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Spring and Summer 2015 Events

Using Media to Personalize Your Course
Instructor: Mathew Nyamagwa
One-on-One Instruction by appointment only
Location: Energy Park Place, Room 104-13

This workshop introduces faculty to D2L compatible content-delivery and multimedia tools that enhance faculty-student engagement in the online environment. Tools will include:

  • Audacity (Audio Recording Tool)
  • Jing (Video/Screen Capture Tool)
  • Doceri - The Interactive Whiteboard App for IPad.
  • Desire2Learn Capture
  • Microsoft Lync

Register by completing the Registration Form and sending an email to online.training@metrostate.edu. When registering, type “Spring 2014 Faculty Workshops” in the subject line of your email. All workshops are free of charge.

*There is no stipend associated with the completion of this course.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Online Learning and the Center for Faculty Development.

 


Noontime Yoga and Meditation
Fridays, Jan. 16 – May 1

Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, Founders Hall Lower 119 (FH L119)

Feeling overwhelmed? Need a break? Join us for a one-hour yoga and meditation session, Fridays from noon to 1:00, starting January 9. Yoga practice improves flexibility and strength while promoting a calm and relaxed mind. The spring semester series will focus on the chakras, exploring the meaning of and balancing these subtle body energy points through kriyas (exercise sets) and meditation.

Exercises can be modified for varying fitness levels and no previous experience is required. To help with your comfort during meditation and with some postures please bring a yoga mat, beach towel, blanket and/or pillow. This yoga class will follow the Kundalini tradition as taught by Yogi Bhajan. IKYTA certified teachers Joyce Paxton and Sue Fitzgerald will take turns leading the class.

Questions? Contact: joyce.paxton@metrostate.edu. No reservations necessary. All are welcome to attend. This series is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.


Multi-session Faculty Discussion Group based on the book, Teaching for Critical Thinking: Tools and Techniques to Help Students
Question Their Assumptions by Stephan Brookfield
Dates: Wednesdays: Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, and April 22
Time: 4:30 p.m. -5:45 p.m.
Location: Center for Faculty Development, St. Paul Campus, Library 131 in person and remotely via Google Hangout
Facilitators: Lindsey K. Tuominen (Lindsey.Tuominen@metrostate.edu or 612-432-9351), Community Faculty, Department of Natural Sciences and Lori Schroeder, Center for Faculty Development.
Reservations required. Space is limited to 10 people.
Contact Lori.Schroeder@metrostate.edu for reservations and to arrange book pick up.

The author, Stephen D. Brookfield, holds the John Ireland Endowed Chair in the School of Education at the University of Saint Thomas here in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Brookfield has conducted critical thinking courses and workshops for over three decades and was our thought- provoking and terrific keynote speaker at Metropolitan State's 2014 Spring Teaching Workshop. This book describes how critical thinking differs across disciplines, addresses conceptual and practical challenges associated with critical thinking, and presents effective ways to teach, model, and integrate critical thinking at the course and institutional levels. The author combines clear descriptions of how critical thinking operates, sample protocols for classroom implementation, and personal anecdotes to create a highly readable book with a conversational tone.

We invite you to participate in the discussion group as a way to stimulate reflection about your teaching, connect with colleagues, and learn more from a national expert in adult education and critical thinking! This discussion group will include an opportunity to refine and receive peer feedback on a teaching activity or assignment for developing student critical thinking skills. Books will be provided to participants.

 


Career Development Think Tank
Tuesday, Feb. 17, April 21, June 16 (third Tuesday of the month, every other month)
Time
: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, Library 308

Like the Advising Council, the Career Development Center staff wants to create an ongoing forum for dialogue, information exchange, and innovative ideas on helping our students realize their career aspirations. The Think Tank will provide an educational component to spark the discussion component.

For the educational piece, a smorgasbord of career-related articles, books, guest speakers, presentations, trainings, and videos will be suggested. The group will shape the list of topics, which will include:

  • What Should I Major In? Is that the right question to ask?
  • Essential Labor Market Information and Resources
  • Career Development Models: should we develop our own?
  • 10 Future Trends in College Career Services
  • Technology: favorite tools our students should know about
  • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Real Life Career Stories: Student and Alumni Panel
  • MPR recent Daily Circuit: Are liberal arts degrees as important as they used to be?

All faculty and staff welcome! Questions? Contact Bill Baldus at william.baldus@metrostate.edu  


Faculty Learning Circle on Community-Engaged Scholarship (Full)
Dates: Fridays, Feb. 20, March 20 and April 17

Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Community.engagement@metrostate.edu
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: CWA Conference Room at Energy Park Place (EPP), 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 205
Registration deadline: July 25 (Registration closed - Full)

Are you interested in integrating community engagement activities into your course design and scholarship, but unsure how to begin? Or, are you already utilizing community engagement and interested in deepening your knowledge of best practices through interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration? If so, the members of the ICES Faculty Work Group warmly invite you to participate in a Faculty Learning Circle on Community-Engaged Scholarship during FY15.

The goals of this learning circle are to:

  • Create a space for dialogue about the foundational elements of community-engaged scholarship,
  • Widen the circle of faculty members who undertake and promote best practices in community-engaged teaching, learning and research, and
  • Deepen relationships among faculty and the possibilities for interdisciplinary community-engaged scholarship.

