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Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Events


Special Interest Group Series: Supporting Teaching and Learning Through Collaboration
Course Design Basics: The “Why” and “How” of Course Alignment

Thursday, Oct. 30
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: ONLINE
Register for free at https://mnquality.eventbrite.com

Creating a course that is carefully aligned makes for a better learning experience for the students AND for the instructor. This session 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 as a helpful instructional design tool. The presenter is Elizabeth McMahon, Northland Community & Technical College.

Elizabeth McMahon is an online instructor at NCTC who has been designing and teaching online courses since 2000. Her MSEd focused on teaching online and she recently earned a graduate certificate in Instructional Design. She is a QM-Certified Facilitator, Master Reviewer and Course Review Manager. She coordinates Quality Matters course reviews for the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative.

The Special Interest Group Instructional Technologies and Learning Spaces is an opportunity for Minnesota State Colleges and University schools to share and collaborate best practices that focus on teaching and learning and learning spaces. There will be free monthly webinars. For more information and latest webinars log onto: https://mnquality.eventbrite.com. The series is being planned and hosted by the "Special Interest Group on Instructional Technologies and Learning Spaces." Questions? Contact Robin O’Callaghan at OCallaghan@winona.edu.

 


STEP Webinar
Thursday, Oct. 30

Time: 1 p.m.
Register (free) at: http://stepcentral.net/webinars/21#.VDbbnefc3n4

STEP Central is an NSF-supported initiative that aims to build and support a "community of practice" among those working to increase the number of college graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the United States.

STEP's Oct. 30 webinar (1 p.m. Central Time) will discuss the importance and impact of successful 2 year/4 year partnerships on STEM graduation and transfer rates at both partnering institutions. Participants will gain a "2 year institution" perspective on the components of a successful partnership as well as discuss key factors in developing and sustaining 2 year/4 year partnerships. The information disseminated during the webinar can be applied and adapted within the framework of other institutions. At the end of the webinar, participants should understand the vital role each partner plays in the success (graduation and transfer) of 2-year college STEM Students.

 


Career Steps: 12 Things Faculty Should Encourage Students To Do Before Graduation
Thursday, Oct. 30

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis Campus, Room M2300
Preview the D2L Career Steps worksop: https://www.metrostate.edu/applications/drep/files/CareerStepsFlyer.pdf

Please RSVP and indicate St. Paul or Minneaplis by Oct. 24: William.Baldus@metrostate.edu

Entering the job market or making a career transition is much easier if the wheels are set in motion while still in school. Career Steps is a no fee, no credit online tool that provides faculty with a career development to-do list of specific, action-oriented steps to point their students in the right direction and help them move efficiently down their post-college career paths.

Career Steps takes a rather daunting process (finding a career niche or a better job) and breaks it down into manageable pieces. Content is designed to be incorporated into existing courses by faculty and includes 12 modules with classroom activities and assessments covering everything from LinkedIn to networking. Faculty will learn how about this new Career Development course and how to use all or parts of it in their classes.

 


Yoga and Meditation
Fridays through Dec 12
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, Lib 329


Feeling overwhelmed? Need a break? Join us for a one-hour yoga and meditation session, Fridays from noon to 1:00 in Lib 329, starting October 3. Yoga practice improves flexibility and strength while promoting a calm and relaxed mind. Each class will include a warm-up, a kriya (set of exercises), relaxation and meditation. Exercises can be modified for varying fitness levels and no previous experience is required. To help with your comfort during meditation and with some postures please bring a yoga mat, beach towel, blanket and/or pillow.

This yoga class will follow the Kundalini tradition as taught by Yogi Bhajan. IKYTA certified teachers Joyce Paxton and Sue Fitzgerald will take turns leading the class.

Questions? Contact: joyce.paxton@metrostate.edu. No reservations necessary. All are welcome to attend.

