Week 7 Teaching Tips

Hello Faculty,

Welcome to Week 7!  This email will include some MCTC resources and a technology tip for grading discussions then some information on the teaching tip theme of the including current events in your classes, such as the Ebola outbreak.  As always, the email will end with faculty-development opportunities both inside and outside of MCTC.

MCTC Resources
How can I participate in Student Success Day?  Student Success Day (SSD) is also a contractual professional-development day, so watch for forthcoming emails from the CTL about faculty-development programming such as faculty-student dialogues, book discussions, and a CTL open house.  As on past SSDs, we are “setting aside” 2:30-4:30 for Program/Discipline/Department meetings; check with your Coordinator and submit student sessions for other time slots.  See the 10/1 email from Laura Fedock for submitting student sessions.

Where can I get a copy of the 2013-2015 MSCF Master Agreement (Contract)?  It is available in the CTL folder in the faculty shared drive and through this link: http://www.hr.mnscu.edu/contract_plans/documents/MSCF_Final_2013_2015.pdf.  MSCF members received this information in 10/1 email from Local MSCF President Darren Wieland.

Where can I get a copy of the 2015-2016 Sabbatical Application?  It is available in the CTL folder in the faculty shared drive and through this link: http://www.hr.mnscu.edu/forms/MSCF/documents/13_MSCF_Sab_packet_Sept%202012.pdf.  This information was in a 10/2 email from Michele Williams, and see the email reply from our local MSCF Grievance Rep Tom Eland.  The CTL faculty shared drive also includes some tips for sabbatical applications and sample applications.  CTL Consultants are also available to discuss your application with you.

Important Dates Related to Teaching This Week at MCTC

TECHNOLOGY TIP
How can I view all of the D2L Discussion posts from a single student?  How can I link D2L Discussions to Grades? 
Add an Assessment to the Discussion Topic with the following steps:

  1. Click the dropdown arrow next to the Topic and click Edit Topic.
  2. Click the Assessment tab and enter a Score Out Of point value. Even if you don’t plan to grade the discussion, add a number.
  3. If you wish to send scores to the Grades, choose the appropriate grade item. NOTE: If grading Group Discussions, skip this step. You will need to manually enter the scores in the Grades.
  1. Save and Close

Assess the topic with the following steps:

  1. Click the dropdown arrow next to the Topic name and click Assess Topic.
  2. For each student, click the Topic Score  Scroll down to view all posts made by that student.
  3. To send a score to the Grades, scroll up and enter a score and click the Published box. NOTE: For Group Discussions, manually enter scores in the Grades.
  4. Save and Close, repeat for the next student
    (Instructions thanks to Beth Jensen at BSU)

TEACHING TIP THEME

To engage your students, connect your content to current events.  Some possibilities include

  • Start class with a “hook” such as a relevant video clip or headline then have students write and/or discuss how it is related to the course.
  • Have students watch a clip before class then have an online or in-class discussion.  PBS News Hour Extra has video clips, summaries, and discussion section (recent postings include student protests to AP History changes in Colorado and Chicago helping low-income students through college)
  • When students watch videos, have then answer questions such as (1) what did you already know? (2) what did you learn? (3) what questions do you still have?
  • Don’t have time to find the resources?  Create an assignment where students find the “best” resource.  You could ask questions such as (1) why did you chose this resource? (2) why do you trust this source? (3) what biases are in this source?  Students could post their resource in to small groups in D2L Discussions then comment on which posted resource is best and why.  This could create a list of resources to use in future semesters.

Want some resources to link include Ebola in your classes?

FACULTY-DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

New Listings

  • Wednesday, October 8, 1-2 pm in K3320, Live Webinar, Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges
  • Friday, November 7, 8:30-4:30 MCTC Inclusion Experience: Everyone Has a Story is seeking students and employees interesting in facilitating small groups; facilitator training is scheduled for 10-2 on Friday, October 24 with lunch provided.  Contact Tara Martinez if interested.

