Faculty Resource Bulletin

Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:

  • From Your Colleagues: A Guide for Student Peer Feedback
  • Peralta Online Equity Conference Recordings
  • Teach Together Minnesota!
  • STEM Educator Workshop
  • Brightspace and Beyond Training Camp
  • Adult Learner Institute
  • DCTC and IHCC Course Design Institute
  • Creative Commons Certification Course
  • More Events and Development Opportunities

From Your Colleagues

IHCC English faculty member Ellen Lansky has adapted aspects of the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process to her courses as a model for guiding students in providing peer feedback. She recently presented on this adaptation and offers her PowerPoint slides to faculty interested in a similar use of this effective peer feedback model.

Peralta Online Equity Conference Recordings

Recordings from the 2021 Peralta Online Equity Conference are now available. You are invited to review them all via the  YouTube Playlist: 2021 Peralta Online Equity Conference recordings.

Engage: Each session description on the conference website program has a link to a specific Padlet board for asynchronous networking about the various equity topics. Please ask your questions and share your own equity strategies related to each presentation, discussion or workshop. There are also sponsor prizes for asynchronous participation!

Follow: If you use social media, connect to Peralta social accounts!




Teach Together Minnesota!


May 18, 2021, 9:00-3:30

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

STEM Educator Workshop


Thursday, May 20

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

The Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence and select Minnesota State faculty are proud to provide an engaging and interactive FREE educator preparation seminar.

A conversation and explanation to demystify 3D printing for pedagogy, workforce preparation and provide solutions for industry.

Register here!

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.

Register here!

Adult Learner Institute

Online via Zoom

May 26-27, 2021

Registration is open for the Adult Learner Institute. Here are this year’s keynote topics and speakers:

Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, Continuum College, University of Washington

Rethinking Higher Education across a 60 Year Curriculum

Wednesday, May 26, 10:00 – 11:15 CT

Student Panel

The Reality of Shift Happening

Wednesday, May 26, 2:45 – 4:00 CT

Teri Lyn Hinds, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives – Equity 2030, Minnesota State

Why Adult Learners are Essential in Meeting Our Equity 2030 Goal

Thursday, May 27, 10:00 – 10:30 CT

Donte Curtis, Owner/Lead Consultant, Catch Your Dream Consulting

Shifting from Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) to being Anti-Racist

Thursday, May 27, 2:45 – 4:00 CT

Concurrent sessions are scheduled from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Central Time each day of the Institute.

Register here! Questions, ideas?  Contact event coordinatorsVisit the ALI Website!

DCTC and IHCC Course Design Institute

The Center for Teaching and Learning’s second annual Course Design Institute is scheduled for June 8-30 and will focus on four important topics:

  1. Universal Design for Learning
  2. Humanizing Online Courses
  3. Academic Technology
  4. The D2L/Brightspace Course Design Template

These topics will be addressed in four weeks of synchronous sessions and asynchronous content, with ample opportunity for questions, collegial sharing of examples, and discussion.

This year’s CDI will begin with an engaging online workshop, “Secrets of Universal Design for Learning for Community and Technical Colleges.” Thomas Tobin, author of Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education, will discuss the principles of UDL and guide participants in applying these principles to the design of any course.

More information and registration here!

Creative Commons Certification Course

The CC Certificate is an in-depth course about CC licenses, open practices and the ethos of the Commons. The course is composed of readings, quizzes, discussions, and practical exercises to develop learners’ open skills. CC provides personalized engagement with expert facilitators and copyright lawyers in the field, and offer a 1:25 (max) ratio of facilitators to course participants. More information is available on the CC web: Creative Commons Certificate.

Creative Commons currently has Certificates for Educators and Librarians.

Educational Innovations has been sending faculty and librarians to this certification opportunity for the last three years. We will send 10 additional educators and librarians in fiscal year 2022. Currently the CC schedule is only available through December 2021. However, they will offer another opportunity in January 2022.

  • September 27 – December 05, 2021
  • January XX – March XX, 2022 (XX = to be determined days)

If you have interest in obtaining a CC certification, please complete the brief interest form. If selected, Educational Innovations will cover the expense upon successful completion of the certificate. I will send more information about the process for registering to those selected to attend.

More Events and Development Opportunities

Peer Review Rubric

Need some feedback on your online courses? Consider the peer review process, now scheduling for fall semester. Or if you aren’t ready to have others look at your course, feel free to use the Peer Review rubric as a checklist as you prepare your courses to go online. You’ll find the rubric in D2L. Search “Course Design Template” under your course list and navigate to course content.

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. For staff information and scheduling, visit Teaching Consultations page and use the Bookings feature to arrange a consultation time.

CTL Calendar

Visit and subscribe to updates from the CTL Events Calendar to view all campus professional development opportunities mentioned in this Bulletin.

From Minnesota State

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 on their SharePoint site. Navigate to the IMS SharePoint site (, and use as your username and your StarID password.

National and Vendor-Sponsored

VoiceThread Workshops

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.

Details and registration

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:

Quality Matters

QM offers a number of free resources to help support your quality assurance goals. Here are a few to check out:

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



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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