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Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Events


Yoga and Meditation
Friday, 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.

 


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

 


A Conversation with Barbara Jacoby, author of "Service-Learning Essentials"
Wednesday, Dec. 17

Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Campus Compact Webinar (free)
Register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ea1vh21z8742cf28&llr=p4gsr8cab

Please join us for this free online discussion between Barbara Jacoby and the 2014 Ehrlich Award winner Leda Cooks about Dr. Jacoby’s new book and service-learning best practices. Now available for purchase, Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned, is organized in an accessible question-and-answer format, the book responds clearly and completely to the most common questions and concerns about service-learning. Each chapter addresses issues related to individual practice as well as to the collective work of starting and developing a service-learning center or program, with examples drawn from a variety of disciplines, situations, and institutional types. The questions range from basic to advanced and the answers cover both the fundamentals and complexities of service-learning. Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions.

Questions? Contact Emily Wood, Director of Communications, Campus Compact , 617-3571881, x 206

 


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
Fridays, Jan. 16 & 30, Feb. 27 (plus an optional open lab on Feb. 13)
Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: L122 Founders Hall, St. Paul Campus
Facilitator: Anne Aronson, Department of Communication, Writing and the Arts
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: Register by sending email to Anne Aronson at anne.aronson@metrostate.edu

This workshop will lead you through the process of creating a digital story from start to finish. Digital stories are short videos that incorporate narrative, still and moving images, and music to tell a story. They can be used both as student assignments and as teaching tools. The workshop will provide instruction in creating digital stories on an iPad, but participants may choose to do their work on a PC or Mac, or on an Android tablet.

To register for the workshop, contact Anne Aronson (anne.aronson@metrostate.edu). Seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Workshop participants using an iPad may need to purchase one or more low-cost apps.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.

 


Advising and the Completion Agenda: Strategies for Student Success
Group Viewing and Discussion of NACADA Webinar

Thursday, Jan. 29
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, LIB 301

Higher education institutions are working furiously to achieve President Obama's goal to increase the number of students who complete degrees, certificates, and other credentials by 2020. In our September 2014 webinar, Advising and the Completion Agenda: Key Voices in Higher Education, our panelists shared an overview of the major issues that are a part of the Completion Agenda. In this follow-up Web Event, led by NACADA Associate Director Jennifer Joslin, NACADA members will share advising strategies that can be adapted and used around the globe to meet persistence and completion goals.

Questions? Contact Kate Southwick at kate.southwick@metrostate.edu

 


Career Development Think Tank
Tuesday, 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  


Academic Advising for Military Students
Group Viewing and Discussion of NACADA Webinar
Wednesday, Feb. 18

Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, LIB 301

In February 2014, NACADA's Advising Veterans, Military Students & Family Members Interest Group and Advising Students with Disabilities Commission jointly sponsored Soldiers to Students: Academic Advising for Returning Veterans, in which our panelists discussed issues that veterans may experience and shared strategies for assisting student veterans. Webinar participants have responded with appreciation for the information previously shared and requests to "dig deeper" regarding the needs of current military students, as well as student veterans. Jill Geisler Wheeler, a panelist from the 2013 broadcast, will serve as moderator for a new team of panelists, who will share information and practices gleaned from their experiences advising these students. Topics to be addressed include:

  • What does it mean to be "military-friendly"?
  • Navigating the complexities of military life
  • Advising Online
  • Military benefit processes and procedures
  • Collaborating with the VA
  • Identifying struggling students
  • Green Zone training
  • Academic self-management for military students

Questions? Contact Kate Southwick at kate.southwick@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.  


Advising Strategies for Students on Academic Probation
Group Viewing and Discussion of NACADA Webinar
Tuesday, March 3

Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, LIB 301

In 2010 and 2013, the NACADA Probation/Dismissal/Reinstatement Issues Interest Group sponsored webinars in which panelists shared information and strategies for assisting students who are on academic probation, facing dismissal, or seeking reinstatement. Laying the foundation for this topic, they discussed how we define "student on academic probation," factors that place students at risk for being placed on probation, typical probationary policies, stakeholders responsible for supporting students on academic probation, and the role and responsibilities of those who advise these students. Institutional programs that are supportive of this student population were discussed and useful resources shared.

Webinar participants have responded to these events with appreciation for the information, ideas, and materials previously shared and requests for additional strategies to assist them in meeting the needs of these struggling students. PDR Issues Interest Group Chair Joy Cox has responded to those requests with the development of a Pocket Guide and recruitment of articles for NACADA's quarterly e-publication, Academic Advising Today, on this topic. On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Joy will return to the AdvisorConnect venue with authors from these publications to discuss the good work being done at their institutions to help academically at risk students find their way to successful degree completion.
Topics to be addressed include:

  • What happens when chronically struggling students are given another chance?
  • Maximizing the use of an early alert system through advisor outreach
  • Individualizing an academic probation program through institutional partnerships and selective technology systems

Questions? Contact Kate Southwick at kate.southwick@metrostate.edu  

 


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

 


Academic Advising and Social Justice: Privilege, Diversity, and Student Success
Group Viewing and Discussion of NACADA Webinar
Thursday, April 23

Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

Academic advisors and advising administrators must understand social identities in order to identify the challenges students face when interacting with various campus systems. However, advising professionals are often untrained in dealing with issues of privilege and diversity. In this Web Event, sponsored by the NACADA Diversity Committee and led by NACADA Technology in Advising Commission Chair Julie Larsen, our panelists will share information and strategies that can help advisors form stronger relationships with students, identify specific challenges and roadblocks facing students, and create individualized solutions to increase success and retention. In addition, they will discuss ideas for reconceptualizing advising around issues of social justice which can foster both the ability and the responsibility to be voices for change at our institutions.

Questions? Contact Kate Southwick at kate.southwick@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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