Week 12 Teaching Tips

Hello Faculty,

Welcome to to week 12!  Fall textbook orders are due tomorrow, so this week we will continue to explore textbook options – focusing on the images that are presented in your textbooks.  Also, remember to submit your summer and fall software requests with your textbook submissions.  If you need more time, contact Dawn Master for an extension.

What is wrong with this imagethis image?  


The University of North Georgia has removed this image, noting “we have taken steps to provide for broader review of publications like this to ensure that they fully meet institutional expectations and reflect our community and our values.”(http://getschooled.blog.ajc.com/2015/03/18/white-guys-win-again-was-this-college-catalog-cover-the-loser/)

  • Review the images in your textbooks to see if they reflect our community and values.  For example who is portrayed as successful people in the field, as professionals, as athletes, as people with illness, as people with problems, as people with success, etc.
  • Also, review the videos, images, etc. in your classrooms and class materials.

These next questions are from “Mind the Gap” resources developed by a group of faculty to help us address the achievement gap and created a set of questions for Faculty; for Students; and for Departments, Divisions, and Programs.

  • Ask yourself: Who is present and who is missing in your curriculum?  What materials do you use, designed from whose perspective?  Why?
  • Ask students: Whose stories are represented in your coursework?​ What material do you see in class?  Whose perspectives are they designed from and for?  These questions could be included in a class survey or other type of feedback before you order your books or at the end of the class.

These next bullets are from the Office for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota

  • Ask yourself: how are “equity and diversity” communicated in your classroom, lab, office?  How are “equity and diversity” NOT communicated?  What does “equity and diversity” look like? (in print? on the web? in the spaces and places you inhabit?
  • Too often we believe visual representation is the only way to communicate diversity; important to remember it is one (of many) different means to send messages about diversity.
  • For some, diversity is synonymous with race/ethnicity, and sometimes gender, so images of people of color become the main way to visually represent diversity; while images of people of color are important, using only these images can become tokenizing and can represent too narrow a view of equity and diversity.
  • Think creatively – and outside the box – about how you can visually communicate about equity and diversity.  Consider:
  1. ​images of signs, spaces, flags, rallies, classrooms, books, etc… – not just individual people
  2. how to represent those with “invisible” identities (GLBT people, people with invisible disabilities)
  3. how to represent those with privileged identities (our allies) who have a commitment to equity and diversity
  4. using words and text to complement your visual images.

How can I get an app for grading on my iPad?  (Thanks to Beth Jensen at Bemidji State for sharing this tip!)

The D2L Assignment Grader for iPad helps make grading Dropbox assignments easier. While connected to the internet, you download submitted assignments to your iPad. Once downloaded, you can grade the assignments offline and still have access to rubrics, comments and personalized feedback. As soon as  you re-connect to the internet, you synchronize the feedback back to D2L.

In summary, with the app you can:

  • Grade assignments right from your iPad.
  • Draw, markup, highlight, underline, and add inline comments anywhere in a student-submitted PDF.
  • Upload grades and rubrics to D2L.
  • Go offline and synchronize your work later.
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