Faculty Resource Bulletin

Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:

  • Teaching Tip(s): A Dozen-Plus Ways You Can Foster Educational Equity
  • Brightspace and Beyond Week August 10-14
  • CTE Works! Summit Call for Proposals (DUE Friday, JULY 3)
  • More Summer Events and Development Opportunities
    • Campus
    • Minnesota State
    • National and Vendor-Sponsored

Teaching Tip(s):

A Dozen-Plus Ways You Can Foster Educational Equity

In today’s issue of Inside Higher Education Viji Sathy, Kelly A. Hogan and Calvin M. Sims detail ways for non-Black faculty members can help dismantle educational inequities. Their suggestions are many, and include the following for starters:

  • Recognize trauma and make students feel safe.
  • Acknowledge and interrupt microaggressions in your classroom.
  • Create a sense of belonging for your students.
  • Use inclusive teaching and grading practices.
  • Develop empathy and self-awareness.
  • Get to know students holistically.
  • Be open to writing letters of recommendation.
  • Find ways to recruit, admit and hire more faculty and students of color.

Read the article here:

Brightspace and Beyond Week

August 10-14

Arranged: synchronous and asynchronous

Online via D2L and Zoom


This week-long workshop is designed for all faculty. Whether you have been teaching online for several semesters or will be for the first time this year, this hands-on workshop will be of benefit to you. Facilitators will focus on beginning tools and recent updates made to D2L Brightspace, as well as other academic technology such as: Teams and the entire suite of O365 tools; MediaSpace and Kaltura Capture; and Zoom.

Each day consists of two hours of instruction followed by one hour of guided work/application time. Supplementary materials will be available in D2L. Join us online (Zoom invitation will come following registration).


Monday: Brightspace I (Announcements; Content and Content Templates; Discussions)

Tuesday: Brightspace II (Quizzes, Gradebook, Assignments, Course Templates)

Wednesday: Zoom and MediaSpace

Thursday: Brightspace III (Groups, Rubrics, Checklists, Intelligent Agents)

Friday: Teams and Microsoft O365 Tools

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Describe the key elements of a well-designed online course (consistency, logical organization, clarity of expectations, and accessibility).
  • Demonstrate the use of best practices in the design of their online courses.
  • Describe the relationship of student learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessments in a well-designed online course.
  • Use D2L tools and components effectively and appropriately to deliver their online courses.
  • Incorporate academic technology appropriate to the design and delivery of their online courses.

Register today at!


CTE Works! Summit Call for Proposals

Proposals due: July 3, 2020

Event: November 3, 2020


This annual professional development event is jointly sponsored by Minnesota State and Minnesota Department of Education. This virtual conference allows for CTE practitioners and partner to participate in the Summit from their workplaces or homes, making the event more affordable and accessible. The Summit is designed for CTE and career pathway professionals in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, as well as colleagues across the United States.

The Call for Proposals for the virtual conference is open until July 3, 2020. A revised registration process will open soon for this innovative professional development event. Stay tuned to:

More 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.


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. Visit to find resources for moving your courses online. Also see Upcoming OER Opportunities.

Upcoming Webinars

See for a full list of upcoming webinars and other opportunities! Also see resources on the NED Resource Site focused on course design, assessment, and instructional strategies.

In addition, the Minnesota State Educational Innovations Office maintains a page of resources for students at

The Minnesota State Learning Technologies Team offers a variety of faculty resources opens in new window on the IMS opens in new window (Instructional Management System) SharePoint site, including:

Navigate to the IMS opens in new window SharePoint site (, and use as your username and your StarID password.  View the PDF for how to login instructions opens in new window.


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

Quality Matters

New workshop: Introduction to QM

This two-week facilitated workshop will help you and your team see how QM is different from other review processes. You’ll come away with a plan for how to maximize QM tools and processes for creating quality courses and programs. Participants will:


  • Explore the power of thoughtful course design
  • Gain an understanding of how research-supported design standards support student success
  • Learn how to leverage QM review tools to ensure course quality

Workshop cost: $100/member; $150/nonmember. Consult Martin Springborg for funding options.

Bridge to Quality: A QM Online Course Design Guide

If you’re looking for a way forward from Emergency Remote Instruction that is rooted in QM Standards and focused on the learning experience, this guide is just what you need. This web-based guide provides a step-by-step approach to complete the hands-on, iterative work that is central to creating a quality course. This includes:

  • Alignment of foundational course elements
  • Promoting engaged, active learning
  • Creative work and organization to develop the course within a digital learning environment (LMS)


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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