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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Professional Learning Communities

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/cetl/professionallearningcommunities.html

The flagship of CETL is the professional learning community. These interdisciplinary groups meet regularly to explore teaching and learning topics. Perhaps better known as “certificate programs,” the professional learning communities allow faculty with common interests or concerns to share and reflect.

Please note that the certificate programs offered through CETL are for professional development only and do not confer a degree. Professional development credit hours will be submitted towards non-credit hours on the semester following completion of training. Registrations will be on a first come, first served basis until training sessions are full.

TO REGISTER, go to the following page and follow the instructions

http://www.mnsu.edu/cetl/programs/index.html

New in 2017-18

Second Year Cohort, Online Teaching SIG, Post-Tenure SIG, Universal Design for Learning, and an Adjunct Faculty group that is online to accommodate this group’s challenging schedules.

Not in Mankato? No problem!

We can arrange TelePresence or WebEx for any of the trainings. Please email us at least one week in advance to ensure we can set up the videoconference. 


 2017-18 Professional Learning Communities

Department Chairs

Department chairs play an essential role in the functioning of the university. The Department Chairs learning community gives new and experienced chairs an opportunity to learn more about the responsibilities of the position, to identify resources within the university, and to connect with other faculty who serve in this important capacity. 



Commitment: One meeting per month in fall and spring semesters.
Facilitator: Jennifer Veltsos (CETL)

Dates/Times: To be decided by the participants




New Faculty Cohort

Through 36 weekly emails and 6 meetings, the CETL New Faculty Cohort will support faculty through their first year at the university. By the end of the academic year, participants will able to identify important services for teaching and advising students, develop their instructional design competence, and plan for professional success in teaching, scholarship, and service. The cohort’s Common Read for Spring 2018 semester will be Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Teaching, Scholarship, and Service (Pope-Ruark, 2017).

Commitment: One meeting per month in fall and spring semesters.
Facilitator: Jennifer Veltsos (CETL)
Dates/Times: To be decided by the participants


Second Year Cohort

This new professional learning community is designed to continue supporting faculty through their probationary period. The group will meet monthly for informal meetings to discuss the increasing responsibilities of teaching, scholarship, and research and reflect upon challenges and lessons learned during their first year at the University.

Commitment: One meeting per month in fall and spring semesters.
Facilitator: Jennifer Veltsos (CETL)
Dates/Times: To be decided by the participants


Adjunct Faculty. Designed specifically for adjunct faculty, we have developed an online version of our Faculty Teaching learning community. Learn about instructional design, active-learning strategies, rubrics, and teaching with technology. Participants get confidential, constructive feedback on their teaching from a peer faculty consultant and/or student consultant.  



Commitment: TBA
Facilitator: Jennifer Veltsos (CETL)


Days/Times: To be decided by participants

Online Teaching SIG

This group is intended for experienced online teachers. You know how to build an online course. You know how to prepare materials and manage students. But maybe things feel a little stale. Maybe you’re looking for new ideas. Maybe you’re looking for solutions to vexing issues of pedagogy, instructional design, or technology. Think of this learning community as a support group for online teachers. There is no official curriculum, just a chance to connect with others who experience some of the same joys and frustrations of teaching online.

Commitment: One meeting per month in fall and spring semesters
Facilitator: Jennifer Veltsos (CETL)

Dates/Times: To be decided by the participants


 

Post-Tenure Faculty SIG

Has post-tenure malaise set in? You spent years working toward tenure and promotion, but now that those goals have been met, what’s next?  How do you maintain your energy and enthusiasm, continue (or change) your research agenda, and set goals for the next chapter in your career? The new Post-Tenure Faculty SIG is an informal monthly gathering of tenured faculty at any level of seniority.

Commitment: One meeting per month in fall and spring semesters
Facilitator: Jennifer Veltsos (CETL)

Dates/Times: To be decided by the participants




Build Your Online Course Bootcamp

This boot camp-style workshop will help you develop your first online course in time to teach in the fall semester. Join the campus instructional designers and CETL to learn best practices of online teaching and get one-on-one assistance in designing and developing your course. The boot camp is open to all faculty who will be teaching online in the 2017-18 academic year. 


Day 1: Where do we start? Planning the course with backward design & course maps


Day 2: What will we do? Developing activities


Day 3: How do we recognize learning? Developing assessments


Day 4: How do we build it? Using D2L Brightspace


Day 5: Now what? Ongoing support, user experience, and accessibility
  

Not in Mankato? Join the Build Your Online Course Boot Camp virtually via WebEx. For more information, contact Jennifer Veltsos at jennifer.veltsos@mnsu.edu or call 389-3233.  

