January 2008 Archives

The Office of Classroom Management (OCM) has constructed two pilot project classrooms that are designed as student-centered, integrated, flexible, active learning spaces. The two classrooms are Electri­cal Engineering/Computer Science 2-260, which seats 45, on the East Bank and Biological Sciences Center 64, which seats 117, on the St Paul campus.

These pilot classrooms are intended to stimulate interest in new and innovative classrooms, to demonstrate new flexible classroom construction techniques, and to allow faculty and student assessment of new classroom designs and pedagogy.

Resources for Teaching with Technology

| 1 Comment

This is a resource list for GWSS community members, produced for the Feminist Teaching with Technology workshop conducted by Rachel Raimist on January 30, 2008 in the Feminist Media Center (FMC), 468 Ford Hall.

Course Website Tools:

WebVista (formerly WebCT): http://webvista.umn.edu/
- request a WebVista Site: http://webvista.umn.edu/forms/request-site.shtml
- most widely used course website system on campus

Moodle: https://moodle.umn.edu/
- course website tool that has simple interface for students

UMN Supported Technologies:

Web Mail: http://mail.umn.edu
- interface to check email from any computer connected to the Internet

MyU Portal: http://www.myu.umn.edu
- your information and technology gateway at the U
- MyU Portal Tutorial: http://uttc.umn.edu/training/resources/portal/orientation/index.html

UMConnect (formerly Breeze): http://umconnect-support.umn.edu/
- on-demand and live communications over the web for classes, conferences, and presentations
- Example of Breeze Project for GWSS 3307 Feminist Film Studies - https://umconnect.umn.edu/gwss1/

UMChat / Jabber: jhttps://chat.umn.edu/
- campus chat tool

UMCal: https://umcal.umn.edu
- university calendaring system, great for booking group meetings

UMN Wiki: https://wiki.umn.edu/view/Main
- editable webpages

CLA Netstorage: http://netstorage.cla.umn.edu/
- storage system; great for file backups

Electronic Portfolio: https://portfolio.umn.edu/portfolio/index.jsp
- secure web site at the University of Minnesota for entering, saving, organizing, viewing, and selectively sharing personal educational records

Personal Webspace: http://www1.umn.edu/adcs/help/webpage.html
- your free space on the web

CLA Media Mill: http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/
- site to help you convert, compress, archive and distribute video and audio content on the web
- overview video is here

Blogging at the University of Minnesota:

UThink Blog Homepage: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/
- Start your own blog: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/uthink/start.phtml
- Learn about ways to use blogs: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/uthink/ways.phtml

Examples of GWSS Course Blogs:
GWSS 1001 - 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
GWSS 3302 - 1
GWSS 3306 - 1
GWSS 3307 - 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
GWSS 3390 - 1
GWSS 4103/5104 - 1
GWSS 4403 - 1
GWSS 8490 - 1

Examples of UThink Feminist Personal / Community Blogs:
GWSS Community Blog - http://blog.lib.umn.edu/gwss/blog
Rachel's Spot - http://blog.lib.umn.edu/raim0007/RaeSpot/
Feisty Femmes - http://blog.lib.umn.edu/women/feistyfemmes/
UofMFeminist - http://blog.lib.umn.edu/englu057/gwss3307/
CyborgsDoDance - http://blog.lib.umn.edu/doer0026/cyborgs/
Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast - http://blog.lib.umn.edu/perry032/impossible/

Technical Training:

University Technology Training Center:http://uttc.umn.edu/training/

UTTC CLA Get Wired FREE classes: http://uttc.umn.edu/training/GetWired/

Self-paced CD-Rom Tutorials (FREE!): http://uttc.umn.edu/training/tutorials/tutorials_list.jsp
Online Tutorials: http://uttc.umn.edu/training/tutorials/index.jsp

Teaching with Technology Support:

Academic and Distributed Computing Services: http://www1.umn.edu/adcs/index.html
- ACDS runs the help desk, can help with privacy and security issues (passwords), free Microsoft Office and other software for all students and faculty

ADCS Technology Helpline: http://www1.umn.edu/adcs/help/index.html
- call 612-301-4357 (on campus, dial 1-HELP) for any computer / tech help

Digital Media Center (Helping Instructors Teach with Technology): http://dmc.umn.edu/
- articles, podcasts, information, funding and resources for teaching with technology
- DMC Teaching Strategies Site: http://dmc.umn.edu/teach.shtml

University Computer Services:http://www1.umn.edu/ucs/
- software purchases, refurbished computers for sale

CLA Office of Information Technology (CLAOIT): http://www.claoit.umn.edu/
- free loaner computers, video and digital still cameras, tripods

UMart: http://umart.umn.edu/
- discounts on new and used hardware, discounted software

GWSS Community Pizza Party!

The Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies will be holding a welcome/welcome back pizza party!

Thursday, January 31
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
in 440 Ford Hall (our beautiful, redecorated lounge space).

We will have some great opportunities to get involved in the department, t-shirt design and art contests, information on scholarships and awards and prizes too.

Please join us for pizza, beverages and fun. All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

For more information, contact the undergraduate advising office at ayles001@umn.edu or 612-624-6809.

