Faculty Resource Bulletin

Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:

Question of the Week: Mandating Zoom Camera Use

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether or not faculty are allowed to mandate camera use in synchronous online class sessions. The short answer is it’s still entirely up to the instructor whether or not camera use is required for participation in this delivery mode. Please see the Guidance and FAQ re Distance Learning via Zoom for more information.

As you set requirements for camera use in your classes, please consider or be sensitive to the myriad reasons why students may not be able to share their video. For example: students may have issues with technology access or access to reliable broadband internet, or it may not be possible for them to avoid attending class in an environment that is completely private. See Resources for Equity by Design, especially Equity Minded Principles for Alternative Instruction, for more information related to equitable course delivery.

CTL Events and Calendar

Our events calendar is updated 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:

  • November 15: Kaltura Video Quizzes
  • November 17: D2L Brightspace Discussions and Release Conditions
  • November 22: Microsoft OneDrive
  • November 24: D2L Brightspace Checklists

Mentoring Groups and Faculty Support

Center for Teaching and Learning staff are always committed to offering support, and are especially committed to that mission now. Here are a few ways we can help and hopefully be flexible to your schedule:

  • Mentoring Groups are comprised of a novice and two or more faculty experts who have agreed to serve as mentors on a specific topic. We will be continuing mentoring groups this year, especially for faculty who need assistance with academic technology or teaching online, hybrid, or HyFlex courses. Mentoring groups are organized through the CTL and participants receive a modest stipend. Contact Martin Springborg via email if you are interested in participating or learning more.
  • CTL Open Lab sessions are open to DCTC and IHCC faculty. These sessions run without agendas; we simply talk about whatever topics you bring. Join us from 12:30-1:30 pm any Tuesday. Come as often or as infrequently as you need.
  • Consultations are designed to meet the needs of faculty who prefer to work one-on-one with CTL 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. Visit the CTL Bookings page to schedule time with any of our staff.
  • You can always reach CTL staff (Martin Springborg, Jamie Lewis, and Chad Anderson) via Teams. We usually respond to Teams messages within minutes.

I hope to connect with you in one of the above ways very soon. Have a great day, and remember to take care of yourself.

Minnesota State Spring Educational Development

The Network for Educational Development (NED) is pleased to offer a series of short courses and faculty learning communities on the NED events calendar for the spring 2022 term.

These opportunities are designed by Minnesota State faculty and staff for Minnesota State faculty and staff and help build awareness, develop knowledge, skills, and abilities, and provide space for reflecting and revising.

Review and register for spring 2022 opportunities to plan your educational development for spring. Registration for each course will close the Friday before the course start date. Space is limited! 

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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