 


American Sign Language Workshop
Mondays, Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, Library 306
RSVP required due to limited space

To expand your experience, join us for three additional weeks to learn a new language, have fun, and gain insight into Deaf culture. This three session experience will give you the opportunity to learn beginning-level American Sign Language, with a highly interactive approach in the classroom.

Bring lunch. Dessert provided.
RSVP to disability.service@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1549

 


Beyond Diversity: Challenging Racism in an Age of Backlash
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Presenter: Tim Wise
Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. – free lecture
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - $15 training session for educators, non-profit workers, community leaders and members of the public who wish to expand their knowledge
Location: North Hennepin Community College, Center for Business and Technology Grand Hall

Tim Wise, Author of White Like Me, presents at North Hennepin Community College on Monday, Nov. 3 from 12-1 p.m. followed by a training session 2-4 p.m. in the Center for Business and Technology Grand Hall.

His speech critiques “diversity” efforts on campuses and in corporate America. Unlike conservative criticisms, which claim diversity and multiculturalism have gone too far, this presentation focuses on how most “tolerance” training amounts to little more than a feel-good approach which fails to address the fundamental structures of racism and inequality. Since it is these institutional realities that cause a lack of “diversity” in the first place, failure to discuss strategies for changing the current distribution of power will doom diversity efforts to failure. Focusing on personal prejudice rather than institutional bias is shown to be inadequate for building an anti-racist movement. The negative impact on all Americans that results from failing to address structural racism is discussed in detail.

Questions? Contact Ana Davis at ana.davis@nhcc.edu or 763-424-0961

 


American Sign Language Workshop
Wednesdays, Nov. 5, Nov. 12 and Nov. 26
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Midway Center, Room A
RSVP required due to limited space

To expand your experience, join us for three additional weeks to learn a new language, have fun, and gain insight into Deaf culture. This three session experience will give you the opportunity to learn beginning-level American Sign Language, with a highly interactive approach in the classroom.

Bring lunch. Dessert provided.
RSVP to disability.service@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1549

 


Community Forum on Radicalization and Terrorism: Implications for our Dynamic and Diverse Communities
Wednesday, Nov. 5

Time: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Metropolitan State University Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Education Center, Room 112
9110 Brooklyn Blvd. Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Food provided

Introductory Remarks by President Devinder Malhotra will be followed by a panel discussion

Panelists: Kyle Loven (Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Minneapolis), Imam Hassan Mohamud (Minnesota’s Da’wah Institute), Jon Olson (Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired)), Ilhan Omar (Senior Policy Aide to Minneapolis City Council member Andrew Johnson), Dr. Hal Pickett (Director, Headway Emotional Health Services)

Sponsored by:
Metropolitan State University School of Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice
Metropolitan State University Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship
American Democracy Project
Hennepin County Technical College School of Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Student Club
FBI Minneapolis Citizens Academy Aumni Association

Questions? Contact: Professor Raj Sethuraju at nadarajan.sethuraju@metrostate.edu or Professor Jill Peterson at jill.peterson@metrostate.edu

Anyone with disabilities needing accommodations for a Metropolitan State event or who needs a publication in alternative format should contact Disability Services at 651-793-1549 or disability.services@metrostate.edu at least one week prior to the event.

 


Survivor Stories of Trauma, Hope and Change
Tuesday, Nov. 11
Time: 7 p.m.
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Location: O’Shaughnessy Education Center Auditorium, University of St. Thomas

Fired Up is based on cast members’ powerful, personal stories of child sexual abuse trauma transformed into action to end the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

Ticket Information: Tickets are “name your price” and “bring a buddy.” You choose how much to pay and your ticket is good for two people! Go to http://bit.ly/firedupstories, "login” at the bottom of the page and create an account with just your name and address. Choose the number of tickets you need and then print the ticket at “checkout.”

Sponsored by Metropolitan State University Bachelor of Human Services Program and the University of St. Thomas. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 


Multi-session Faculty Discussion Group based on the book: "How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching"
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Time: 4:30 p.m. -5:45 pm
Location: Center for Faculty Development, St. Paul Campus, Library 131 in person and remotely via Google Hangout
Facilitator: Lori Schroeder (lori.schroeder@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1752)
Reservation required. Space is limited to 12 people. Contact Lori Schroeder to make reservations and for more information.

