Faculty Resource Bulletin

The Faculty Resource Bulletin is one of many steps we’re taking to improve communication about local and statewide faculty professional development information and opportunities. Please visit our Faculty Resources sites (see links in the header of this blog) for more information as well as past Bulletins.

 

Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:

  • From Your Colleagues: Using Zoom for Student Feedback
  • Equity and Inclusion Roundtables
  • Academic Technology Innovation Funds Available
  • Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom
  • Events and Development Opportunities
    • On Campus (Workshops and Drop-in Webinars)
    • Other Opportunities (System and State)

 

From Your Colleagues: Using Zoom for Student Feedback

Wes Jorde, philosophy faculty at DCTC, has been using Zoom to provide feedback to students on written assignments in his online courses. This form of feedback allows students to hear his voice, an important factor in reducing student stress levels as they receive the feedback. It also allows them to review the verbal feedback, written annotations, and transcripts as many times as they like.

Watch Wes demonstrate this practice in this Zoom recording: https://minnstate.zoom.us/recording/play/agKzceD45m11XPM8pL90VTZzHs02sk0bUKQfx51vqgjv9K036suGl_4nQn7Egwd8?autoplay=true&startTime=1574622931000.

 

Equity and Inclusion Roundtables

Race, Civility, and Cultural Norms

Friday, February 14

10:00-11:30 (IHCC)

1:00-2:30 (DCTC)

Teaching in Multi-Generational Classrooms

Friday, April 3

10:00-11:30 (IHCC)

1:00-2:30 (DCTC)

We are excited to be offering these two opportunities for faculty to share effective teaching methods across disciplines. Each session will featured a guest facilitator, who will open the topic and provide a broad perspective on the topic. Faculty will then facilitate the discussion toward a deeper understanding of how the topics play out in the classroom.

Our hope is that these informal discussions result in a deeper understanding of our diverse student body. See the events calendar for more information, including location as well as guest and faculty facilitators for each session.

 

Academic Technology Innovation Funds Available

In collaboration with Todd Jagerson and ITS, the Teaching and Technology Committee at IHCC and Faculty Development Committee at DCTC are pleased to announce new funding to support faculty innovation in the use of technology in teaching and learning contexts.

Both committees have set processes for requesting these funds, with a focus on ease of faculty access, accountability for their use (for teaching and learning), and obtaining information required to make purchases.

Guidelines

Please send requests for funding to ttc@inverhills.edu (IHCC) martin.springborg@dctc.edu (DCTC). Requests should include a brief introduction as well as the following:

  1. Basic information about the technology being requested, including manufacturer, cost, and subscription information or quote if applicable.
  2. A connection to at least one learning outcome from your course(s) that will benefit from the technology being requested.
  3. Some information about where you found the technology (through a colleague, at a conference, etc.).

DCTC Only:

  1. Note any matching funds for the request, from a department or program.

 

Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom

Online

February 17 – March 23

 Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Innovation is offering a massive open online course (MOOC) for educators, Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom, which guides instructors in exploring frameworks and strategies for building and sustaining inclusive learning environments. The course runs from February 17 – March 23, 2020 on edX.org.

U.S.-based and higher-education-centered, the five-week course is for anyone with teaching responsibilities, at any level of diversity expertise. Registration for the course is open now.

The course features:

  • compelling voices and stories from students and faculty
  • opportunities to reflect on social identity, both your own and students’
  • an introduction to key research on inclusion and student-centered learning
  • an emphasis on assessing your own course design through the lens of inclusion
  • a learning community guide to help form a cohort at your institution.

The course is free to attend, or there is an option to earn a certificate (for a $49 fee).

Meet our instructors and learn about the course in an introductory video.

Please get in touch with questions at cornellcti@cornell.edu.

 

Events and Development Opportunities

On Campus

We have a lot planned this semester! We kicked things off with a half-day “Brightspace Refresher Camp” at DCTC. This training covered basic and advance tools, as well as recent updates made to email and other functions. If you couldn’t join us, you can access slides and handouts from the Faculty Resources site: https://www.inverhills.edu/FacultyResources/EventsandNews.aspx. Click on the dropdown menu for “Brightspace Refresher Camp”.