A common text, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, will provide a framework for conversation that draws on your own experience and questions.
  


Faculty Learning Circle on Community-Engaged Scholarship (Full)
Dates: Fridays, March 20 and April 17

Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Community.engagement@metrostate.edu
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: CWA Conference Room at Energy Park Place (EPP), 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 205
Registration deadline: July 25 (Registration closed - Full)

Are you interested in integrating community engagement activities into your course design and scholarship, but unsure how to begin? Or, are you already utilizing community engagement and interested in deepening your knowledge of best practices through interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration? If so, the members of the ICES Faculty Work Group warmly invite you to participate in a Faculty Learning Circle on Community-Engaged Scholarship during FY15.

The goals of this learning circle are to:

  • Create a space for dialogue about the foundational elements of community-engaged scholarship,
  • Widen the circle of faculty members who undertake and promote best practices in community-engaged teaching, learning and research, and
  • Deepen relationships among faculty and the possibilities for interdisciplinary community-engaged scholarship.

A common text, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, will provide a framework for conversation that draws on your own experience and questions.  

 


Spring Faculty Conference - Inspiring Active Learning
Saturday, March 28

Location: St. Paul Campus
Keynote speaker: Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, Executive Director of the Academy of Educators at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

The days of students sitting passively (should) have gone the way of the chalkboard. Do you emphasize active learning in your classroom? Are students engaged in meaningful, active ways? Is your class focused on your learners and not on you? Join us as we discuss active teaching and learning experiences with colleagues. Examples of active learning include community engagement, structured discussion models, role play or case study enactment, classroom response systems (clickers), flipped classrooms and other creative, interactive approaches to teaching and learning.

Learn more ...

This event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.

 


Career Development Think Tank
April 21, June 16 (third Tuesday of the month, every other month)
Time
: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, Library 308

Like the Advising Council, the Career Development Center staff wants to create an ongoing forum for dialogue, information exchange, and innovative ideas on helping our students realize their career aspirations. The Think Tank will provide an educational component to spark the discussion component. The Think Tank will leap beyond thinking to action, all sorts of actions big and small, individual and collective. Helping 12,000 students reach their career goals needs to be a campus-wide effort.

The inaugural session will start with the article Thriving in the Brave New World of Career Services by Manny Contomanolis and Trudy Steinfeld. It’s a quick and interesting read:

A smorgasbord of career-related articles, books, guest speakers, presentations, trainings, and videos will be suggested. The group will shape the list of topics, which will include:

  • What Should I Major In? Is that the right question to ask?
  • Essential Labor Market Information and Resources
  • Career Development Models: should we develop our own?
  • 10 Future Trends in College Career Services
  • Technology: favorite tools our students should know about
  • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Real Life Career Stories: Student and Alumni Panel
  • MPR recent Daily Circuit: Are liberal arts degrees as important as they used to be?

All faculty and staff welcome! Questions? Contact Bill Baldus at william.baldus@metrostate.edu

 


Academic Advising and Social Justice: Privilege, Diversity, and Student Success
Group Viewing and Discussion of NACADA Webinar
Thursday, April 23

Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Saint Paul campus, Saint John's Hall 254

Academic advisors and advising administrators must understand social identities in order to identify the challenges students face when interacting with various campus systems. However, advising professionals are often untrained in dealing with issues of privilege and diversity. In this Web Event, sponsored by the NACADA Diversity Committee and led by NACADA Technology in Advising Commission Chair Julie Larsen, our panelists will share information and strategies that can help advisors form stronger relationships with students, identify specific challenges and roadblocks facing students, and create individualized solutions to increase success and retention. In addition, they will discuss ideas for reconceptualizing advising around issues of social justice which can foster both the ability and the responsibility to be voices for change at our institutions.

Questions? Contact Kate Southwick at kate.southwick@metrostate.edu  

 


Career Development Think Tank
Tuesday, June 16
Time
: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, Library 308

Like the Advising Council, the Career Development Center staff wants to create an ongoing forum for dialogue, information exchange, and innovative ideas on helping our students realize their career aspirations. The Think Tank will provide an educational component to spark the discussion component. The Think Tank will leap beyond thinking to action, all sorts of actions big and small, individual and collective. Helping 12,000 students reach their career goals needs to be a campus-wide effort.

The inaugural session will start with the article Thriving in the Brave New World of Career Services by Manny Contomanolis and Trudy Steinfeld. It’s a quick and interesting read:

A smorgasbord of career-related articles, books, guest speakers, presentations, trainings, and videos will be suggested. The group will shape the list of topics, which will include:

  • What Should I Major In? Is that the right question to ask?
  • Essential Labor Market Information and Resources
  • Career Development Models: should we develop our own?
  • 10 Future Trends in College Career Services
  • Technology: favorite tools our students should know about
  • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Real Life Career Stories: Student and Alumni Panel
  • MPR recent Daily Circuit: Are liberal arts degrees as important as they used to be? http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/daily-circuit-liberal-arts  

All faculty and staff welcome! Questions? Contact Bill Baldus at william.baldus@metrostate.edu

 



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