Faculty Resource Bulletin

Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:

  • From Your Colleagues: Sample Course Video
  • AD Day/In-service Follow Up: Equitable Student Engagement in Zoom Synchronous Classes
  • Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor
  • CTL Teaching Consultations
  • More Summer Events and Development Opportunities

From Your Colleagues

All faculty have needed to make major adjustments as they’ve moved courses online. While we’ve tried to showcase faculty work in recent AD Day and In-service sessions, there are simply too many examples to share.

In moving his courses online, Jake Marthaler, Electrical Lineworker Instructor at DCTC, recently created this instructional video. It’s an excellent example of the kind of work faculty are doing at both DCTC and IHCC.


Equitable Student Engagement in Zoom Synchronous Classes

Our Academic Development/In-service Days included some rich topics, such as Academic Dishonesty in the Digital Age (see Respondus information below) and Equitable Student Engagement in Zoom Synchronous Classes. To follow up on the latter, and after a significant amount of local/campus crowdsourcing of recommendations for best practices, here are several suggestions for how to run your Zoom sessions in a more equitable manner:

In addition, see these helpful resources provided by faculty:


Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

As you know from announcements made during Academic Development/In-service Days, Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor are the tools we are using to proctor exams online this academic year. Respondus offers many online training resources for faculty and students. These resources include webinars, training videos, and resources such as downloadable start-up guides. Access these resources at:

Please contact Martin Springborg with any questions about these products, or for individual assistance.

CTL Teaching Consultations

Thanks for your continued patience as we transition to new staff in the Center for Teaching and Learning. Good things are on the way – including a new website with new resources! In the meantime, we continue to offer teaching consultations designed to meet the needs of faculty members who prefer to work one-on-one with staff. Whether you need just-in-time training or advice in the application of a specific teaching tool, or are planning for next semester or next year, our staff are available to offer support.

Examples of topics addressed through consultation services include, but are not limited to:

  • Course design
  • Academic technology, including D2L Brightspace
  • Implementing a change in your course(s)
  • Applying student or other formative feedback to course redesign

For staff information and scheduling, visit Teaching Consultations pages at Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College.

More Summer Events and Development Opportunities

Additional Campus Programs and Services


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.


From Minnesota State

Upcoming Webinars

September 10:

What’s a Humanized Online Course? Option 1 (Webinar)


September 14:

Improving Student-to-Content Interaction – Option 1 (3 week short course)

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: A Learning Community

What Should We Do To Ensure Equal Justice and Fair Treatment in Our Communities? 1 (Text Forum)

Deliberative Forum: How Do We Fix America’s Troubled Election System? 1 (Text and Video Forum)

What’s New in 20.20.09? (Webinar)


September 15:

Five Ways to Humanize Your Online Course (Webinar)

Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus: How Do We Foster the Campus Community We Want? 1 (Text Forum)

Conversations with Colleagues – September

Drop-In Session – Academic Continuity

What Should We Do To Ensure Equal Justice and Fair Treatment in Our Communities? 2 (Text Forum)

Koffee with Karen: OER Community Conversations – September


September 16:

Annotations in Assignment Submissions (Webinar)

Open Education Network Webinar

What Should We Do To Ensure Equal Justice and Fair Treatment in Our Communities? 3 (Text and Video Forum)

Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus: How Do We Foster the Campus Community We Want? 2 (Text Forum)


September 17:

Drop-In Session – Academic Continuity

Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus: How Do We Foster the Campus Community We Want? 3 (Text and Video Forum)

Zoom: Securing Your Digital Learning Environment – Option 1 (Webinar)

Deliberative Forum: How Do We Fix America’s Troubled Election System? 2 (Text Forum)


September 18:

OER Discovery and Introduction to Advocacy

Deliberative Forum: How Do We Fix America’s Troubled Election System? 3 (Text Forum)

What Should We Do To Ensure Equal Justice and Fair Treatment in Our Communities? 4 (Text Forum)


September 21:

Applying the QM Rubric – Option 1 (2 week short course)

Humanizing Your Online Course (3 week short course)

Quick Eval Tool (Webinar)


September 22:

Drop-In Session – Academic Continuity


September 23:

Using HTML Templates in D2L (Webinar)

OER FAQ: September

Designing Your Course for Student Learning: Learning Objectives Deep Dive – Option 1 (Webinar)


September 24:

Drop-In Session – Academic Continuity

Zoom: Creating Inviting Learning Spaces – Option 1 (Webinar)


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 their 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.

National and Vendor-Sponsored

Respondus Introduction to Online Proctoring Webinar

Thursday, Sept 10

12:00 PM


LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor are used at over 1,500 institutions to prevent cheating during online exams. Join this free, 30-minute webinar to learn how universities around the world use these applications to proctor tens of millions of exams annually.

The session will include a brief overview of LockDown Browser (a custom browser that locks down a computer during online exams) and Respondus Monitor (a fully-automated proctoring system). Keys to success will be covered, including training resources for instructors, 24/7 live chat support for students, and how to approach privacy concerns. We’ll also discuss security, scalability, and pricing options. There will be time available at the end for Q&A.

Quality Matters

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

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