Commitment: 10 hours of meetings + work on your own
Facilitator: Jennifer Veltsos (CETL)
Dates/Times: August 7-11, 2017, 8:30 - 10:30 AM

Certificate of Excellence in Online Teaching & Learning

These workshops go beyond the technology of online teaching to create an awareness of how to effectively engage students and improve learning in the online environment. Our first semester will feature introductory modules to Online Teaching & Learning, Backwards Design, and Basic Technology Tools that are available through our campus. In the second semester, the program will be tailored to individual participant’s needs and interests. Upon completion of the program, participants will have completed an online project and the initial Quality Matters training as well. 



Commitment: One meeting per month in fall and spring semesters.
Facilitator: Michael Manderfeld (ATS)
Dates/Times: Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm, 9/13/2017, 10/18, and 11/8
Location: ML 94B - TelePresence & Conference Room
Maximum Registrations: 14 online and in-person
 




Quality Matters Cohort

Prepare your course for a Quality Matters peer review. This cohort is reserved for experienced online teachers. For more information about QM, visit http://www.mnsu.edu/its/academic/quality/. To find out if you qualify for the QM Cohort, contact Michael Manderfeld.

Commitment: One meeting per month in fall and spring semesters
Facilitators: Emily Stark (Psychology) and Michael Manderfeld (ATS)

To register, contact Michael Manderfeld




Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources are one way instructors can help students reduce the ever-increasing costs of higher education. This learning community will introduce you to OERs and help you find potential OER materials for your own courses. Participants in this certificate program will: Define the term Open Educational Resources; Identify potential OER for their own courses; describe the impact of the use of OER on their students; Compare OER materials to those currently in use; and Formulate a plan for adoption or partial adoption of OER materials.



Commitment: One meeting per month in fall and spring semesters
Facilitator: Carrie Miller (ATS)

Dates/Times: TBA




Interactive Theater of -isms

In this “Interactive Theater for Student Learning,” participants will help co-create aspects of the Certificate in a safe learning environment. We will focus on increasing awareness and reflection around tough issues such as racism, sexism and other forces that work to diminish rather than empower individuals. The certificate will use the principles of Interactive Theater to equip participants with vocabulary and tactics to negotiate meaning and respond to forms of oppression or injustice. Participants’ stories as well facilitators’ stories and experiences will help focus on scenarios that can be shared across campus.

Commitment: One meeting per month in fall and spring semesters
Facilitator: Timothy Berry (Education)

Dates/Times: TBA




Flipped Instruction Classroom Model

Flipped Instruction certificate program is being cancelled for Fall semester. Check out our registration closer to Spring semester to see if this training will be offered during Spring semester.

Team-Based Learning

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a collaborative, constructivist learning activity that works well with large classes. Join this learning community to learn the four essential principles of TBL, identify the benefits of TBL, and list the steps to implement TBL in a course. The facilitators have successfully used TBL in their courses for several years. To learn more, visit https://www.teambasedlearning.org/definition/

Commitment: Four consecutive weeks in Fall 2017 semester
Facilitators: Mary Hadley (Chemistry) and Danae Quirk Dorr (Chemistry)

Dates/Times: Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00am, 9/6/2017, 9/13, 9/20, and 9/27
Location: ML 88A - Conference Room
Maximum Registrations: 8 in-person
        

Assessment Certificate Training Offerings

Assessing student learning is a critical component of effective teaching. To support these activities, Dr. Paul Mackie, Professor and University Assessment Coordinator offers two different professional development learning opportunities; Assessment of Student Learning and Program-Level Assessment.

Assessment of Student Learning

Target Audience:  This information is especially helpful to new faculty seeking to develop student learning assessment skills as they begin their careers in higher education, but benefits all faculty members interested in assessing student learning at the classroom level.

This certificate program focuses on assisting faculty members to better assess course-level student learning, use data for ongoing improvement, and think strategically at a “systems” level. A variety of books, articles, small-group activities, and discussions will be used to deliver this curriculum. Topics to be addressed include:
1) Backward Design and Learner Outcomes
2) Foundational knowledge of assessment
3) Formative assessment
4) Alternative Summative Assessment, and
5) Large Group Assessment


Commitment: Five consecutive weeks during fall semester
Facilitator: Paul Mackie (IRPA and Social Work Faculty)

Dates/Times: 9/19/2017, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, and 10/17 from 11:00am to Noon.
Location: ML 95B - TelePresence & Conference Room
Limit of participants: 15 in-person and online

*NOTE:  A second weekly session may be created for those who cannot attend during the dates set above.  Please email Dr. Mackie at paul.mackie@mnsu.edu and share times that fit with your schedule.

