Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:
- Faculty Resources for Equity by Design
- Calendar of Events Related to the Derek Chauvin Trial and Social Justice Initiatives
- Brightspace and Beyond Training Camp
- MinnState Immersive Learning Project
- Teach Together Minnesota!
- More Events and Development Opportunities
- Minnesota State highlight: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy at Minneapolis College: An Intensive, Cohort Training (Innovation Expo)
- National and Vendor-Sponsored highlight: Online Learning Consortium resources
Faculty Resources for Equity by Design
We are pleased to announce our new page of resources for faculty and in support of Equity by Design initiatives at both Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College. This resource will grow as our colleges continue to engage in this work. Today, you’ll find information about the following campus and system resources:
- DCTC’s Equity Minded Teaching and Learning Community
- IHCC’s Diverse Perspectives Pedagogy Faculty Seminar (archived)
- Equity and Inclusion Free Virtual Training Series
- Minnesota State Office of Equity and Inclusion programs and upcoming educational development events
You will also find information about national, free, and open resources, such as:
- Peralta Community College District’s upcoming Peralta Equity Conference
- Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom, an open access course created by faculty and staff at Cornell University
We hope that you look to this new resource as you continue your work in this area, and as you embrace new challenges in future semesters. View the resource here and please contact Martin Springborg with suggestions.
Calendar of Events Related to the Derek Chauvin Trial and Social Justice Initiatives
Many of these scheduled activities may include talking points, media/video, and discussion around topics such as racism and racial slurs, sexism, misogyny, classism, physical violence, and identity-based discrimination and harassment. The Office of Equity & Inclusion acknowledges that this content may be difficult. We also encourage you to care for your safety and well-being. See the full schedule of events in Faculty Resources for Equity by Design.
March 23rd at 2:00pm-3:00pm
See 3/19 Faculty Resource Bulletin for Zoom link and meeting passcode
Cultural Dialogue – “Microaggressions”
Join Inver Hills SSS/TRIO Programs in a Cultural Dialogue. Has anyone ever said something to you, and it really made you feel less than? Making verbal assumptions, and biases towards a marginalized group of people can be considered a microaggression. Join us in discussing microaggressions and share or listen to others’ experiences.
For more information contact: Catima Wilson email@example.com
March 24th from 12:00pm-1:30pm
See 3/19 Faculty Resource Bulletin for Zoom link and meeting passcode
Navigating the Pandemic, Anti-Asian hate crimes, BLM, and the George Floyd murder while being Hmong in the Minnesota. Presented by Tou Ger Xiong
This virtual presentation will help participants to understand the Hmong America narrative and how it fits into the larger conversations about race relations in America. What lessons can we take from 2020 as we move toward healing and reconciliation? How can other students and staff on campus be an ally to the Hmong American experience? As an entertainer and activist, Tou Ger engage the audience into a serious yet light-hearted conversation about these topics. For more information contact: Shoua Madland firstname.lastname@example.org
Brightspace and Beyond Training Camp
Online via Zoom (invitation sent to all registrants)
May 24-26, 2021
This three half-day workshop is designed for all faculty. Whether you have been teaching online for several semesters or are new to teaching online, this hands-on workshop will be of benefit to you. Facilitators will focus on D2L tools and recent updates, as well as other academic technology that can be used to augment online courses.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- Describe the key elements of a well-designed online or hybrid course (consistency, logical organization, clarity of expectations, and accessibility).
- Utilize D2L tools and components effectively and appropriately to deliver online and hybrid courses.
- Integrate Zoom, Microsoft O365, and other academic technology into the design of their online courses.
MinnState Immersive Learning Project
The MinnState Immersive Project was launched in 2020 to bring immersive learning workshops to Minnesota State Colleges & Universities‘ faculty and staff. They have created content that they believe is current and most relevant to the use of these technologies in higher education. Minnesota State faculty and staff can enroll in free of charge at https://www.immersivelearningproject.org.
February 1-April 2 & May 31-July 15
WeTeach is an interactive, collaborative course intended for instructors who teach online or blended courses. Instructors will become an online student in the course to develop their own online teaching and design skills. WeTeach is for instructors looking to expand their skills, explore new ways to engage students and use technology more effectively, and is great for instructors who are new to online teaching. Quality Matters standards, technology tools, D2L training, best practices, and research will be integrated throughout all modules.