Distilling the research literature and translating the scientific approach into language relevant to a college or university teacher, this book introduces seven general principles of how students learn. The authors have drawn on research from a breadth of perspectives (cognitive, developmental, and social psychology; educational research; anthropology; demographics; organizational behavior) to identify a set of key principles underlying learning, from how effective organization enhances retrieval and use of information to what impacts motivation. Integrating theory with real-classroom examples in practice, this book helps faculty to apply cognitive science advances to improve their own teaching. One reviewer wrote: “Whether you think you are a seasoned veteran or new to the profession, this book is a must read for college faculty.”

Why participate? To connect with colleagues. To stimulate thinking about our teaching practice. And because it is just a great book!

Books will be provided to participants.

This faculty only event is co-sponsored by the IFO and the Center for Faculty Development. 

 


Brown Bag Literary Readings: Burning
Thursday, Nov. 13

Time: 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Location: St. Paul campus, New Main 203 (St. Paul Room, top floor of New Main)

Please bring a poem or short prose excerpt somehow related (we're very flexible) to the above theme to share with others. Or, just bring yourself (and your lunch, if you wish) and relax, for half an hour of listening and reading pleasure.

Come one, come all - staff, faculty and students - all are welcome. No reservations required. For more information, please email Alison McGhee, Professor of Creative Writing at Alison.McGhee@metrostate.edu

 


Talking about Teaching – Continuing the Conversation on Handling Problematic Behavior in the Classroom
Thursday, Nov. 13
Time
: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Energy Park Place 104-11 (1380 Energy Park Lane, St. Paul, MN 55108) - where the Center for Online Learning is located 
Facilitator: Lori Schroeder
Contact Lori Schroeder, lori.schroeder@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1752, to register or for more information
Special Guest: Judicial Affairs Officer, Kelly Von Ruden

Our lively discussion about student conduct during the October 23 Talking about Teaching meeting left all of us wanting to continue the conversation!

Whether or not you attended the October meeting, please join us for a thought-provoking, supportive, affirming, discussion that will offer practical takeaways.

Have you seen a shift in student behavior over the past several years? Is classroom management becoming more and more challenging? Is student conduct becoming a greater concern for you?
If so, come to the Talking about Teaching session: Talking about Student Conduct. The new Code of Conduct Officer for Metropolitan State University, Kelly Von Ruden, will share different scenarios, common challenging concerns, strategies for classroom teachers to address disruptive behavior, and university processes and procedures should a conduct issue escalate beyond the instructors attempts to mitigate it. Bring concerns, questions, and what ifs to this special opportunity.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.

 


IFO Promotion and Tenure Workshop
Friday, Nov. 14

Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Midway Center (ETC Building), Room 35

Untenured faculty and faculty seeking promotion are encouraged to attend this workshop on the Metro State promotion and tenure process. Provost Ginny Arthur and two deans will provide opening remarks and answer questions. They will be followed by a faculty only session on contractual requirements, followed by a panel of faculty members who have recently been tenured and/or promoted. The session will end with questions and answers.

Light refreshments will be served.

Questions? Contact Alec Sonsteby at alexander.sonsteby@metrostate.edu

This faculty only event is co-sponsored by the IFO and the Center for Faculty Development.

  

Community-Engaged Scholarship Spring 2015 Request for Proposals
Proposals due Friday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m. CST

The American Democracy Project (ADP) and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) Faculty Work Group invite you to submit a proposal requesting funding for community-engaged scholarship. Metropolitan State University places high value on its relationships with metropolitan area communities. Community-engaged scholarship grants are provided to encourage and support scholarly work that involves faculty and communities in co-creating knowledge and exchanging resources in the context of partnership and reciprocity to advance the public good.