We’re introducing “First Friday Workshops” – workshops offered at a standing, predictable time throughout the academic year. This semester, we will be focusing on student engagement in online courses. Series workshops will address the following topics:

  • Humanizing Your Online Course (Feb 7)
  • Engaging Students with Alternative Forms of Feedback (March 6)
  • Creating Videos and Using Them Effectively (April 3)
  • Online Course Design for Student Engagement (May 1)

See our Events Calendar for times and locations of all First Friday Workshops.

We will also continue to offer “Drop-in Webinars” – opportunities to participate in live webinars with your faculty colleagues and have discussions afterwards. We host most online opportunities/webinars in our space (Fine Arts 270 at IHCC and 2-141C at DCTC). Consider participating with your faculty colleagues and join a discussion afterwards. . See our Events Calendar for a full Drop-in Webinar schedule and watch for announcements of these opportunities in your campus email.

Recordings

Unable to participate in webinars we host on campus? We’re sad you can’t join us, but you can also RSVP from the Events Calendar and participate on your own. Recordings for most webinars can be accessed from the Minnesota State D2L Support SharePoint site. Use your StarID@minnstate.edu credentials to login. Contact Martin Springborg if you can’t find a recording you’re looking for.

Other Opportunities

See posts under college categories (above and in right navigation) for information on campus Brightspace and course design sessions. View our Events Calendar to see details on these and other campus professional development opportunities.

Quick turnaround needed!
Apply by February 7, 2020

Open Educational Resources (OER) Learning Circles provide faculty, from across the system and from any discipline, the opportunity to collaborate with others committed to redesigning courses, or authoring ancillary materials to help eliminate textbook costs for students.

In addition to virtual weekly meetings, OER Learning Circles will utilize a D2L Brightspace course to support faculty and will take place over a ten-week period. The equivalent of .5 RCE is available to participating faculty.

There are two (2) steps to apply for OER Learning Circles:

  1. Complete the letter of support.
  2. Apply online.

Search more Minnesota State system events at www.asanewsletter.org/events.

 

Brightspace Tech Tip: Make Quick Recordings with Express Capture

A recent update to our Kaltura Mediaspace – D2L Brightspace integration has given faculty and students to more easily record video and or audio content and add it directly into a D2L Brightspace course. Faculty and students can now open the My Media section under Insert Stuff within the HTML Editor and find an option to quickly record with Express Capture.

You can find full instructions on how to record using Express Capture on our Faculty Resources section of the campus website.

Faculty can use this to be able to make quick recordings when providing feedback to students on Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, etc. right from the feedback box.

Students can also use this to create recordings to put into their Discussions.

Express Capture is a quick and easy way to make video and or audio recordings within your course site within D2L Brightspace.

John Bayerl
D2L Brightspace Administrator
Inver Hills Community College
651-450-3631
jbayerl@inverhills.edu

Faculty Resource Bulletin

The Faculty Resource Bulletin is one of many steps we’re taking to improve communication about local and statewide faculty professional development information and opportunities. Please visit our Faculty Resources sites (see links in the header of this blog) for more information as well as past Bulletins.

 

Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:

  • From Your Colleagues: Three Examples for Student Engagement and Retention
  • Community of Practice: Transparent Design in Teaching
  • Academic Technology Innovation Funds Available
  • Events and Development Opportunities
    • On Campus (Workshops and Drop-in Webinars)
    • Other Opportunities (System and State)

 

From Your Colleagues: Three Examples for Student Engagement and Retention

During an IHCC AD Day session on retention strategies, LeAnne Schmidt, Amanda Barklind, and I showcased the efforts of three faculty: Mary Petrie, Scott Sandok, and Shane Stroup. Mary incorporates principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into the design of her online courses. Scott also does this, and during the session shared other ways he engages students online. Shane live streams his on-campus class sessions so students who need to attend remotely can do so interactively – instead of passively. This practice also allows him to bring other perspectives into his classes.

If you missed this session, or would like more on these three faculty members and others, visit Faculty Success Stories pages on both IHCC and DCTC college websites:

IHCC: https://www.inverhills.edu/FacultyResources/ProgramsandServices/FacultySuccessStories

DCTC: https://www.dctc.edu/online-dctc/faculty-resources/programs-services/faculty-success-stories

 

Community of Practice: Transparent Design in Teaching

As part of AD Days at IHCC, Mary-Ann Winkelmes, author of “Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership”, facilitated a workshop on applying transparent design do instructional materials. This workshop featured a panel of faculty from both IHCC and DCTC who participated in a community of practice on this topic all of fall semester. These faculty graciously shared edits they had made to assignments and will use in their courses this semester.

