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Active Learning Classrooms

Join us next Tuesday, November 10th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, for 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.

Register for the webinar at Please forward this on to anyone on your campus who might be interested.

Link to the Virtual Room:

Or join by phone:

+1 646 568 7788 (US Toll) or +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 672 493 176


CCUMC Leadership in Media and Academic Technology.

EduCause learning space rating system.

McGill Principles for Designing of Teaching and Learning Spaces has rubric

most useful technology in an ALC appears to be the whiteboard.

Whiteboards are also very glitchy. Projecting my tablet or laptop is just as effective–with less glitches

evidence that students are reluctant to engage in active learning.

the U has done work, but the “Canadians have the process”

the support faculty gets from technicians: two week in the beginning of the semester in a new classroom.

what is the most important goal of your college education and therefore of this course: a. inquiring information b. learning how to sue information and knowledge in  anew situation c. developing skills to continue learning after college

  1. creativity
  2. computer skills
  3. GPA cutoff above 3.0
  4. problem solving skills
  5. teamwork skills
  6. verbal communication
  7. written communication skills  instructor will have students use in classes to identify problems engaging in a virtual field trip. student engagement

design thinking

wikispaces as GOogle docs, MS Word 16, work collaboratively

not group, but team. team work very important

take what we learned in ALCs to traditional large lecture halls

blending the formal with the informal (including outdoors)

connecting ALCs together across distance

thinking about gear (raised floors, smart kapp boards)

redesigns of large introductory courses

How-To Redesign Webinars: November and December of 2015 

Each hour-long webinar will introduce one of NCAT’s recently published how-to guides followed by a case study of a highly successful course redesign. After a presentation, the lead faculty member will be available to answer questions and provide additional specifics about the redesign. The following topics and speakers are planned:

  • November 10, 2015 at 1 pm EST: How To Redesign A College-Level or Developmental Math Course Using the Emporium Model. This seminar will showcase NCAT’s guide to redesigning a single math course using the Emporium Model and will include a case study of Louisiana State University’s redesign of College Algebra presented by Phoebe Rouse.
  • December 8, 2015 at 1 pm EST: How To Redesign A Developmental Math Program Using the Emporium Model. This seminar will showcase NCAT’s guide to redesigning a developmental math program using the Emporium Model and will include a case study of Leeward Community College’s redesign of its four-course developmental math sequence presented by Eric Matsuoka.

You must register for each webinar, but there is no registration fee. Go to to register for one or more of these webinars.

Videos of Prior Webinars

Videos of the following prior webinars may be accessed at

  • Redesigning American History and European History at SUNY Potsdam
  • Redesigning College Algebra at the University of Central Florida and the University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Redesigning Computing and Information Literacy at Arizona State University
  • Redesigning developmental math at Cleveland State Community College, Chattanooga State Community College, Manchester Community College and Northwest-Shoals Community College
  • Redesigning developmental math and English at Austin Peay State University
  • Redesigning developmental reading at Northeast State Technical Community College
  • Redesigning The Economic System at Buffalo State University
  • Redesigning General Biology at Fairfield University
  • Redesigning General Psychology at Frostburg State University and the University of New Mexico
  • Redesigning Principles of Chemistry at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Redesigning Science: Biology and Chemistry
  • Redesigning statistics at Niagara County Community College
  • Redesigning Women in Society at Arizona State University
  • Getting Started on Course Redesign: examples of how redesign efforts began at both four- and two-year institutions

MediaSpace Lecture Capture

[technology] MnSCU Special Interest Group – New October Webinar – Leveraging MnSCU MediaSpace Through Integration With Cloud-based Lecture Capture

Join us next Tuesday, October 27th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, for a special SIG Series webinar: Leveraging MnSCU MediaSpace Through Integration With Cloud-based Lecture Capture

Are you looking for a more affordable and sustainable way to capture classroom lectures?  Or perhaps that is not even an option due to the on-going costs. Riverland recently replaced its Echo360 system by paring AV-to-IP encoders/decoders with a centrally located array of capture devices, which are integrated with MnSCU MediaSpace. This eliminates the need for a dedicated capture device in each room, as well as the on-going licensing costs of proprietary lecture capture systems. Join us as J.C. Turner shows us how the system works and how you can add this to your campus.

J.C. Turner, Ph.D., is the Director of Instructional Technology and Intellectual Property at Riverland Community College. He has more than 25 years of experience in higher ed, including 15 years of university teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels in electronic media, information and telecommunications, video production, and multimedia authoring. He oversees the library and Office of Instructional Technology, and serves as Riverland’s intellectual property officer and Quality Matters coordinator.

Register for the webinar at Please forward this invitation to others on your campus who might be interested.

COLL150 ideas

Practical Tactics for Building Academic Grit

Effective interventions to build student resilience and grit.

earn how to identify specific resiliency challenges and offer practical solutions for students. Whether identifying campus resources or coaching students directly, you will leave this training better able to promote performance and persistence. Gain a number of effective interventions that you can start using immediately both in person and online to help students:

  • Build self-efficacy in the classroom
  • Improve faculty interaction skills
  • Overcome life barriers
  • Integrate into campus life and culture