For more information, please contact Jodi Bantley, Community Engagement Coordinator: Civic and Community-Based Learning Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) jodi.bantley@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1294

 


2014 Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC): Overcoming Racism Conference
Theme: Cultivating Transformation
Friday, Nov. 14 - 15

Location: Metropolitan State University, St. Paul campus

The 2014 Overcoming Racism Conference will explore methodologies and practices contributing to transformation within differing contexts, addressing multiple levels of change (individual, institutional, systemic), along with factors that have contributed to significant change towards achieving equity, social justice, and antiracism goals. A variety of promising practices, theories of change, engagement processes, and outcomes will be addressed.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to hear stories of transformation from multiple perspectives, to learn about approaches and tools for transformation, and to connect with others working to transform organizations, institutions and communities. Participants will deepen their understanding of systemic racism and whiteness, and the role of courageous and visionary leadership in transformation.

The University Diversity Council sponsors this event. As part of the Diversity Council’s commitment and support for this event, they will be providing several free registrations for faculty and staff. If you are interested in being selected for one of these free registrations slots, email Julio Vargas-Essex at julio.vargasessex@metrostate.edu by Monday, October 13, 2014. Individuals will be selected on a "first-come" basis and will be notified by Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

For more information about the conference and to see the daily agenda, see http://www.overcomingracism.org or contact Julio Vargas-Essex at julio.vargasessex@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1317.

 


Multi-session Faculty Discussion Group based on the book: “The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities: Repairing Harm and Rebuilding Trust in the Response to Student Misconduct.”
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3

Time: 4:30 p.m. -5:45 pm
Location: Center for Faculty Development, St. Paul Campus, Library 131 in person and remotely via Google Hangout
Facilitator: Kelly Von Ruden (Kelly.vonruden@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1535) Reservation required. Space is limited to 10 people.

The author David Karp is a professor at Skidmore College in New York and has conducted research and workshops on the practices of Restorative Justice. This book provides a brief overview on the principles of Restorative Justice and evidence of successful implementation on a college campus. According the author Restorative Justice, “ It can help ensure fair treatment, minimize institutional liability, protect the campus community, and boost morale.” As the Judicial Affairs Officer, I understand the pressure instructors have to manage course room expectations and behavior. Restorative Justice has been proven to help student learn from their mistakes and together we can partner to create a more respectful course room environment.

Why participate? To connect with colleagues. To stimulate thinking about student conduct and Restorative Justice practices. And because it is just a great book! Books will be provided to participants.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development. 

 


Food with the Fulbrights: Italy, Norway, Seychelles – Words and Pictures about Faculty Travels Abroad
Thursday, Nov. 20

Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, Library 301

Recent Fulbright Scholarship recipients will share ethnic foods from their host countries while talking about their experiences as Fulbright Scholars. All are welcome. Questions? Contact Maythee Kantar at maythee.kantar@metrostate.edu.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.

 


Talking about Teaching – Handling Problematic Behavior in the Classroom
Thursday, Nov. 20
Time
: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Management Education Center (MEC) 4000
13th Street and Harmon Place, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403; 651-793-1300, room TBD
Facilitator: Lori Schroeder
Contact Lori Schroeder, lori.schroeder@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1752, to register or for more information
Special Guest: Judicial Affairs Officer, Kelly Von Ruden

Have you seen a shift in student behavior over the past several years? Is classroom management becoming more and more challenging? Is student conduct becoming a greater concern for you?
If so, come to the Talking about Teaching session: Talking about Student Conduct. The new Code of Conduct Officer for Metropolitan State University, Kelly Von Ruden, will share different scenarios, common challenging concerns, strategies for classroom teachers to address disruptive behavior, and university processes and procedures should a conduct issue escalate beyond the instructors attempts to mitigate it. Bring concerns, questions, and what ifs to this special opportunity.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.

