Faculty Resource Bulletin

Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:

  • Course Design Institute: June 6-23
  • Course Design Resources
  • CTL Open Labs and Consultations
  • Digital Learning Labs
  • Call for Proposals: MnLC Learning and Technology Summit
  • Career and Technical Education: The Heart of Minnesota’s Workforce Open Education Conference Call for Proposals
  • Minnesota State Summer Educational Development
  • CTL Resources for Students

Other Opportunities:

Course Design Institute

June 6-23


We’re in the final week of the Third Annual IHCC/DCTC Annual Course Design Institute and there is still time to join a session! This is an amazing learning opportunity for faculty at both colleges. This year’s program features faculty sharing their own courses, talking about what they have learned while teaching online (synchronously, asynchronously, hybrid, and hyflex), and what online elements they plan to keep in place as they transition back to instruction on campus. The Institute is being delivered in a flexible format again this year, giving participants the option of joining synchronously, asynchronously, or accessing a full archive of the Institute and materials after it ends on June 23.

Schedule and registration

The Institute is being delivered in a flexible format again this year. Faculty can participate synchronously, asynchronously, or access a full archive of the Institute and materials after June 23. All registrants will receive access to the D2L course shell housing this year’s Course Design Institute, where they will be able to access synchronous sessions and participate in real time. Each session includes a Q&A component and the CDI will provide other opportunities for faculty participants to engage with their colleagues as well as with session content.

Course Design Resources

The Faculty Resources site contains a collection of resources to assist faculty with the design of online courses. Our Course Design page has instructions for accessing the Course Design Template and archives of past Course Design Institutes. The 2021 Course Design Institute, for example, was focused on Universal Design for Learning and contains many helpful guides for faculty. You’ll also find a link to the checklist to use prior to starting a new semester.

Upcoming CTL Open Labs and Consultations

CTL Open Lab sessions and consultations are available all summer to provide just-in-time assistance to faculty. Participate in our Open Lab any Tuesday between 12:30 and 1:30 and schedule a consultation with CTL staff for a time that fits your schedule:

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.

Call for Proposals: MnLC Learning and Technology Summit

The Minnesota Learning Commons (MnLC) invites educators who are willing to share their expertise, thoughts, and ideas to submit a proposal to present at the 2022 Minnesota Learning Commons Learning and Technology Summit. The Summit’s theme of “Flexible Life-Long Learning in Our Digital Era” focuses on aspects of life-long learning in a digital space and time.

Submit a Proposal

Persons interested in submitting a proposal to present may complete the online form no later than Wednesday, June 22.

Career and Technical Education: The Heart of Minnesota’s Workforce

November 1

Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria

The 2022 theme emphasizes the importance of CTE to Minnesota’s workforce. CTE is at the heart because it teaches the skills that give students opportunities for in-demand careers critical to our state. The students developing these workplace skills now will be the foundation of Minnesota’s workforce tomorrow. Teachers, staff members, coordinators, and workforce partners in our state play a vital role in CTE. Thus, the 2022 Summit prioritizes leadership, professional development, and health and well-being because a healthy workforce is good for everyone.

Visit the Summit website for complete conference details at Deadline to submit a proposal: July 29, 2022

This annual Summit is planned by committee members comprised of educators from Minnesota State, Minnesota Department of Education, and Perkins Consortium Leaders in partnership with Alexandria Technical College. It has continued to grow over the years into the premier conference connecting the career and technical education community in the Upper Midwest. Participants and presenters alike come from high school, colleges and universities, workforce, local business and industry partners, and our local communities to convene once a year to share best practices in their field, network, and continue their professional development.

Teaching Social Action Summer ‘22 Institute

June 28-30


The Bonner Foundation is pleased to announce that they are hosting a virtual Teaching Social Action Summer ‘22 Institute on June 28-30. This three-day institute will introduce faculty and staff to an approach for incorporating social action campaigns into either a semester-long course or co-curricular workshop series. In this transformative experiential learning model, students develop and launch a social action campaign of their choosing during the semester the course is taught. The student campaigns seek to change a rule, regulation, norm, or practice of an institution, whether on campus or in the community.

Details and registration.

Minnesota State Summer Educational Development

The Network for Educational Development (NED) is offering programming throughout the summer. See their 2022 Summer Flyer for course and other program information.

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.

CTL Resources for Students


Services for Faculty:

Options for you to book and use yourself!

Services for Students:

Options to recommend to students!  

·         Course Review – Student PerspectiveThis service is available to faculty who want their course reviewed from a student perspective. After booking, you’ll meet with a member of the CTL team about your course. They will then view the course as a student and compile feedback and suggestions designed to increase student success in the course. Please allow at least one week for feedback to be compiled.

·         Class VisitsThis service is available to faculty members who want a member of the CTL to come to their class and engage students in their academic technology. Potential topics could include using Outlook Email, navigating D2L, using and downloading O365 to student devices, or simply an introduction and explanation of technology supports on campus for students. This booking is available for both in-person and virtual meetings. Please specify the location, desired topic, and any other important details in the description of this form.

·         Starfish Referrals: Do you have students who are struggling with their academic technology? Advisors, Coaches, and Instructors can now make a “Learning Technology Support” referral in Starfish. After making the referral, students will get an email encouraging them to set up an appointment, and members of the CTL team will get a flag to reach out to the student to offer guidance and support on the technology need.

·         Tutorials available 24/7 on the CTL Student Resources Website: Tutorials (both written and video) are available on topics including D2L, Outlook and Office 365, Zoom, and other academic technologies.

·         Available for One-on-One Appointments on Starfish: Students can book appointments through Starfish using this link.

·         Open Lab Hours at both DCTC and Inver Hills: Available throughout the semester, both for appointments and walk-in questions. Please refer to the linked page for the most up-to-date times, dates, and locations for Open Lab Hours.

·         In-Person and Virtual Programs: Running throughout the semester at both campuses. Topics can include An Introduction to Student’s Digital Tools on CampusOnline Learning Tips and TricksD2L Navigation Help, and more. Please see the follow two pages for the most up-to-date event information.

·         DCTC’s Events

·         Inver Hills Events


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 of upcoming 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.

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.


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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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