Faculty Resource Bulletin

Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:

  • Center for Teaching and Learning Fall Hours
  • OWL Cameras and Training
  • CTL Events Calendar
  • TILT Community of Practice
  • Engineering and Engineering Technology STEM Educator Workshop
  • Aligning Instructional Strategies with Zoom
  • More Events and Development Opportunities

Center for Teaching and Learning Fall Hours

Due to continuing masking and distancing requirements, the CTL is starting the semester with a reduction in on-campus services. Our current hours of operation are:

IHCC office/campus: Mondays and Wednesdays 8:00-4:30

DCTC office/campus: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00-4:30

Online: Monday-Friday 7:00-4:30

We hope to increase our on-campus services in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, please continue to book online consultation time using our Bookings page. Thank you!

OWL Cameras and Training

An OWL camera gives a 360-degree view of a space, and tracks the person who is speaking. These features make OWL cameras ideal for instructional spaces. If you need assistance with this camera for classes running on campus this semester or want to practice with an OWL camera for use in future semesters, please contact Martin Springborg and arrange a time to meet on campus for a training session. See the main page of the Faculty Resources site for more information on OWL cameras.

CTL Events Calendar

Our events calendar is updates for fall semester! Visit and subscribe to our online calendar to see information and get updates on all our fall trainings on D2L and academic technology, as well as CTL Open Lab and DCTC Faculty Teaching Online times.

Upcoming training sessions include:

September 8: D2L Brightspace Gradebook

September 13: D2L Brightspace Rubrics

September 15: Flipgrid

TILT Community of Practice

This community of practice, on Transparency in Learning and Teaching, is in its third year at both DCTC and IHCC. Faculty who have redesigned assignments in the TILT framework, and with input from their colleagues in this community, report positive impacts on student success in their courses.

In this collaborative community, you’ll meet with fellow faculty to discuss the book Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership, review the findings and educational research behind the concept of transparent teaching and learning, and apply transparent design to your teaching practice.

Faculty participants in this Community of Practice (limited to 10 per semester) will receive a copy of Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership. Meetings will begin in late September, take place approximately every three weeks, and will be arranged by participant consensus. Contact Martin Springborg to sign up for this community of practice.

TILT not your thing? Visit the Faculty Resources site for information on other communities of practice, including:

  • Faculty Teaching Online
  • Community-Based Learning
  • Prison/Correctional Education

Engineering and Engineering Technology STEM Educator Workshop


September 23

The Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence and Normandale Community College faculty are proud to provide strategies for teaching technology through telepresence for STEM workforce preparation. This professional development opportunity covers pedagogically supported foundations for teaching engineering and technology-related techniques. These skills will help Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educators with student retention and success and increase the workforce in STEM careers.

This workshop is an opportunity for STEM educators to improve their teaching abilities through hands-on practice and seminars addressing topics such as:

  • Principles of Effective Teaching and Learning
  • Learning Styles
  • Communication Skills
  • Learning Objectives
  • Class and Course Organization
  • Teaching with Technology
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques

Learn more and Register Now! (RSVP is requested by September 21.)

Aligning Instructional Strategies with Zoom


September 7-26
You may have used Zoom as the quickest way to record a lecture or try to replicate a synchronous discussion. Now is the time to reflect and identify the instructional objective first and consider the best tool for the job. By the end of this three–week course you will be able to identify and apply instructional strategies that utilize Zoom tools to enhance your course and student learning. You will be provided with Zoom tools and corresponding effective practice instructional strategies – when and why you might select these practices.

Register – 30 participant limit


More Events and Development Opportunities

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 (opens in new window) on their SharePoint site. Navigate to the IMS opens in new window SharePoint site (, and use as your username and your StarID password.

National and Vendor-Sponsored

VoiceThread Workshops

Upcoming workshop: Using VoiceThread in D2L/Brightspace

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.

Access VoiceThread’s full workshop archive.

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

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



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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