Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:
- Faculty Success Story: Carie Statz
- IHCC Peer Review Process
- DCTC Faculty Connections Teams Site
- Innovative Teaching Fellowships
- 2022 Open Educational Resources Funding
- Upcoming CTL Trainings and Events Calendar
- The 6th Annual Equity Book Group
- Minnesota State Spring Educational Development
- Minnesota State highlight: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Short Course
- Vendor highlight: Beginner Series: OER Basics
Faculty Success Story: Carie Statz
Carie is a faculty member in marketing and sales at DCTC. She recently redesigned several of her courses to meet Quality Matters standards. From Carie:
I feel the most important part of my job is to make sure that the students are job ready by the time they graduate. So to me, each of the courses has to have what I would say as a simulated real-world environment project. And some of these students that I serve already have their own businesses or they’re already working in marketing, but do not have an educational background that have taught them the strategies for how to do marketing and sales.
Read more about Carie’s course design process on the Faculty Resources site.
IHCC Peer Review Process
Peer review is an entirely optional and confidential collaboration among faculty to ensure that course designs are easily navigable, user-friendly, and align with the course goals. It’s a review by faculty, but as perceived from the student’s perspective. Our goal is to provide meaningful, actionable feedback that helps faculty improve their course in a non-judgmental way.
We still have a few open review slots available this semester and are looking for faculty who are interested in improving their course through this collegial process. Don’t be shy! We want to help! If interested, please send an email to:
- The Teaching Technology Committee at IHCC
DCTC Faculty Connections Teams Site
DCTC’s Faculty Connections Teams site is the creation of the Faculty Development Committee. It’s part of our focused effort this academic year to re-establish DCTC’s sense of community and to promote sharing of teaching ideas, tips, best practices, etc. between faculty colleagues. Please feel free to share your ideas here as often as you’d like. Members of the Faculty Development Community will be posting here regularly as well.
Innovative Teaching Fellowships
The Center for Teaching and Learning awards Innovative Teaching Fellowships to faculty who are interested in exploring the use of academic technology in their teaching practice. Fellows will work with CTL staff and colleagues on a sustained project over two semesters. They will also be able to take full advantage of our Digital Learning Lab to learn and experiment with new technology. Faculty are encouraged to apply for fellowships at the beginning of fall and spring semesters, but we will continue to accept applications year-round. Stipends of $1,000 are associated with all fellowships and are awarded upon project completion. Visit the Faculty Resources site for more information.
IHCC 2022 Open Educational Resources Funding
Earlier this year, Katie Nelson and Martin Springborg wrote a grant and secured funding from Minnesota State to further support faculty to author and curate open educational resources for use in their classes. We are happy to be supporting the following faculty and projects for implementation this fall:
- Janine Dahl, Math Faculty, to author and curate OER for use in Math 2222-01: Introduction to Differential Equations
- Laura Funke, to curate an OER for use in English 1108: Writing and Research Skills
- Michael McIlon, to author OER for use in ECON 1105: Principles of Microeconomics and ECON 1106: Principles of Macroeconomics
- Julie Nelson, to author an OER for use in English 1108: Writing and Research Skills
- Sadie Pendaz-Foster, to author an OER for use in SOC 1130: Family and Society
Upcoming CTL Trainings and CTL Events Calendar
Our events calendar is updated for spring semester! Visit and subscribe to our online calendar to see information and get updates on all our trainings on D2L and academic technology as well as CTL Open Lab and DCTC Faculty Teaching Online sessions.
Here are our scheduled January training sessions:
- March 16: OneNote
- March 21: D2L Brightspace Gradebook
- March 23: Microsoft OneDrive
- March 28: VoiceThread (requires pre-registration at https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/929605616246056193)
The 6th Annual Equity Book Group
2022 marks the 6th year Minnesota State Educational Innovations has hosted the Equity Book Group. It’s a great opportunity for Minnesota State faculty and staff to read, discuss, interact, share, and learn with a book on a topic relevant to our work. Read along with colleagues and create an action plan to help develop more equitable learning opportunities for students on our campuses and to eliminate the equity gap by 2030.
The 2022 book is The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. This year the first 150 registrants can receive a digital copy of the book at no cost!
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 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. 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.
National and Vendor-Sponsored
Access VoiceThread’s full workshop archive and schedule. 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/
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.
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!