 


Faculty Learning Circle on Community-Engaged Scholarship (Full)
Dates: Fridays, Nov. 21, Feb. 20, March 20 and April 17

Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Community.engagement@metrostate.edu
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: CWA Conference Room at Energy Park Place (EPP), 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 205
Registration deadline: July 25 (Registration closed - full)

Are you interested in integrating community engagement activities into your course design and scholarship, but unsure how to begin? Or, are you already utilizing community engagement and interested in deepening your knowledge of best practices through interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration? If so, the members of the ICES Faculty Work Group warmly invite you to participate in a Faculty Learning Circle on Community-Engaged Scholarship during FY15.

The goals of this learning circle are to:

  • Create a space for dialogue about the foundational elements of community-engaged scholarship,
  • Widen the circle of faculty members who undertake and promote best practices in community-engaged teaching, learning and research, and
  • Deepen relationships among faculty and the possibilities for interdisciplinary community-engaged scholarship.

A common text, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, will provide a framework for conversation that draws on your own experience and questions.  

This event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.

 


Education From an Indigenous Perspective
Monday, Nov. 24
Presenter: Greg Biskakone Johnson
Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. – free lecture
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - $15 training session for educators, non-profit workers, community leaders and members of the public who wish to expand their knowledge
Location: North Hennepin Community College, Center for Business and Technology Grand Hall

Greg Biskakone Johnson presents at North Hennepin Community College on Monday, Nov. 24 from 12-1 pm followed by a training session 2-4 pm in the Center for Business and Technology Grand Hall.

Greg Biskakone Johnson is an Ojibwe artist, activist, and educator from the Lac du Flambeau Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. Greg grew up learning his language and traditional Anishinaabe skills such as hunting, spearfishing, ricing, beading and moccasin-making. In this presentation, Greg will discuss how for Indigenous people, education also takes place outside the classroom, in close connection with the land, seasons, and plant and animal relatives. He will discuss the history of trauma of Native peoples in the education system, the impact of land theft and broken treaties on Native peoples today, and how understanding and honoring cultural knowledge will enable us to start bridging the achievement gap for Native American students in the mainstream education system. Faculty, staff, administrators and non-profit and community workers will develop awareness and knowledge of an Indigenous perspective, and learn strategies to better engage Native Students in campus life and support their academic and life success.

Questions? Contact Ana Davis at ana.davis@nhcc.edu or 763-424-0961

 


Multi-session Faculty Discussion Group based on the book: "How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching"
Wednesday, Dec. 10
Time: 4:30 p.m. -5:45 pm
Location: Center for Faculty Development, St. Paul Campus, Library 131 in person and remotely via Google Hangout
Facilitator: Lori Schroeder (lori.schroeder@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1752)
Reservation required. Space is limited to 12 people. Contact Lori Schroeder to make reservations and for more information.

Distilling the research literature and translating the scientific approach into language relevant to a college or university teacher, this book introduces seven general principles of how students learn. The authors have drawn on research from a breadth of perspectives (cognitive, developmental, and social psychology; educational research; anthropology; demographics; organizational behavior) to identify a set of key principles underlying learning, from how effective organization enhances retrieval and use of information to what impacts motivation. Integrating theory with real-classroom examples in practice, this book helps faculty to apply cognitive science advances to improve their own teaching. One reviewer wrote: “Whether you think you are a seasoned veteran or new to the profession, this book is a must read for college faculty.”

Why participate? To connect with colleagues. To stimulate thinking about our teaching practice. And because it is just a great book!

Books will be provided to participants. 


D2L 10.3 Basic Part 1
Tuesday, Dec. 16

Time: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Center for Online Learning
Energy Park Place
1380 Energy Park Lane, Suite 104-13
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Instructor: Travis Morgan
Registration Deadline: Dec. 5 

D2L Boot Camp is run to equip professors with the essential tools that will make them successful within the online learning environment.

This course is for everyone who has an instructor role at Metropolitan State University. New Online and Hybrid instructors will benefit from this course as will in-class instructors who use, or wish to expand their classroom into, D2L.