Program-Level Assessment

Target Audience:  Program Assessment Coordinators, Department Chairs, Program Directors, and anyone interested in learning more about assessing student learning at the program level.

This certificate program focuses on identifying key elements associated with assessing student
learning at the program level. Participants will learn how to guide, develop, and integrate
student-learning outcomes across the curriculum.

Participants will also learn how to connect learning outcomes to multiple goals and missions,
develop strategies to effectively “close the data loop,” and apply findings that enhance
student learning. A variety of books, articles, small-group activities, and discussions will be
used to deliver this training.

Commitment: Five consecutive Thursdays during fall semester
Facilitator: Paul Mackie (IRPA and Social Work Faculty)

Dates/Times: 9/21/2017, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, and 10/19 from 2:00-3:00pm.
Location: All meetings will take place in ML 95B - TelePresence & Conference Room with the exception of 10/12 is scheduled in ML 88A - Conference Room.
Limit of participants: 15 in-person and online.

*NOTE:  A second weekly session may be created for those who cannot attend during the dates set above.  Please email Dr. Mackie at paul.mackie@mnsu.edu and share times that fit with your schedule.

 

Writing Across the Curriculum trainings

WAC: Building a Better Writing-Intensive Course from A to Z

Target Audience: Any faculty teaching writing-intensive courses.

This certificate program will assist faculty members from any discipline in creating or revising a writing intensive course that they teach. Designed for new and experienced WI faculty alike, this certificate uses John Bean’s enormously popular writing-across-the-curriculum text Engaging Ideas to help faculty develop a more satisfying WI course. Through monthly discussions and hands-on tasks, faculty will grapple with challenging WI-related topics like designing assignments, treating grammatical errors, and grading student writing. All participants will be given a copy of Engaging Ideas and will leave the program with ideas and materials they can incorporate into any course with a writing component.

Commitment: Six consecutive weeks during fall semester
Facilitator: Dr. Heather Camp, Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator (English)

Dates/Times: Two groups have been formed on Thursdays and Fridays. Training began on 9/14/2017.

 

Tentative Spring Certificate Trainings

Game-Based Learning

Game-Based learning is a blanket term used to describe a variety of techniques such as gamification, the use of simulations, or the use of games in the classroom. This certificate program will introduce participants to GBL and walk them through the selection process for class materials and strategies. Participants in this certificate will: Define the term Game-Bases Learning; Identify potential opportunities to use games in their own courses; Describe the impact of the use of game-based learning on their student; Formulate a strategy to incorporate game-based learning in their curriculum.

Commitment: One meeting per month in spring semesters
Facilitator: Carrie Miller (ATS)

Dates/Times: TBA




Universal Design for Learning

Accessibility is crucial for student success, and the easiest way to ensure accessibility is to build it into your course rather than trying to retrofit things later. Experts from the Office Of Accessibility Services and guest speakers from the university's faculty and staff will help us learn about Universal Design for Learning, a set of flexible approaches to course and materials design that can be adjusted to accommodate a variety of needs. 
To learn more about Universal Design for Learning, visit http://www.udlcenter.org 



Commitment: One meeting per month in the Spring 2018 semester
Facilitator: Julie Snow and Beth Claussen (Accessibility Services)
Dates/Times: TBA




Technology Tools

This is a hands-on series of workshops designed to give you practice with some of our Enterprise Tools for teaching and Learning. Some of the tools we will use include Office 365 and OneDrive; Qualtrics; Social Media; Video Conferencing Tools; Screencasting Software; and Web 2.0 tools. Participants will need to bring their own devices.


Commitment: One meeting per month in the Spring 2018 semester
Facilitator: John Bayerl (ATS)

Dates/Times: TBA


Flipped Instruction Classroom Model

Flipped Instruction inverts the traditional classroom model by moving direct instruction to individual learning time and using group time for application, practice, and creative activities. This learning community uses the Flipped Instruction Model to learn about it: Prior to attending a session, participants will view a lesson taught by a professor who uses the Flipped Instruction Model. During face-to-face meeting time, participants will self assess their understanding, clarify misconceptions and share examples to deepen understanding of the process of flipped instruction. To learn more about flipped instruction, visit https://flippedlearning.org/ 



Commitment: One meeting per month in fall and spring semester
Facilitators: Danae Quirk Dorr (Chemistry) and Michael Manderfeld (ATS)

Dates/Times: TBD
Location: ML 94B - TelePresence & Conference Room
Maximum Registrations: 14 online and in-person