Finals Week Teaching Tips & Faculty Development Day

Hello Faculty,

Welcome to Finals Week!

We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday!  (See the schedule below)

In preparation for Friday, please do the following

  1. Sign up for the Concurrent Session you plan to attend so that we can guage interest to adjust programming, if necessary.  Click here to complete the survey by 5 pm Tuesday.
  2. Drop off books you are willing to donate to the CTL or have borrowed from the CTL.  Please see the list near the end of this email.  We plan to distribute these on Friday for faculty to read over the summer.  Please drop them off in T2000 by noon on Wednesday.  You could also use your faculty-development funds to purchase some of these books (for yourself or to read as a program/discipline/department).
  3. If you are willing to share a student evaluation you use in your class, please reply to this email by noon on Wednesday.  These will then be used in a Concurrent Session to help draft a process to replace SIRIIs

A few end-of-term reminders/suggestions

  • Post a note on your door and/or in D2L about your finals week office hours.  It might also be helpful to communicate you last office hour for the semester.
  • Grades are due by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 21.  See the 4/30 email from Jeanne Maanum for more information.
  • See this link about college polices for incomplete grades:
  • Submit your requests for departmental or end-of year-pool faculty development funds.  Talk to your Coordinator for more information.  Looking for ideas?  See the list of books at the end of this email.
  • Many of our Coordinators will be changing at the end of this semester.  Take a minute to send an email, write a note, or verbally thank your Coordinator for all of the work they did this semester.
  • If you plan to be away for break and/or the summer, set an email autoreply and record a voicemail message.
  • The official  2013-2014 Academic Calendar  and 2013-14 Academic Calendar Notes.  For Monday-Friday classes, the last day is July 25.  The last day of Saturday classes is July 26.  The offical Academic Calendar is determined through MSCF Shared Governance and can be found on the shared drive (all, Academic Calendar).  The Academic Calendar on the MCTC web page is not as accurate as the official calendar.
  • Students are loaded into your summer session D2L shells (this happens 25 days before the term).  To email all of them, pull down the Communications menu and select classlist.  Click the box at the top of the list next to the email envelope.  Click email.  The message will go to students’ MCTC email accounts, and a copy will be sent to you.  Students will have access to their D2L classes three days prior to the start of the term.  To learn more about D2L, contact DRL@minneapols.eduRemember that D2L will be upgraded to version 10.3 on May 30 beginning at 10 pm.

What do the best college teachers do?

This semester, we have been exploring Ken Bain’s book “What the Best College Teachers Do.”  Previous Teaching Tips emails explored interactions with students and instructor attitudes/perspectives, and the last three emails have started exploring course-design decisions.  During Friday’s all-faculty session, we will look at all of these and compare them to Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education that we explored in last semester’s Teaching Tips.

(4) Use good learning activities: (a) authentic tasks, (b) collaboration, (c) find sources of information, (d) reflective activities.  As you look toward summer/fall term, think about ways you can shift some of your class time from providing information to engaging students with information and one another.  Think about the skills in your learning outcomes/goals and how you can use class time to develop these skills.  The NEA Higher Education Advocate you received by mail this month includes tips for shifting content online and increasing communication with students.

Looking for additional local faculty-development opportunities?

New listings

Previous listings

  • 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, TN.  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).
  • 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:
  • July 8-9.  Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop.  Denver.
  • 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.  For more information:
  • October 16-18.  Denver, CO.  Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning
  • October 29-31 – Walt Disney World, Florida.  Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning

The CTL is looking for copies of these books.  Please return checked out books or donate your books to T2000.

  1. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Paul Tough
  2. Mindful Teacher, Elizabeth MacDonald and Dennis Shirley
  3. Ready Player One: A Novel, Ernest Cline
  4. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success , Carol Dweck
  5. Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, Paul Kivel and Howard Zinn
  6. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain
  7. Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education, Mike Rose
  8. Multiplication is For White People: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children, Lisa Delpit
  9. What the Best College Teachers Do, Ken Bain
  10. What the Best College Students Do, Ken Bain
  11. How People Learn, The National Academies Press
  12. Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses, L. Dee Fink
  13. Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers, Thomas A. Angelo and Patricia K. Cross
  14. Documenting Learning with ePortfolios, Tracy Penny Light, Helen L. Chen, John C. Ittelson
  15. Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction, Rita Marie Conrad and J. Ana Donaldson
  16. Preventing Death by Lecture, Sharon L. Bowman
  17. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  18. Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, Garr Reynolds
  19. Outcasts United, Warren St. John
  20. Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paula Freire, Myra Bergman Ramos, Donaldo Maced
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