Faculty Resource Bulletin

Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:

  • Start Planning Now to Redesign Your Fall Assessments
  • Apply for MN REFLECT and Research Effective Pedagogical Practices
  • Summer Events and Development Opportunities
    • Campus
    • Minnesota State
    • National and Vendor-Sponsored

Start Planning Now to Redesign Your Fall Assessments

This is a great piece from the System Office’s Educational Development Digest on making smart decisions about course assessment as you design or revise future courses. You’ll find this guide helpful whether you are getting an early start on your fall courses or are still making some decisions about your summer courses. Read more here.


Apply for MN REFLECT and Research Effective Pedagogical Practices

Minnesota State REFLECT scholars will be supported as they develop, implement, and present research results at a conference or in a journal. Research studies should focus on pedagogical practices that enhance the teaching and student experience.

Applications due June 6! Learn more and access application materials here.


Summer Events and Development Opportunities

On Campus

Faculty Teaching Online Group

We are excited to be continuing this group at DCTC all summer! If you are experiencing some success in this environment and would like to share with your colleagues, these sessions are for you. If you are struggling and need to draw upon on the wisdom of your peers, these sessions are also for you. Or if you’re anywhere in between, again – these sessions are for you.

These sessions will run without agendas. We’ll simply talk about whatever faculty bring to the meetings. Several members of the Faculty Development Committee will participate on a rotating basis. Join us any or every Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm. Registration is not required. Come as often or as infrequently as you need. See the Zoom invitation from Martin Springborg in your campus email to join.


Summer Course Design Institute

June 8-26, 2020

Arranged: synchronous and asynchronous

Online via D2L and Zoom


This 3-week online teaching institute draws upon the book Designing Effective Teaching and Significant Learning to assist faculty who are creating a new course, improving a current course, or modifying a course to deliver it online.

Expert facilitators will lead participants through the elements of course design utilizing Zoom for synchronous sessions and D2L Brightspace for course content and asynchronous discussions. Online pedagogy will be emphasized to help faculty build effective online courses and provide significant learning for students.


Brightspace and Beyond Week

August 10-14, 2020

Arranged: synchronous and asynchronous

Online via D2L and Zoom

Registration coming soon!

Our next “Brightspace and Beyond” training will be spread over a full week! We are planning deeper learning experiences for participants who are at all experience levels. The agenda for this workshop week will feature D2L Brightspace basic functions and advanced tools; Teams and the entire suite of O365 tools; MediaSpace and Kaltura Capture; Zoom and more! Participants will be able to register for only those sessions that fit their need and experience level. Save the dates and look for more details soon!


Individual Consultations

CTL staff are always available for individual consultation by appointment. These help sessions are always confidential, and are a great way for faculty to learn and get assistance on their own schedule. Contact us from the Faculty Resources sites at either DCTC or IHCC.


From Minnesota State

Summer 2020 Long and Short Course Opportunities

Summer 2020 long and short course opportunities are now available to view on the NED Events Calendar or View the opportunities on this flyer.

Short and Long Course FAQ:

  • Registration will be open May 25, 2020
  • Registration will close one week before each course starts
  • Limit of 30 participants per course
  • All opportunities are FREE
  • StarID required for long and short courses

Visit to find resources for faculty who are moving their courses online.

Also see resources on the NED Resource Site focused on course design, assessment, and instructional strategies.

In addition, our System Educational Innovations Office maintains a page of resources for students at


Recordings for most webinars can be accessed from the Minnesota State D2L Support SharePoint site. Use your credentials to login. Contact Martin Springborg if you can’t find a recording you’re looking for.

National and Vendor-Sponsored

QM Research Webinar

Digital Accessibility: Benchmarking QM Institutional Policies and Practices in 2020

Tuesday, June 9, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Over the past decade, there has been an increased focus on digital accessibility in higher education. So where do things stand today? And what practices and policies do institutions have in place? To find out, a benchmarking study was administered to over 200 QM Coordinators in November 2019. During this free webinar, preliminary findings will be shared, including:

  • Institutional practices and policies
  • Roles and responsibilities for ensuring compliance
  • Captioning tools and practices
  • Budgeting
  • Professional development needs


Whether you’re a new user or need a refresh, join our training sessions to learn how to get started with Feedback Studio and Originality Check Plus, or how to enable remote learning and assessment with Gradescope. We have expanded our training calendar to provide recurring training throughout the rest of the academic year.

More information and registration at

D2L Fusion Conference

For the safety and well-being of our guests, we’ve determined that it is necessary to move Fusion 2020 entirely online with an all-new virtual experience that will launch this summer. While we can’t all be together in person this year, we’re fully committed to bringing you the absolute best Fusion experience possible.

The virtual Fusion program includes sessions of interest to K-12, higher education, and corporate learning audiences, and will take place three consecutive days each month (July-December) from noon–3:45pm ET (9am–12:45pm PT) each day.

See the full schedule at

Register at


The Faculty Resource Bulletin is one of many steps we’re taking to improve communication about local and statewide faculty professional development information and opportunities. Please visit our Faculty Resources sites (see links in the header of this blog) for more information and resources to support teaching and learning!

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