Faculty Resource Bulletin

Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:

  • Faculty Success Story: Matt Boudinot
  • NEW: CTL Student Resources Site
  • Digital Learning Labs
  • Upcoming CTL Trainings and Events Calendar
  • Minnesota State REFLECT SoTL Learning Community
  • Minnesota State Spring Educational Development

Other Opportunities:

Faculty Success Story: Matt Boudinot

Matt Boudinot is a faculty member in DCTC’s automotive program. He’s been using tools like Kahoot, Flipgrid, and a 360-degree camera to keep students engaged – and it’s working. Read Matt’s success story here.

NEW: CTL Student Resources Site

The CTL Student Resources Website ( provides tutorials and instructional information for students on the functions of their academic technology. Student can navigate through the menus at the top of the screen, or use the search bar to find pages and informational articles about using D2L, Zoom, Microsoft Products, and other academic tech. The “appointments” page also includes information about our Open Lab hours in our Digital Learning Lab, and links to booking one-on-one appointments with Maggie Laurel, the Learning Technology Support Specialist.

Please share this new resource with your students!

Digital Learning Labs

Did you know you can book time in the Digital Learning Lab? Reserve the Digital Learning Lab in Outlook by making a new meeting and inviting either or to that meeting. Add Jamie Lewis (IHCC), Chad Anderson (DCTC), or Martin Springborg (either college) to the meeting invitation if you would like a CTL staff member to assist you. CTL staff will receive the meeting invitation and accept the room reservation. Read more about Digital Learning Labs here.

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 30: D2L Brightspace HTML Templates
  • April 4: Kaltura Video Quizzes
  • April 6: D2L Brightspace Intelligent Agents
  • April 11: Microsoft OneDrive

Minnesota State REFLECT SoTL Learning Community

Minnesota State is seeking members for a two-year cohort within the Minnesota State REFLECT project (2022 – 2024). The project brings together faculty from across disciplines, institutions, and experience to participate in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) faculty learning community.

Minnesota State REFLECT scholars will be supported as they develop, implement, and present research results at a conference or in a journal. Research studies should focus on pedagogical practices that enhance the teaching and student experience.

Members should expect to meet virtually (with possible face-to-face meetings in the future) 24 hours per year, and each faculty will receive a 1 RCE per year (2 RCE total) and $1,500 for conference attendance each of the two years ($3,000 total) from their institution. All faculty who are interested in improving the teaching and learning experience are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Apply here (April 25 deadline)

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.

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VoiceThread Workshops

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:

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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.


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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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