Workshop: Feminist Teaching with Technology

GWSS Tech Talk: Feminist Teaching with Technology Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 12 - 2 p.m. in the Feminist Media Center (FMC), 468 Ford Hall Facilitator: Rachel Raimist - raim0007@umn.edu

In this GWSS Tech Talk / FEMINIST MEDIA CENTER (FMC) workshop, I will share some theories and practices of feminist teaching, learning, research, and creativity using technology. I will use examples from GWSS courses: GWSS 1001:Gender, Power and Everyday Life: An Intro to GWSS, GWSS 3002:Feminist Thought and Theory, GWSS 3307 ( small enrollment class) + (large enrollment class 1 + 2: Feminist Film Studies, and GWSS 3390: Feminist Media Making: Theory + Practice.

In this session, I will:

  • Demonstrate multiple uses of course blogs: as tools to create community, continue/deepen course discussions, post reading responses, track news items, post event info, and easily share media content to all members of the classroom community for large and small course enrollments

  • Demonstrate key uses of WEBVISTA (formerly WebCT): site as a reading repository for enrolled students, place of accessible web links, announcements, computer-graded quiz tools, message boards, chat rooms, calendar tool, gradebook, and other helpful features

  • Illustrate uses of UMN supported multimedia tools: BREEZE, MOODLE, WIKIs, JABBER, and other digital media tools offered through MyU PORTAL

  • Share UMN tech resources - free and low cost classes, free CD-rom, tutorials, and new state of the art available for course use

  • Start a GWSS community blog to post events, calls for papers, funding opportunities, and other information of interest to our community (and everyone will learn how to post to this blog during this session)

Bring your questions and an open-mind to this session! I look forward to seeing you there.

Please RSVP to raim0007@umn.edu if you are planning to attend this session.

Seating is limited. RSVP is not required, but encouraged!

UMN Feminist Blog - Feisty Femmes

Check out the UMN Feminist Blogosphere:


In November 2008, a special issue of Gender & Development will focus on Gender, Development and Leadership. Gender & Development provides a opportunity for all involved in development which upholds gender equality and women's rights to reflect on their work and share learning. Published three times each year, each journal issue focuses on a particular 'hot topic' in gender and development. In addition there are resources listings and non-thematic reviews of recent publications in the field, as well as a section on Views, Events and Debates.

Women's Student Activist Collection

WSAC friends and allies: Welcome back to another year with WSAC!

We are having many exciting plans for this spring including… a performance piece called Monday Night In Westerbork by S.Bergman (Feb 25), film series focusing on Consumerism, a five step series Feminist Self-Defense training with FEMA (Mar 26- Apr 23), International Women’s Day celebration (Mar 15), an event with speakers interrelating Feminism and Disability, our annual Revolutionary Art Thing with workshops and performances with the Poetic Assassins and MORE!!!

Thinking of joining WSAC? You should! Come to our first meeting on Wednesday Jan 30th at 12.30 pm. We will also have some open houses in a near future that you also can attend to learn more about us.

Thanks for your support!

TA Web Certification

The Digital Media Center (DMC) and Academic and Distributed Computing Services, Office of Information Technology (OIT), once again invite teaching assistants (TAs) to participate in the TA Web Certification Program. This program prepares TAs to assist faculty members with the planning, design, creation, and evaluation of course Web sites. It also provides them with the necessary skills to maintain these Web sites. There will be one non-credit session offered this spring on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. beginning February 6 and running through April 30, and one 2-credit version, NURS 5113, that is open to all graduate students and meets from 9:05 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays throughout the semester.

The TA Web Certification Program offers free Web design training and pedagogical instruction in a blended learning format that involves both face-to-face and online learning experiences. Taught by a group of professionals from OIT, the program includes seminars, hands-on software training, and online activities and assignments designed to teach TAs how to develop and support learning in pedagogically effective course Web sites.

As an additional benefit, when TAs complete the requirements and receive a certificate in the non-credit program, we will supply a free copy of Adobe® Dreamweaver® to the sponsoring faculty member.

For more details about the program, including a complete schedule and registration information, please see http://dmc.umn.edu/ta-web/.


Facebook, Linkedln, MySpace -- these and other online networks connect millions of people every day. But how do online networks affect learning and communication? What are the educational, cultural, political, commercial and ethical implications of intersecting virtual and physical communities? How can research relationships in academic settings be better facilitated and structured by modern technologies?

Join us as we explore the brave new world of “Networks & Neighborhoods in Cyberspace?

February 11, 2008 from 8-4:30pm
Walter Library - 4th floor, Digital Technology Center (U of M East Bank campus)

Registration is FREE and includes continental breakfast, lunch buffet and refreshments.

Note: Only attendees can apply for $250,000 MN Futures Grants!


Welcome to the GWSS Community Blog!

This a new project of the UMN GWSS Feminist Media Center (the FMC). It is a blog for members of the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department to post calls for proposals, events, funding opportunities, and news items of interest to GWSS.

If you have any questions on how to post, what to post, or ideas you have for this blog, please email GWSS grad student, Rachel at raim0007@umn.edu.

Happy posting!


  • GWSS Course Blogs: 2009-2010

  • Helen Hawthorne Hartung Award Competition Idalia Robles De Leon

  • Helen Hawthorne Hartung Award Competition Jerod Greenisen

  • Links

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries from January 2008 listed from newest to oldest.

February 2008 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.