This workshop will cover

  • News Items
  • Content
  • Links
  • Discussions
  • Groups

This will be in a computer lab environment with instruction given followed by immediate hands- on practice

Participants require approval to take the workshop from both their department chairs and their deans. Participants will receive a stipend upon successful completion of the course.

Register by completing the Registration Form and sending an email to online.training@metrostate.edu. When registering, type “Fall 2014 Faculty Workshops” in the subject line of your email. All workshops are free of charge.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Online Learning and Center for Faculty Development. 


Career Development Think Tank
Dec. 16, Feb. 17, April 21, June 16 (third Tuesday of the month, every other month)
Time
: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, Library 308

Like the Advising Council, the Career Development Center staff wants to create an ongoing forum for dialogue, information exchange, and innovative ideas on helping our students realize their career aspirations. The Think Tank will provide an educational component to spark the discussion component. The Think Tank will leap beyond thinking to action, all sorts of actions big and small, individual and collective. Helping 12,000 students reach their career goals needs to be a campus-wide effort.

The inaugural session will start with the article Thriving in the Brave New World of Career Services by Manny Contomanolis and Trudy Steinfeld. It’s a quick and interesting read: http://www.metrostate.edu/applications/drep/files/Thriving_in_the_Brave_New_World_of_Career_Services.pdf

A smorgasbord of career-related articles, books, guest speakers, presentations, trainings, and videos will be suggested. The group will shape the list of topics, which will include:

  • What Should I Major In? Is that the right question to ask?
  • Essential Labor Market Information and Resources
  • Career Development Models: should we develop our own?
  • 10 Future Trends in College Career Services
  • Technology: favorite tools our students should know about
  • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Real Life Career Stories: Student and Alumni Panel
  • MPR recent Daily Circuit: Are liberal arts degrees as important as they used to be? http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/daily-circuit-liberal-arts  

All faculty and staff welcome! Questions? Contact Bill Baldus at william.baldus@metrostate.edu

 


D2L 10.3 Basic Part 2
Thursday, Dec. 18
Time: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Center for Online Learning
Energy Park Lane, Suite 104-13
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Instructor: Travis Morgan
Registration Deadline: Dec. 9 

This workshop builds on the skills learned in D2L 101 Boot Camp part 1 and covers the following:

  • Dropbox
  • Rubric
  • Quizzes
  • Grades
  • Tying it all together

This will be in a computer lab environment with instruction given followed by immediate hands- on practice

Participants require approval to take the workshop from both their department chairs and their deans. Participants will receive a stipend upon successful completion of the course.

Register by completing the Registration Form and sending an email to online.training@metrostate.edu. When registering, type “Fall 2014 Faculty Workshops” in the subject line of your email. All workshops are free of charge.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Online Learning and Center for Faculty Development.

 


Spring 2015 Faculty Learning Circle on the Scholarship of Online Learning
First meeting: Friday, Jan. 9
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: TBD

Are you interested in examining the research and evidence base surrounding effective pedagogical/andragogical practices in online education? Are you ready to collect and analyze data from your own online classes? Or are you teaching online and interested in deepening your knowledge of best practices through interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration? If so, the Center for Faculty Development warmly invites you to participate in a Faculty Learning Circle on the Scholarship of Online Learning during the Spring 2015 semester.

The goals of this learning circle are to:

  • Create a space for dialogue about best practices in online learning,
  • Widen the circle of faculty members who undertake and promote best practices in online teaching, learning and research, and
  • Deepen relationships among faculty to promote the possibilities for research and other scholarly activities related to online learning.

We anticipate that we will engage in the following activities. However, ultimately the group will choose its own leaders and its own agenda.

  • Study and discuss general research or broader scholarly writings on pedagogical/andragogical practice in online environments,
  • Identify ideal methods for conducting student/teacher interactions that facilitate student learning,
    Explore differences between synchronous and asynchronous discussion and student participation,
  • Examine good models of assessment for determining student competency and overall course outcomes,
    Discuss appropriate research methodologies, and
  • Collaborate on the design and implementation of research studies related to online teaching and learning

The Faculty Learning Circle on the Scholarship of Online Learning will meet monthly during the Spring 2015 semester. Depending on the level of interest, the Learning Circle will reconvene during Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. Online participation will be possible.

