Office of Online Learning Calendar
Monday, July 11th
Applying the D2L Course and Page Templates: Summer 2022
Whether you are new to online teaching and learning or an experienced user of D2L Brightspace, you can use the pre-formatted HTML Templates and Course Template as starting points when designing a new course or re-designing an existing course. The templates provide you with example materials and course layout that you may copy and edit as appropriate for your needs. This two-week short course will help you learn the skills necessary to apply and edit the provided templates.
Monday, July 11th
Aligning Instructional Strategies with Kaltura MediaSpace: Summer 2022
You may have used Kaltura MediaSpace as the quickest way to record your screen for a lecture, or as a place to store your recordings. Now is the time to reflect and identify the instructional objective first and consider the best tool for the job. By the end of this three week course you will be able to identify and apply instructional strategies that utilize Kaltura MediaSpace tools and corresponding effective practice instructional strategies-when and why you might select these practices.
Wednesday, July 13th
10:00 am - 11:00 pm via Zoom
Creative Commons Basics
Are you interested in sharing your work with the world as an open educational resource? Have you heard about Creative Commons licenses but want to learn more about how they supplement federal copyright law and allow you to manage your intellectual property? Established in 2021, Creative Commons helps educators address the restrictions of copyright law and leverage the power of technology to share their creations with others. In this webinar, we will cover the basics of Creative Commons as an organization, a set of licenses, and a movement.
Monday, July 18th-August 7th
Introduction to Antiracist Pedagogy: Summer 2022
Through engaging in the work of the training, faculty will be able to:
- Define antiracist pedagogy as an individual and community process, and why that is important
- Learn strategies for sustained critical self-reflection as a foundation for antiracism work
- Begin applying antiracist pedagogy to their classes, across their curriculum in their departments, and across their college
Monday, July 18th – August 7th
Classroom Reflection to Classroom Inquiry: Summer 2022
This course is an introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) that will help participants establish a basis for turning reflection into SoTL inquiry. Module 1 provides an overview of SoTL, including its history and process. Module 2 integrates participants’ reflection on teaching and learning into the process of doing SoTL and explores existing literature around an inquiry theme. Module 3 narrows the inquiry theme to questions and provides the groundwork for SoTL project development.
Monday, July 18th
Webinar 12:00 P.M.-1:00 P.M.
What’s New in D2L Brightspace: July 2022
This webinar will focus on new features and changes in the July 2022 release (Version 20.22.07) that will be available in D2L Brightspace starting Thursday, July 21.
Tuesday, July 19th
10:00 am - 11:00 am via Zoom
Logins and Captions and Breakouts, Oh My!
Has anyone ever entered your room without your permission when you thought you had the waiting room enabled? Want to know why some students can choose their own Breakout rooms and others can’t? Do you want to create an equitable learning experience for your students in Zoom? In this webinar, we’ll explore some of the settings and aspects of Zoom that commonly affect both faculty and students and work together to find ways to educate our students about how to use zoom in our classrooms.
Wednesday, July 20th
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm via Zoom
Creating a Culturally Responsive Syllabus
The course syllabus is, as William Germano and Kit Nicholls note in their subtitle of their 2020 book Syllabus, “The Remarkable, Unremarkable Document that Changes Everything.” So, it’s the middle of the semester, but it’s never too soon to be thinking about how you might consider elements within the syllabus that can remove barriers to understanding the system of your class and how it works-basically, make it a more welcoming document and, as a result, a more welcoming class. Come to the webinar to ideas and share ideas!
Tuesday, July 25th – August 14th
Empathy by Design: Summer 2022
This course is intended for Minnesota State faculty who are either teaching or planning to teach an online or hybrid course and are interested applying evidence-based strategies for humanizing the learning experience through effective facilitation and course design.
This is a facilitated, collaborative learning experience that models many of the humanizing strategies that instructors might choose to include in their own courses. Participants will learn experientially by engaging with an instructor and colleagues from across the system in activities that showcase humanizing practices in action.
Faculty will develop their professional knowledge by reviewing the current theory and research in the area of humanizing online learning and engaging in independent reading in their own disciplines, contributing what they discover to a shared knowledge base. They will then reflect on their own teaching style and practices and select evidence-based, humanizing instructional strategies for implementation or refinement in their own online courses. They will evaluate and select specific techniques and tools for supporting those strategies and learn how to apply them.
By the end of the course, faculty will be able to make informed decisions regarding humanizing instructional strategies, they will have a fully articulated plan for implementing and refining two or three humanizing strategies in their own courses, and they will have the opportunity to join a growing learning community through which they can continue to learn and share the results of their humanizing strategies with colleagues from across the system.
Monday, July 25th- August 14th
Accessible Digital Media: Summer 2022
Captions, transcripts, and audio descriptions make multimedia more accessible. They help provide additional access for vision or hearing impairments, learning disabilities, noisy environments, non-fluent speakers, and others.
This short course will help you understand the important definitions surrounding accessible media, the existing laws and policy standards that help ensure equitable access. The course will show the importance of having accessible features for media as well as effective ways to add audio descriptions, captions, and transcripts with our existing technology services.
Ensuring that all media is accessible is one way to help improve student success and lead to a more equitable delivery for all.
Monday, July 25th- August 14th
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Summer 2022
Our chancellor has given us the challenge of eliminating our equity gaps by 2030. How can we, as instructors, shift our teaching practices to meet this goal? One promising path is to ground those practices in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. In this introductory course, we’ll have the opportunity to examine how well our current practices align with the central tenets of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. CRP advocates that good teaching draws on the knowledge and skills our students bring to the classroom, creates supportive relationships that allow students to take learning risks, and prepares students to challenge barriers to their full flourishing. In this course we will increase our knowledge of some foundational CRP practices.
Training expectations are weekly short readings and weekly contributions to asynchronous discussions focused on how we might incorporate CRP into our teaching practices. All participants will receive a copy of Zaretta Hammound’s Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, which will be an option reading for the short course.
Thursday, July 27th
10:00 am - 11:00 am via Zoom
Finding and Using Open Educational Resources
This webinar will demonstrate how you can use the pre-formatted HTML templates as a starting point for creating Content pages in D2L Brightspace. The templates provide you with example materials and page layouts that you may copy and edit as appropriate for your needs. This webinar walks through the steps of selecting and revising the templates to make dynamic, accessible, and professional looking Content pages.
Thursday, July 28th
9:30 am - 10:30 am via Zoom
Applying Content Page Templates in D2L Brightspace 2
Looking for that perfect image to insert into your PowerPoint slide? Searching for a soundtrack for your course welcoming video? If you mix Creative Commons licensed work into your own creations, how do you cite your work? Can you share copies of it? In this webinar, we will explore some popular repositories of Creative Commons licensed open educational resources and discuss the consequences of combining them with your own instructional content.
To view past live session recordings and resources, please visit our Online Learning Workshops document.