October 5

Recap of MOQI Webinar Learning Objectives: What, Why, Where & How

What was updated in the post: Added Webinar Summary and Bloom’s Taxonomy Action Verbs handout (click Webinar Summary for document).

MOQI Webinar Logo

Awesome webinar provided yesterday through MOQI. Beth McMahon and Robin O’Callaghan presented on Learning Objectives over the lunch hour. Effective use of action-based facilitation, Beth designed the session to include a substantial amount of interaction which increased engagement and reduced the temptation to multi-task. It was great to see other SCSU representation at the event, Dr. Kate Mooney and Dr. Kristin Portz were also in attendance.

Webinar Summary:

What: Learning Objectives form the foundation of the course and provide students with your expectations of what needs to be done to meet the objectives. They also create a bridge to align course materials, instructional activities, and assessments.

Why: Learning objectives help both the student and instructor.

How: Use ABCDs of writing learning objectives when creating learning objectives.

Where: Put your learning objectives in a number of places throughout your course to help connect the dots for your students.

“Using learning objectives helps guide and direct students creating a state of expectations and avoiding leaving them in a state of wonder,” (Beth McMahon, 2017).

If you missed this webinar, don’t worry it will be offered again next semester.

November 29

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs Poster

Global Digital Citizen Team shared a resource that can help many instructors in revising their learning objectives and adding some digital skills to their classroom.

“When using Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy (a revised take on Bloom’s devised by educator Andrew Churches), it helps to have a list of verbs to know what actions define each stage of the taxonomy. This is useful for lesson planning, rubric making, and any other teacher-oriented task requiring planning and assessment strategies.According to Churches on his wiki Edorigami, “Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy describes many traditional classroom practices, behaviours and actions, but does not account for the new processes and actions associated with Web 2.0 technologies …” This means the verbs listed below are applicable to facilitating technology use in the modern classrooms.”

Click here to learn more and download the poster.



January 4

How to Prepare D2L Brightspace Grade Book for Importing Grades into ISRS from eServices

How to Prepare D2L Brightspace Grade Book for Importing Grades into ISRS from eServices

As of July 23, 2015, faculty have the option of importing final grades from D2L Brightspace into ISRS via the eServices Grade and LDA Entry interface. 1st) Prepare the D2L gradebook settings to enable import to ISRS, and 2nd), use eServices Grade and LDA Entry to import final grades.

Please see this entry at the D2L Brightspace service desk page for full information: https://d2l.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1619/session/L3RpbWUvMTQ1MTk0MTkyMS9zaWQvQnZqOXhJRm0%3D



Email d2l@stcloudstate.edu with questions!

December 17

Prizes for the Holidays



Spread the word! If you receive this post in your email, forward it to your friends! We are looking for more subscribers! Send it to your department, colleague, best friend. For all who wish to stay updated on latest trends and events in technology and teaching. Currently we are in search for our 50th subscriber. They will get 2gb flash drives, very handy, they look like a card. Our 100th subscriber will get a SCSU lap top bag ($60 value)!

SO spread the word and let the gifting begin!

Merry Christmas from the ATT Office, MC 118. 🙂

November 5

SIG Series webinar: Tales from the National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms

Image credit: minnesota.qualitymatters.org

Image credit: minnesota.qualitymatters.org

The Minnesota Online Quality Initiative continues with their series of free webinars on various topics.

Next Tuesday, November 10th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, there is a a special SIG Series webinar: Tales from the National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms

The WSU Learning Spaces Team attended the National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities this summer and learned a lot. With topics ranging from picking whiteboards to better integrating classroom design into your campus strategic planning efforts, the conference was a treasure trove of good practices, pictures of cool new classrooms, links to useful information, and pro tips. Join us as we share what we learned at this amazing gathering. If you didn’t get a chance to go, this session will be a great opportunity to zoom in on the highlights. If you went, we would love to compare notes!

Ken Graetz, Tom Hill, Stephanie Stango, Dave Burman, and Eric Wright are all part of the Winona State University Learning Spaces Team and members of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Services unit of Information Technology Services. They attended the National Forum as a team this summer and were able to cover almost all of the sessions. Each brings a unique perspective to the discussion, from under-the-hood classroom systems design and configuration to instructional design and pedagogical strategies.

Remember to register for this webinar here and enjoy!

November 4

Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference in Miller Center

miller03-fullMark Your Calendars: November 18 – 20, 2015
The Academic Technologies Team is excited to bring you the Accessing Higher Ground virtual conference right here on campus! This conference is sponsored by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and focuses on the implementation and benefits of accessible curriculum, universal design, and legal and policy issues in higher education.

From Wednesday, November 18th through Friday, November 20th, two tracks of conference sessions will be available for viewing in the Miller Center. Feel free to stop in and attend any of the sessions that interest you. Details, including session information (click on the session name for a summary), date, time, and location, are available below. No registration is necessary, however, seating in the conference rooms is limited.

But wait! There’s more! AFTER the conference is over, we will have access to all of the streamed sessions, PLUS 2 pre-conference labs and 14 additional sessions from the conference that were not streamed live. Information will be sent out at a later date on how to access these recordings.

Please join the Academic Technologies Team November 18-20 for one or more Accessing Higher Ground conference sessions!

For more information, please contact Sara Grachek at gracheks@stcloudstate.edu or 320.308.4805.

Virtual Conference Schedule – Live Stream
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Track “A” Sessions     Miller Center Room 114
Time Session Information
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Alt Text Production: Providing More Effective Services and Promoting Student Self-Reliance, Jenna Atkinson, Utah Valley University
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. How to Write a Good Description for Visual Elements, Gaeir Dietrich, HTCTU, Robert Beach, Kansas City Kansas Community College
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Faculty Outreach – Spreading the Gospel of Alternate Format to the Faculty Front Lines, Susan Kelmer, University of Colorado Boulder
1:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Keynote Talk: Getting from Barrier-Free to Great User Experiences?, Whitney Quesenbery, UX Researcher & Director of Center for Civic Design
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. School of Social Work and Disability Resources: Working to Make Documents Distributed through LMS Accessible, Krista Greear, Univeristy of Washington
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Designing a Mobile Ready Course with Universal Design, Kate Miller, UC Denver


Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Track “B” Sessions     Miller Center Room 115

Time Session Information
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. What did I sign up for? Technology Accessibility for New Professionals, Steven Salter, Ashford University
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. What works with faculty? Results from a yearlong faculty-to-faculty accessible instructional materials workshop,   Scott Kupferman, University of Colorado
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. The Challenges of Emerging Technology in Online Education: Tips and Tools for Ensuing Accessibility in the Online Environment, Steven Salter, Ashford University
1:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Keynote Talk: Getting from Barrier-Free to Great User Experiences?, Whitney Quesenbery, UX Researcher & Director of Center for Civic Design
3:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. When the Federal Government Comes Knocking on Your Virtual Door– What to Expect in an ADA or 504 Technology Review, Mary Lou Mobley, U.S. Dept. of Education (double-session)
September 1

University Communications SCSU Brand Guidelines

Student organizations or departments presented tomorrow at MainStreet may not have known this…

In case you or your department need to use a St. Cloud State University logo, you should contact the University Communications to create one for you (unit logotype).

You can download the PDF or read the e-edition of the SCSU brand guidelines, or just quickly download the acceptable, already-made logos you can use.

SCSU Brand guideliens