We will be continuing these communities at both colleges this semester. If you are interested in participating, just send an email to mspringborg@ihcc.edu or martin.springborg@dctc.edu by Friday, January 24. I’ll then send out a scheduling poll to determine three meeting times throughout the semester. You’ll find more information about this community of practice on the Faculty Resources pages of or website:

IHCC: https://www.inverhills.edu/FacultyResources/ProgramsandServices/CommunitiesOfPractice

DCTC: https://www.dctc.edu/online-dctc/faculty-resources/programs-services/communities-of-practice

If you missed Mary-Ann’s workshop, you can watch the recording here:  https://minnstate.zoom.us/rec/share/w-V8L7_v231JRJ3hslrWdo8dNNi8aaa8hyYfr_cInUsPL1KDV09ar-hH_DZFi08A.

Slides from this workshop are also available: https://inverhills-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/yy4784td_inverhills_edu/ERqUg1GXgApHml1YO3GjUOcBgJDyEOiawjDxwEcRaryihQ?e=fw08Eg.

 

Academic Technology Innovation Funds Available

In collaboration with Todd Jagerson and ITS, the Teaching and Technology Committee at IHCC and Faculty Development Committee at DCTC are pleased to announce new funding to support faculty innovation in the use of technology in teaching and learning contexts.

Both committees have set processes for requesting these funds, with a focus on ease of faculty access, accountability for their use (for teaching and learning), and obtaining information required to make purchases.

Guidelines

Please send requests for funding to ttc@inverhills.edu (IHCC) martin.springborg@dctc.edu (DCTC). Requests should include a brief introduction as well as the following:

  1. Basic information about the technology being requested, including manufacturer, cost, and subscription information or quote if applicable.
  2. A connection to at least one learning outcome from your course(s) that will benefit from the technology being requested.
  3. Some information about where you found the technology (through a colleague, at a conference, etc.).

DCTC Only:

  1. Note any matching funds for the request, from a department or program.

 

Events and Development Opportunities

On Campus

We have a lot planned this semester! We kicked things off with a half-day “Brightspace Refresher Camp” at DCTC. This training covered basic and advance tools, as well as recent updates made to email and other functions. If you couldn’t join us, you can access slides and handouts from the Faculty Resources site: https://www.inverhills.edu/FacultyResources/EventsandNews.aspx. Click on the dropdown menu for “Brightspace Refresher Camp”.

We’re introducing “First Friday Workshops” – workshops offered at a standing, predictable time throughout the academic year. This semester, we will be focusing on student engagement in online courses. Series workshops will address the following topics:

  • Humanizing Your Online Course (Feb 7)
  • Engaging Students with Alternative Forms of Feedback (March 6)
  • Creating Videos and Using Them Effectively (April 3)
  • Online Course Design for Student Engagement (May 1)

See our Events Calendar for times and locations of all First Friday Workshops.

We will also continue to offer “Drop-in Webinars” – opportunities to participate in live webinars with your faculty colleagues and have discussions afterwards. We host most online opportunities/webinars in our space (Fine Arts 270 at IHCC and 2-141C at DCTC). Consider participating with your faculty colleagues and join a discussion afterwards. . See our Events Calendar for a full Drop-in Webinar schedule and watch for announcements of these opportunities in your campus email.

Recordings

Unable to participate in webinars we host on campus? We’re sad you can’t join us, but you can also RSVP from the Events Calendar and participate on your own. Recordings for most webinars can be accessed from the Minnesota State D2L Support SharePoint site. Use your StarID@minnstate.edu credentials to login. Contact Martin Springborg if you can’t find a recording you’re looking for.

Other Opportunities

See posts under college categories (above and in right navigation) for information on campus Brightspace and course design sessions. View our Events Calendar to see details on these and other campus professional development opportunities.

