour for September 18: Teaching Students to Study Smarter, Not Harder!

Are your students’ test and quiz scores lower than you hoped?  Are you surprised that they don’t seem to remember key information from the textbook?  We can help!  Come to this exciting panel discussion and workshop, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, on September 18 from 3-4 pm in A2552.  Faculty from biology, reading, and psychology will talk about metacognitive strategies that they use in their own classrooms to get their students to think about how they learn, rather than simply what they learn.  Then, you will have the chance to think about how you can implement some of these same ideas into your own classroom.  Hope to see you there!

Now that you have some great ideas for getting help this semester, kick back, and order this t-shirt:

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Have a great week!



Upcoming conferences, peer observations, and more!

And we’re off and running!  Here are some upcoming faculty development opportunities, as well as some links that might be useful for the first few weeks of class.

Here are three upcoming conferences that might be of interest to Normandale faculty:

Robert Frame, Faculty in History, is once again organizing informal peer observations among Normandale faculty.  This is not an evaluative process, but rather the opportunity to learn from watching what colleagues do in the classroom.  If interested, please sign up in the next day or two using this form. Continue reading

D2L Brightspace help in the PDC

Looking for more ways to engage with students in D2L?  Need help with a specific tool?  We’re here to help.  Come on over for help with your D2L questions – you can also get help with Office 365, MediaSpace, or Turnitin.

Here are 3 great ways to request help:

  1. Visit Kathleen Coate (Faculty member and D2L Trainer) in the Professional Development Center (L1735) during drop-in hours, or make an appointment.

    Drop-in hours (appointments not required but recommended):
    Monday: 1:30-3pm
    Tuesday: 11am-4pm
    Thursday: 9am-2pm
    Friday: 9am-1pm

    By appointment only:
    Tuesday: 4-6pm
    Wednesday: 4-6pm

  2. Call the ITS Helpdesk at 952-358-8181
  3. Submit a Ticket to ITS through the AskUs-Employee Edition

“Let love be the torch that guides you”

Happy first day of classes!

As we think about how to create an atmosphere of welcome and inclusivity in our classrooms, this letter, written by Carlos Polanco and other students from the Darthmouth class of 2021 to the incoming students at the University of Virginia, encourages all of us–students and faculty alike–to “stand for, with, and by love” and to “let love be the torch that guides [us]”.

fcc782-goodtimeforthetruthThere are some ways that we strive toward that here on our campus, starting with this afternoon’s first CTL Hour–“A Good Time for the Truth.”  In this session, five instructors from various disciplines will discuss how they have incorporated A Good Time for the Truth into their courses, and how you can, too. In this provocative book, sixteen authors provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota, and what steps need to be taken to close the opportunity gaps they face.

Please join us today, Monday, August 21st, from 3-4 pm in Room A2552 for this exciting session!

Other thoughts about getting the semester off to a good start:

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