Course Format: This eight-week course consists of eight online modules with 1-hour weekly virtual meetings. Expect to spend up to four to seven additional hours per week reviewing lectures/readings and completing assignments to strengthen your online teaching and design skills. You will also start to develop components for your own online/blended course.
More information and registration at https://www.winona.edu/adult-learners/ce-training/weteach.asp.
Funding for up to 10 faculty is being provided through the Title III grant. Interested faculty should contact Monica Ibarra prior to registration.
Teach Together Minnesota!
May 18, 2021, 9:00-3:45
Teach Together Minnesota! is a day-long virtual event that will focus on culturally responsive online teaching and learning, and will provide opportunities to:
- Join breakout sessions based on discipline. Each discipline community will be able to share and receive files, keep a collective notebook, and use a chat feature for immediate and ongoing communication among attendees.
- Hear student voices during a student panel session over the lunch hour.
- Join lightning sessions and webinars about innovating through COVID with an equity lens.
More information and registration at https://asanewsletter.org/event/teach-together-mn-2021.
More Events and Development Opportunities
Additional Campus Programs and Services
Faculty Teaching Online Group
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.
CTL Open Lab
The agenda for CTL’s Open Lab, scheduled from 12:00-1:00 every Tuesday, is always open. Bring any topic related to teaching online – whether it is a question, a success, or even a failure. CTL staff and your faculty colleagues are here to help and share. See the Zoom invitation from Martin Springborg in your campus email to join.
CTL Teaching Consultations
The Center for Teaching and Learning continues 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
- Preparation for course review
For staff information and scheduling, visit Teaching Consultations page and use the Bookings feature to arrange a consultation time.
Visit and subscribe to updates from the CTL Events Calendar to view all professional development opportunities mentioned in this Bulletin.
From Minnesota State
See https://asanewsletter.org/events 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 www.asanewsletter.org/academic-continuity-students.
The Minnesota State Learning Technologies Team offers a variety of faculty resources (opens in new window) on their SharePoint site, including:
- Recorded Training Webinars
- D2L Brightspace announcements
- D2L Brightspace monthly update and refresh calendars
- Reported or fixed issues
Navigate to the IMS opens in new window SharePoint site (https://mnscu.sharepoint.com/sites/IMS), and use YourStarID@minnstate.edu as your username and your StarID password. View the PDF for how to login instructions opens in new window.
National and Vendor-Sponsored
Do you have a fun idea or unique learning experience that you’ve created? We want to hear about it! We’re accepting proposals for 2021 D2L event presentations until Friday, March 19, 2021.
D2L is committed to providing various presentation opportunities to our customers. Presenting at events like D2L Fusion 2021, Affinity Networks, and D2L webinars provides you with a chance to share your story and make sure your voice is heard.
Each accepted presenter will have the opportunity to:
- Share ideas, new industry trends, pedagogical practices, or noteworthy projects
- Earn recognition as a subject matter expert
- Join peers and other speakers in leading conversations about transforming learning
Upcoming workshops include:
These workshops are completely free. The sessions are led by our instructional designer and online educator George Haines. George will share his expertise to help you get the most from VoiceThread.
Respondus Instructor Training Series
Join Respondus trainers for a free webinar and learn how to use LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor to address the integrity of final exams. Or see how Respondus 4.0 and StudyMate Campus allow you to easily create online tests, flash cards, or learning games.
Register for individual sessions here: https://web.respondus.com/webinars/
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)
Explore QM’s Free Offerings
QM offers a number of free resources to help support your quality assurance goals. Here are a few to check out:
- QM Success Stories — find out how other institutions are using QM processes and resources to meet their students’ needs
- QM IDA Membership — join this special interest group for instructional designers to engage with peers and numerous professional development opportunities
- Accessibility and Usability Resource Site — find solutions to common accessibility and usability challenges on this community-led resource site
- Elements of Quality Matters: Deliver on Your Online Promise — discover QM’s tools and resources in this one-hour, self-paced course
Online Learning Consortium
The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime. OLC inspires innovation and quality through an extensive set of resources, including best-practice publications, quality benchmarking, leading-edge instruction, community-driven conferences, practitioner-based and empirical research, and expert guidance. The growing OLC community includes faculty members, administrators, trainers, instructional designers, and other learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies, and corporate enterprises.
OLC resources are available to all Minnesota State faculty. Learn more here.
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 https://www.turnitin.com/resources/training-webinars.
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!