Jan. 13th 12:00 – 1:00 pm – What’s New in D2L 20.20.01? | Webinar >>>

Jan. 15th 10:00 – 11:15 am – Accessibility Webinar – “Zoom: Striving for Functional Accessibility” | Webinar >>>

Jan. 16th 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Best of the Minnesota Summit Webinars “Are We Doing Enough to Help Faculty Teach Online?” | Webinar >>>

Jan. 20th – Improving Instructor-to-Student Interaction using D2L Brightspace Tools | 3 Week Short Course >>>

Jan. 22nd 10:00 – 11:00 am – Rubrics to Save Time Evaluating Student Work | Webinar >>>

Jan. 27th – Creating Accessible Documents | 3 Week Short Course >>>

Jan. 27th 2:30 – 4:00 pm – Open Textbook Network Webinar | Webinar >>>

Jan. 29th 3:00 – 4:15 pm – Accessibility Webinar – Making Websites Usable, Not Just Accessible Part 1 | Webinar >>>

Continuous –  Philosophy of Community and Technical College Education | Short Course >>>

Search more Minnesota State system events at www.asanewsletter.org/events.

 

ReadSpeaker TextAid

Brightspace users can now listen to documents in D2L through “ReadSpeaker TextAid”. Users can access ReadSpeaker TextAid trough the navigation bar inside their D2L class site by clicking “Resources” and then “ReadSpeaker TextAid”.

A few benefits to this technology are:

  • Users can listen to the documents audibly
  • Users can follow along as documents are read
  • Users can listen to documents from anywhere
  • This tool is useful to everybody and is a great tool to have when considering Universal design.

We have created some reference material on how to use ReadSpeaker TextAid.  Please click on the following link to access this material:

Instructions for ReadSpeaker TextAid

When the user clicks on ReadSpeaker TextAid, they will be taken to the ReadSpeaker TextAid site. From this site, the user can upload any document, even if the doccument not  in D2L. This can assist the user in any area of their education. All they need to do is the following:

  • Click the “Library” button on the left side of the screen
  • Click the “Upload Document” button
  • Select the document language
  • Drag and Drop the file(s) into the box or search for the document using the “Select document” button
  • Click the “Upload” button
  • Click the “Close” button
  • Then from the library, click on the file
  • Click the “Listen” button

Faculty Resource Bulletin

The Faculty Resource Bulletin is one of many steps we’re taking to improve communication about local and statewide faculty professional development information and opportunities. Please visit our Faculty Resources sites (see links in the header of this blog) for more information as well as past Bulletins.

Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:

  • Semester Start Resources and Tools
  • Zoom Web Conferencing
  • Events and Development Opportunities
    • Coming up on campus: Brightspace Refresher Camp – January 8 at DCTC
    • Transparent Instruction in Multi-Generational, Diverse Higher Ed Contexts – January 10 at IHCC

Semester Start Resources and Tools

Setting Course Start and End Dates

Did you know you can set the start and end dates in D2L Brightspace course shells? You can – and it’s easy! Just follow instructions on the Faculty Resources site:

DCTC: https://www.dctc.edu/DCTC/assets/File/pdf/faculty-resources/Changing-Start-and-End-Dates.pdf

IHCC: https://inverhills.edu/FacultyResources/pdfs/D2LResources/Changing_Start_and_End_Dates.pdf

Course Navigation: Adding and Removing Tools

As you prepare for fall semester, you might consider adjusting the navigation in your online courses by adding or removing tools from the course “navbar”. See the illustrated guide on the Faculty Resources site:

DCTC: https://www.dctc.edu/DCTC/assets/File/pdf/faculty-resources/turning-on-off-tools.pdf

IHCC: https://inverhills.edu/FacultyResources/pdfs/D2LResources/Turning_on-off_Tools.pdf

 Getting Started with D2L Brightspace

We developed a Getting Started with D2L Brightspace document for students new to online learning. As you prepare for fall semester, please feel free to distribute this to your students via email or post it directly in your online courses. Student Services staff will also be distributing this guide.

DCTC: https://www.dctc.edu/DCTC/assets/File/pdf/faculty-resources/Getting-Started-Guide-D2L-Students-DCTC.pdf

IHCC: https://www.inverhills.edu/FacultyResources/pdfs/D2LResources/Getting_Started_Guide_D2L-Students.pdf

D2L Accessibility Checker

Are you wondering whether your online course is accessible to all students? D2L has a tool you can use to check your content for any accessibility limitations. Watch this four-minute introduction to this tool and see just how easy it is to run this test.