Previous Listings

  • Thursdays, 12:45-1:15 pm in Dance (in Bollman Hall), Atma Jyotih Sangha with Jennifer Mason
  • October 7-21: Online workshops, Applying the Quality Matters Rubric.  This workshop is good for anyone who is using online materials in a class.  Much of the rubric is focused on general course design for any type of class (face-to-face, blended, or online).  This workshop allows you to be an online “student” and see various ways others organize online materials.
  • Wednesday, October 8, 5-6:30 in L3100: learn about classes in the U of MN Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning (see insideMCTC for more information)
  • Tuesday, October 14, 9:00-3:00 at InverHills CC, regional summit focusing on alternative and affordable textbook options. (See 9/22 email from Dawn Master for more information.)
  • October 16-17 in St. Paul: Education Minnesota Professional Conference
  • October 16-18 in Minneapolis: Global Learning in College
  • October 21, noon-1:30 in H1002, Human Rights and Culture in Columbia and Sri Lanka (see 9/23 email from Alejandro Maya)
  • October 24: Deadline to request a 5 & 5 Classroom Assessment for one of your classes where a CTL Consultant will lead your students through an activity to create a list of 5 things for you to keep doing and 5 things to improve.  You can read more about it here on our website.  If you are ready to make a 5&5 request, please complete the 5 & 5 request form
  • Friday, October 24: Talk About Teaching 3:30-4:30 in T2000 and Topic TBA, Dinner 5-6:30 at TBA, MCTC Play 7 pm
  • Friday, October 24, 8-12:30 at North Hennepin Community College: Improve Your Online Course Workshop
  • Saturday, October 25 in Plymouth.  Insisting on Equity.   Registration decreases with number of participants; let us know if you plan to go.
  • Monday, October 27, 2-3:30 pm in T2000, Faculty Development Committee meeting – join us to provide input on future faculty-development programming.
  • Tuesday, October 28, noon-1, free (repeated) online webinar on Accessibility and Online Videos (http://www.eventbrite.com/o/minnesota-online-quality-initiative-7290950883)
  • Thursday, October 30, noon-1:00 pm, S2420, Webinar on Course Design BasicsCreating a course that is carefully aligned makes for a better learning experience for the students AND the instructor.  This  webinar will cover the basics of course alignment.  It will include practical advice and tools you can use to help align your course including the use of the Quality Matters Rubric (TM) as a helpful instructional design tool. This webinar is open to faculty and staff from any MnSCU institution. Optional discussion to follow.
  • November 11-25: Online workshops, Applying the Quality Matters Rubric.  This workshop is good for anyone who is using online materials in a class.  Much of the rubric is focused on general course design for any type of class (face-to-face, blended, or online).  This workshop allows you to be an online “student” and see various ways others organize online materials.
  • March 26-28, San Diego, Diversity Learning and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusion Excellence.
  • Thursday, October 30, 2-3:30 in H1002, Human Rights and Culture in Maldives and Morocco (see 9/23 email from Alejandro Maya)
  • Thursday, November 6: Dinner 5-6:30 at TBA, Film Fest 7-9 pm at Riverview Theater (http://resultsfilmfestival.com/ – These 3-minute films about Twin Cities neighborhoods provide scholarships for MCTC students)
  • Tuesday, November 10, noon-1, free (repeated) online webinar on Course Design Basics (http://www.eventbrite.com/o/minnesota-online-quality-initiative-7290950883).  Note, this is the same webinar we will show on 10/30 – see below
  • Wednesday, November 12, MCTC Student Success Day – watch for future emails
  • Thursday, November 13, noon-1:30 in H1002, Human Rights of Children and Culture in Pakistan and Brazil (see 9/23 email from Alejandro Maya) Monday, November 24, 2-3:30 pm in T2000, Faculty Development Committee meeting – join us to provide input on future faculty-development programming.
  • Monday, December 8, 2-3:30 pm in T2000, Faculty Development Committee meeting – join us to provide input on future faculty-development programming.
  • Friday, December 12: Talk About Teaching 3:30-4:30 in T2000 and topic TBA, Dinner 5-6:30 at TBA, MCTC Winter Concert 7:30 pm
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