Week 14 Teaching Tips

Hello Faculty,

It is week 14, and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  We can’t see much light in the sky today, but at least it is not snow!

We have two more faculty-development days this semester.
  Friday, May 16th will be scheduled (see below and previous emails), and Monday, May 19th is a grading day.  Please consider sharing some of the great work you are doing by proposing a concurrent session for 1:15-2:30 on Friday, May 16th.  Proposals are due by May 1st.  If you would like to propose a session, please fill out this form.

To help students plan for the rest of the semester, you could have your students do a quick writing assignment in class (1-5 minutes).  You could ask them questions such as

  • what they hope to accomplish yet this semester
  • what grade they are currently earning, if they are satisfied with it and/or how they plan to work towards improving it
  • what barriers they have to studying for finals or completing final papers/assignments and/or which strategies they plan to use to overcome these barriers, study, and/or complete papers/assignments.

Not using D2L in your classes or want to use more D2L tools?  If you do nothing else, (1) post your syllabus on the Communications/News page with a note about how you will or won’t be using D2L and (2) use the Assessments/Grades so students can track their progress.  Contact our CTL eLearning Consultant, Jennifer Malarski, or the Digital Resource Lab (DRL@minneapolis.edu) to get you started or move you along.  This could help you this semester as you finish up your grading, or you could learn these tools for summer or fall terms.

What do the best college teachers do?

For the rest of the semester, we will explore the course design decisions in Ken Bain’s book “What the Best College Teachers Do.”  (Previous Teaching Tips emails explored interactions with students and instructor attitudes/perspectives.

(2) Use 1st day of course in special ways. As you look toward summer/fall term, think of new ways to engage students and create community and inclusive classes from day one.  This will help as you try to include activities as the class moves forward.  At the start of each semester, we send out articles with many examples of first-day activities.  These are on our web page, we have copies in the CTL, or we could email copies to you.  We would also be happy to discuss ideas with you.
Looking for additional faculty-development opportunities?

  • April 28 – see email about Free Inside Higher Ed Webinar: The Completion Agenda
  • Talk to your Coordinator about using faculty-development funds and how these are distributed to all faculty in your Program/Division/Department.  You can also submit for end-of-year pool funds.

Previous listings

  • April 25.  Quality Matters “Improve Your Online Course” 4-hour workshop.  East Grand Forks. https://secure.mnsu.edu/eventsconferences/?department=QualityMatters
  • May 28, Sept. 23, and Oct. 15Food, Justice and Health Equity: A Healthy Food, Healthy Farms Webinar Series.  Free webinars from the American Public Health Association, National Public Health Week, and Healthy Food Healthy Action. MORE
  • July 14-16.  Nashville.  D2L FUSION conference.  Early bird rate ends April 30.   All MnSCU attendees can register at the group rate.  If you also attended the D2L Ignite conference, use discount code Ignite50 to receive a $50 reduction on registration.  (Not available to presenters or steering committee who already receive a deep discount).  https://fusion.desire2learn.com/fusion/
  • June 16-17 – Austin, MN.  A cross-discipline conference focused on increasing civic learning in STEM courses.  If you would like to go, contact the CTL as we are trying to put together a team for this inexpensive conference.  For more information: http://www.riverland.edu/sencer/
  • July 8-9.  Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop.  Denver.  http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2014/blended/welcome
  • September 28-29 – St. Cloud State University.  Realizing the Civic Mission of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.  This summit co-sponsored by Minnesota Campus Compact, AASCU’s American Democracy Project, and The Democracy Commitment will be open to individuals or teams from any interested campus in Minnesota. A planning committee has begun developing the agenda, and an invitation with more information will be sent soon to presidents, provosts, and civic engagement contacts most likely to consider participating. hear from national and local leaders, including George Mehaffy, Vice President for Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. With any questions or to express interest in participating and/or presenting a session, please contact Julie Plaut.
  • October 16–18 – Downtown Minneapolis.  Global Learning in College: Cross-Cutting Capacities for 21st-Century College Students.  A Network for Academic Renewal Conference.  Proposals Due Tuesday, April 22.  For more information: http://www.aacu.org/meetings/global/14/index.cfm
  • October 16-18Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning.  Denver.  May 1 = proposal deadline.  http://www.isetl.org/conference/
  • October 29-31Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning.  Walt Disney World, Florida.  May 5 = proposal deadline.  http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2014/aln/welcome


May 16th Schedule

All-faculty Session 8:30-10:45
Employee Appreciation 11-12
Lunch 12-1
Concurrent Sessions 1:15-2:30
PDD Meetings 2:45-
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