Brightspace Orientation for Students

Another resource you may want to share with your students in advance of the semester is the new Brightspace Orientation for Students course. The course is accessible from our New to Online Courses page, and provides an overview of our online learning environment along with a few general tips on how to be successful in online courses.

DCTC: https://www.dctc.edu/online-dctc

IHCC: https://www.inverhills.edu/DegreesAndPrograms/OnlineLearning/NewToOnlineClasses.aspx

Combining Sections

As a reminder: if you would like multiple sections of a course combined into a single section, please create a JIRA ticket as soon as possible to allow for this work to be completed prior to the start of the semester.

Use a Checklist

Feel like you need a checklist? We’ve included the most common online course prep tasks in a pre-semester checklist, complete with links to tutorials and further resources. Access the checklist from the Faculty Resources site:

DCTC: https://www.dctc.edu/DCTC/assets/File/pdf/faculty-resources/Semester-Start-up-Checklist.pdf

IHCC: https://www.inverhills.edu/FacultyResources/pdfs/SemesterStartupChecklist.pdf

Zoom Web Conferencing

Minnesota State began transitioning its web conferencing vendor from Adobe Connect to Zoom last August. While Adobe Connect will remain available until May 15, 2020, I invite you to start using Zoom now or in the near future. You (and all Minnesota State faculty, staff, and students) can access the Zoom web conferencing tool by navigating to https://minnstate.zoom.us and choosing Sign In using your StarID.

Zoom provides the same features you’ll find with other major video and web conferencing services and more, such as:

  • Meeting Rooms with a 300 person meeting room capacity
  • Microphone and Telephone Audio
  • Video
  • Meeting Recordings
  • Screen Sharing and Whiteboards
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Room Systems / ITV Integration
  • Mobile Device Support
  • Calendar Integration

For further details and tutorials for Zoom are in the Faculty Resources section of our website under Academic Technology. You can arrange an in-person or Zoom tutorial from this page, as well as contact Zoom support staff.

Events and Development Opportunities

Coming up on campus

Brightspace Refresher Camp

Dakota County Technical College, room 2-141C
Wednesday, January 8
12:00-4:00

This half-day workshop is designed for all faculty. Whether you have been teaching online for several semesters or are new to it this year, this hands-on workshop will be of benefit to you. Facilitators will focus on beginning tools and recent updates made to D2L Brightspace.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will describe the key elements of a well-designed online course (consistency, logical organization, clarity of expectations, and accessibility).
  • Participants will demonstrate the use of best practices in the design of their online courses.
  • Participants will describe the relationship of student learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessments in a well-designed online course.
  • Participants will use the D2L tools and components effectively and appropriately to deliver their online courses.

Transparent Instruction in Multi-Generational, Diverse Higher Ed Contexts

Dr. Mary Ann-Winkelmes, Executive Director, Center for Teaching and Learning at Brandeis University
Inver Hills Community College Fine Arts Theatre
Friday, January 10
8:30-11:30

Transparent instruction shows great promise for increasing the confidence, sense of belonging, persistence and success of first-generation, low-income and ethnically underrepresented students. In this workshop we’ll review the findings as well as educational research behind the concept of transparent teaching/learning. Then we’ll apply that research to the design of your own class activities and assignments. Participants will leave with a draft assignment or activity for one of their courses, and a concise set of strategies for designing transparent assignments and class activities that promote students’ learning equitably.

Other upcoming opportunities

See posts under college categories (above and in right navigation) for information on campus Brightspace and course design sessions. View our Events Calendar to see details on these and other campus professional development opportunities.

Descriptions for events are presented on this blog as they appear on organizations’ websites. Please contact me if you have any questions about these opportunities, or if you have information about an opportunity you’d like to share with your faculty colleagues. Search more Minnesota State system events at www.asanewsletter.org/events.

We host most online opportunities/webinars in our space (Fine Arts 270 at IHCC and 2-141C at DCTC). Consider participating with your faculty colleagues and join a discussion afterwards. Watch for announcements of these opportunities in your campus email.

Webinar recordings

Unable to participate in webinars we host on campus? We’re sad you can’t join us, but you can also RSVP from the Events Calendar and participate on your own. Recordings for most webinars can be accessed from the Minnesota State D2L Support SharePoint site. Use your StarID@minnstate.edu credentials to login. Contact Martin Springborg if you can’t find a recording you’re looking for.