Our first meeting will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 1:30-3:00. The remaining monthly meeting times and locations will be negotiated based on participants’ preferences and availability. Those who express interest in participating will be polled for their meeting time/day preferences around the end of November.

Reading for the first meeting, “Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning, A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies,” US Department of Education, 2010 (https://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/tech/evidence-based-practices/finalreport.pdf), will provide a framework for conversation that draws on your own experience and questions.

If you are interested, please complete this online form: http://goo.gl/forms/PYknJQA3EX

Your responses will help us to gauge interest in the Faculty Learning Circle and provide us with information that will allow us to better tailor the program to the diverse talents and interests of the participants.

If you have questions about the Faculty Learning Circle, please feel free to send them to Sue Fitzgerald at sue.fitzgerald@metrostate.edu.


This event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.

 


Digital Storytelling Workshop
Friday, Jan. 16 & 30, Feb. 13 & 27

Time: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, Founders Hall L122
RSVP to Anne Aronson at anne.aronson@metrostate.edu
Limited space available

Questions? Contact Anne Aronson at anne.aronson@metrostate.edu

This event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.

 


Career Development Think Tank
Feb. 17, April 21, June 16 (third Tuesday of the month, every other month)
Time
: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, Library 308

Like the Advising Council, the Career Development Center staff wants to create an ongoing forum for dialogue, information exchange, and innovative ideas on helping our students realize their career aspirations. The Think Tank will provide an educational component to spark the discussion component.

For the educational piece, a smorgasbord of career-related articles, books, guest speakers, presentations, trainings, and videos will be suggested. The group will shape the list of topics, which will include:

  • What Should I Major In? Is that the right question to ask?
  • Essential Labor Market Information and Resources
  • Career Development Models: should we develop our own?
  • 10 Future Trends in College Career Services
  • Technology: favorite tools our students should know about
  • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Real Life Career Stories: Student and Alumni Panel
  • MPR recent Daily Circuit: Are liberal arts degrees as important as they used to be? http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/daily-circuit-liberal-arts  

All faculty and staff welcome! Questions? Contact Bill Baldus at william.baldus@metrostate.edu  


Faculty Learning Circle on Community-Engaged Scholarship (Full)
Dates
: Fridays, Feb. 20, March 20 and April 17
Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Community.engagement@metrostate.edu
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: CWA Conference Room at Energy Park Place (EPP), 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 205
Registration deadline: July 25 (Registration closed - full)

Are you interested in integrating community engagement activities into your course design and scholarship, but unsure how to begin? Or, are you already utilizing community engagement and interested in deepening your knowledge of best practices through interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration? If so, the members of the ICES Faculty Work Group warmly invite you to participate in a Faculty Learning Circle on Community-Engaged Scholarship during FY15.

The goals of this learning circle are to:

  • Create a space for dialogue about the foundational elements of community-engaged scholarship,
  • Widen the circle of faculty members who undertake and promote best practices in community-engaged teaching, learning and research, and
  • Deepen relationships among faculty and the possibilities for interdisciplinary community-engaged scholarship.

A common text, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, will provide a framework for conversation that draws on your own experience and questions.  


Faculty Learning Circle on Community-Engaged Scholarship (Full)
Dates
: Fridays, March 20 and April 17
Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Community.engagement@metrostate.edu
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: CWA Conference Room at Energy Park Place (EPP), 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 205
Registration deadline: July 25 (Registration closed - full)

Are you interested in integrating community engagement activities into your course design and scholarship, but unsure how to begin? Or, are you already utilizing community engagement and interested in deepening your knowledge of best practices through interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration? If so, the members of the ICES Faculty Work Group warmly invite you to participate in a Faculty Learning Circle on Community-Engaged Scholarship during FY15.

