Workshop Recommendations – use your Faculty Development Dollars (due 4/30)

Hello Faculty,

Below are descriptions of three excellent faculty-development opportunities:

(1) May 18: course design workshop at MCTC

(2) May 19-21: course design workshop in Chicago

(3) July 27-30: cooperative learning workshop at the University of Minnesota

(4) Various options – first starts in June: Racial Justice Facilitator Training at the YWCA

Three are before the end of the fiscal year (June 30), so you could use your faculty-development funds for this (see end of this email for the message from Carroll Barnes who manages our contractual faculty development funds. Talk to your Coordinator about funds in your Division, or submit for end-of-year pool funds; requests are due April 30.

(1) May 18 | Are you looking for tools to help improve your courses? How about a convenient faculty-development opportunity right here on campus? Join us on our campus May 18th for an Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop from 8:30 to 3:30 at MCTC. This rubric was developed by faculty across the country to assess the components of good course design.  It was developed for online and blended classes but would be helpful for anyone using the internet to supplement their courses.  See a testimonial below.  Register here.

(2) May 19-21 | Designing Your Courses for Greater Student Engagement and Better Student Learning | Chicago, IL | This excellent and engaging workshop by a leader in course design will help you create a course where students will develop important skills and see the value in the work they are doing to develop those skills.  Cost before April 30 = $650, or $525 for a team of 4 (email us if you are interested), $149/night hotel. | For more information, click here.

(3) July 27-30 | Cooperative Learning Workshops | University of Minnesota | If you are doing or want to do group work in your classes, this workshop is for you!  The Johnson brothers at the U of MN are world leaders in cooperative learning and provide an engaging and helpful workshop. | For more information, click here.

(4) Various options: first starts in June | Racial Justice Facilitator Training | “YWCA Facilitators are committed to racial justice work. As an active member of the movement to promote positive race relations, facilitators carry the responsibility of promoting a safe environment for all participants to share personal experiences and opinions regarding the topics of race and racism. Facilitators will have multiple opportunities throughout the year to engage various communities and groups…The time commitment is six hours spread over three two-hour sessions with a single cohort, or group of facilitators. The cost is $100. There is no cost for the training if you are able to commit to facilitating on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, at the Annual It’s Time to Talk event.”  | For more information, click here.

Quality Matters Testimonial from Miki Huntington, Political Science:

“I was introduced to Quality Matters (QM) Program in 2013 by Lynn Coffey, who was the eLearning Director at the time. QM is a standard for online course design and the QM Rubric is a helpful “checklist” for any course for effective backward course design and alignment between outcome (What do I want students to be able to do?), assessment (How will I know they can do it?) and activities (What skills will they need to practice to be able to do it?). 

As a relatively new online instructor, I signed up for the two-week online version of the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric course followed by the Peer-Reviewer course in summer 2013. I’ve since completed 7 online course reviews as an external peer-reviewer and implemented many of the QM Rubric standards to improve my own courses as well! So, I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about Quality Matters on May 18th!”​

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