August 25

Literacy nowadays

Literacy in 21st century has certainly expanded its definition. In fact, we have plenty of different definitions on different literacies.

Here is a series of mini-posters that quickly refer you to literacy definitions. Rather interesting for either classroom or online use in a course. Students should be aware of all these different ones included:

Information literacy
Visual literacy
Critical literacy
Media literacy
Tool literacy
Digital literacy
Data literacy
Global literacy
Economic literacy
Civic literacy
Health literacy
Historical literacy
Traditional literacy

digital literacy


August 19

D2L Brightspace Video Help Library

Attention instructors!

A quick way to find really short and concise videos on any feature of your D2L Brightspace course can be found here.

If you are interested in a specific feature, you can quickly search (e.g. discussions, dropbox, calendar, assessment, quizzes, chat, classlist, etc.).

Also, when you log in to your D2L, in the right upper corner you will have a box named “Instructor Help” which has the link as well.

D2L Instructor Help: Video Help Library

D2L Instructor Help, searchable videos

August 11

MOQI/MnSCU SIG Webinar Resources Now Available!!!

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In a post last month, we advertised the ongoing series of free webinars sponsored by Minnesota Online Quality Initiative and The MnSCU Special Interest Group (SIG): Learning Spaces & Instructional Technologies in association with D2L Brightspace Webinars. Check our calendar at the bottom of the A.T.T.N! homepage for upcoming events.  Also, you can now access support materials on MOQI’s resource page, including the SIG webinar presentations and handouts.

August 10

Google Earth to Educators

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“Google Earth icon remake” by Jcpag2012 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

Here is a nice post on the Digital Explorer blog on “40+ ideas on using Google Earth and Maps in the classroom,” which includes suggestions for lesson activities in pretty much every academic discipline. For even more ideas and resources, check out Panoramio and Google Maps for Education.

August 7

FREE course on Copyright for Educators and Librarians


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Coursera currently has a course available on Copyright for Educators and Librarians. I took a similar course offered by TESOL International’s EVO (Electronic Village Online) and found it to be extremely helpful. If like I was, you are unsure about using external resources, Fair Use, the TEACH Act (2002), and the Creative Commons, why not check this free course out?

August 6

St. Cloud Alumnus Champions Free Textbooks


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We mentioned David Ernst in our previous article on the MN eLearning Summit.  Ernst happens to be not only CIO at the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development but also Executive Director of the Open Textbook Network where he created the Open Textbook Library. What’s more, Dave is a St. Cloud alumnus! Please see yesterday’s news video and article about the Open Textbook Network on KARE 11.


Xiong, B. (2015, August 5). U of M explores free textbooks for students. KARE 11. Retrieved from–m-explores-free-textbooks–students/31187033/

August 5

How Digital Badges Work

Here is a neat infographic about how digital badges work. For some reason, I thought these badges I kept hearing about were more complicated than this. But no. They really are this simple. I even have one myself. I clicked a button after completing a MOOC last week, and it was magically added to my LinkedIn account. Pretty cool.

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Watch this webinar recording by the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) at the University of Texas, Austin if you would like to learn more about how one can create and issue badges.

August 5

How to Import Final Grades from D2L to ISRS

Faculty can easily import their D2L final grades into the IRSR (e-services) system. Step-by-step explanation is given in the video/presentation (WebEx recording link) and the Q&A form below. Great news!

Q: How can I set up my D2L Brightspace Grade Book to Enable Importing Final Grades from D2L into ISRS?

A: FAQ 1619 provides links to instructions for the proper set up in the D2L Brightspace Grade Book, and the steps for the import process in ISRS eServices Grade and LDA Entry.

MnSCU provided a WebEx session for CSAs and CTs on this topic last week, recording available at

Please remember that October 1, 2015 Course Purge begins for Summer 2013 (ISRS YRTR 20141) courses.

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