The goals of this learning circle are to:

  • Create a space for dialogue about the foundational elements of community-engaged scholarship,
  • Widen the circle of faculty members who undertake and promote best practices in community-engaged teaching, learning and research, and
  • Deepen relationships among faculty and the possibilities for interdisciplinary community-engaged scholarship.

A common text, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, will provide a framework for conversation that draws on your own experience and questions.  


Spring Faculty Conference - Inspiring Active Learning
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Location: St. Paul Campus
Keynote speaker TBD

The days of students sitting passively (should) have gone the way of the chalkboard. Do you emphasize active learning in your classroom? Are students engaged in meaningful, active ways? Is your class focused on your learners and not on you? Join us as we discuss active teaching and learning experiences with colleagues. Examples of active learning include community engagement, structured discussion models, role play or case study enactment, classroom response systems (clickers), flipped classrooms and other creative, interactive approaches to teaching and learning.

The call for proposals can be found at http://www.metrostate.edu/msweb/resources/academic_ss/ctl/conference_proposals.html. The proposal deadline is November 14.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.

 


Career Development Think Tank
April 21, June 16 (third Tuesday of the month, every other month)
Time
: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, Library 308

Like the Advising Council, the Career Development Center staff wants to create an ongoing forum for dialogue, information exchange, and innovative ideas on helping our students realize their career aspirations. The Think Tank will provide an educational component to spark the discussion component. The Think Tank will leap beyond thinking to action, all sorts of actions big and small, individual and collective. Helping 12,000 students reach their career goals needs to be a campus-wide effort.

The inaugural session will start with the article Thriving in the Brave New World of Career Services by Manny Contomanolis and Trudy Steinfeld. It’s a quick and interesting read: http://www.metrostate.edu/applications/drep/files/Thriving_in_the_Brave_New_World_of_Career_Services.pdf

A smorgasbord of career-related articles, books, guest speakers, presentations, trainings, and videos will be suggested. The group will shape the list of topics, which will include:

  • What Should I Major In? Is that the right question to ask?
  • Essential Labor Market Information and Resources
  • Career Development Models: should we develop our own?
  • 10 Future Trends in College Career Services
  • Technology: favorite tools our students should know about
  • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Real Life Career Stories: Student and Alumni Panel
  • MPR recent Daily Circuit: Are liberal arts degrees as important as they used to be? http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/daily-circuit-liberal-arts  

All faculty and staff welcome! Questions? Contact Bill Baldus at william.baldus@metrostate.edu

 


Career Development Think Tank
Tuesday, June 16
Time
: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, Library 308

Like the Advising Council, the Career Development Center staff wants to create an ongoing forum for dialogue, information exchange, and innovative ideas on helping our students realize their career aspirations. The Think Tank will provide an educational component to spark the discussion component. The Think Tank will leap beyond thinking to action, all sorts of actions big and small, individual and collective. Helping 12,000 students reach their career goals needs to be a campus-wide effort.

The inaugural session will start with the article Thriving in the Brave New World of Career Services by Manny Contomanolis and Trudy Steinfeld. It’s a quick and interesting read: http://www.metrostate.edu/applications/drep/files/Thriving_in_the_Brave_New_World_of_Career_Services.pdf

A smorgasbord of career-related articles, books, guest speakers, presentations, trainings, and videos will be suggested. The group will shape the list of topics, which will include:

  • What Should I Major In? Is that the right question to ask?
  • Essential Labor Market Information and Resources
  • Career Development Models: should we develop our own?
  • 10 Future Trends in College Career Services
  • Technology: favorite tools our students should know about
  • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Real Life Career Stories: Student and Alumni Panel
  • MPR recent Daily Circuit: Are liberal arts degrees as important as they used to be? http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/daily-circuit-liberal-arts  

All faculty and staff welcome! Questions? Contact Bill Baldus at william.baldus@metrostate.edu

 



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