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February 25, 2009


The Moodle page that Brie is working on will soon be completed. This page will be an upgrade over our CTL internal website and will serve as our new "one stop" for resources. Moodle is relatively (in comparison to the CTL internal website) easy to use, and it has some added features (e.g. a CTL calendar on the front page for major CTL events). Thanks to Brie for all her work on this. Let Brie or Jeff know if you have any questions. We will let you know when the Moodle page officially opens....

annual report

An annual report consultative team is being assembled for the purposes of helping us best "tell the story" of CTL's impact via the annual report. David has asked Jeff to chair this team. A few CTL staff have been invited to join the team, but all CTL staff who are interested in the annual report are also welcome to join--just let Jeff know.

February 24, 2009

info about OIT from Kate

Our OIT neighbors are getting a blurb in their e-mail newsletter about all the things CTL does. I asked Lisa Keith to send us the same about them. Here it is.

*/OIT Vision/*

To be one of the best information technology support organizations in higher education.

*/OIT Mission/*

Serve as a catalyst for innovatively leveraging technology to advance and support extraordinary education, breakthrough research, and dynamic public engagement

*/OIT Goal/*

Advance the University of Minnesota’s goal of becoming one of the top three public research universities through the innovative and strategic application of information technologies.

For a longer, more indepth look at our Mission, Vision and Goals, please check out


*Java and Web Services (JaWS)* provides innovative computing solutions to a wide variety of University departments and organizations. We are focused on using cutting edge technologies to assist teaching, learning and research on campus. Our team of developers have a rich breadth and depth of experience to draw upon when working on projects.

Many of the projects implemented by JaWS play an integral part of the campus environment. Applications such as MyU Portal, WebCT Vista and UMWiki provide access to thousands of users to collaborate and learn using the internet. We provide services for interactive web pages, databases, 3D graphics, video, hosting, collaboration, customization and integration solutions. Please check out our Services page http://www.jaws.umn.edu/services.html for additional information.

February 18, 2009

I Tunes U and teaching with technology


Here's a 13-minute, online orientation to iTunes U that people might be interested in. Also, there are a number of free courses on teaching with technology offered through Univ. Tech. Training Ctr and listed at uttc.umn.edu.


February 13, 2009

Spring Teaching Enrichment Series

Jane reported that the first seminar in the series went well! It was entitled "Now, Why Would A Student Say That? Strategies for Unraveling Unanticipated Classroom Conflicts" , and it was facilitate by Ilene and others from outside CTL.

Next week Christina will be facilitating:
"Wishing Won’t Make It Go Away: Strategies for Graduate Students Navigating Academic Bullying and Other Incivilities"

Customized Workshop Series for Northwestern Health Sciences University

Mary and Anita conducted a series of workshops in partnership with the Center for Spirituality and Healing for Northwestern Health Sciences University.
1. Understanding How Learning Styles Inform Teaching Practice
2. Interactive Lecturing Strategies for Large and Small Classes
3. Facilitating Class Discussion in Large and Small Classes
4. Micro-Teaching/Coaching Session for New Faculty

February 10, 2009

*Conversation with Marcia Baxter Magolda*

Postsecondary Education Research Institute and Department of
Educational Policy and Administration
*Tuesday, February 24*
*11:05 am to 12:05 pm*
*Arthur Upson Room, Walter Library 102*
*All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend*

Baxter Magolda is Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Miami University of Ohio. She received her masters and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Higher Education. She teaches student development theory and inquiry courses in the College Student Personnel masters program. Her scholarship addresses the evolution of learning and development in college and young adult life, the role of gender in development, and pedagogy to promote self-authorship.

A SoTL conversation for February/March 2009

Marcia Baxter Magolda -- who focuses on ways in which faculty, administrators and student life professionals work together to "intentionally foster student learning" -- will be on campus during the week of 23 February for a series of workshops and conversations. Her campus-wide open conversation is on 24 February (see below). The Evidence-Based Pedagogy Group will host a CTL SoTL conversation focused on this approach to teaching and learning on 3 March. Two articles that you might read for that conversation can be found at http://tinyurl.com/aayuan -- see
"Helping students make their way to adulthood" and "A Framework for Intentionally Fostering Student Learning." Connie and Ilene will facilitate the SoTL conversation on 3 March from noon-1 pm.

February 6, 2009

All Center Staff Meeting

Tuesday, Feb 10th, 11:30-1:00 in large meeting room. More details to come!

Note from Elo

Having just spent my first full month at CTL, I want to take a moment to thank everyone for "rolling out the red carpet" on my first day at work. I got to have lunch with almost half the team on my first day here, and Jeff was very kind picking up my tab! My officemate, Paul, baked a scrumptious loaf of bread to welcome me! Others have stopped me in the hallways to introduce themselves and welcome me. Still others say hello as they walk by our office. All in all, I have had a wonderful dose of the team and collegial environment described to me during my interview. I feel lucky to be part of the team that is CTL!


Bill and Jeff are facilitating the Nursing faculty learning community on Monday. They are exploring the use of electronic (and non-electronic) portfolios in assessing nursing competencies.

Also, Jeff is working with a Preconception Conference Planning Committee, which includes folks from nursing (one from the faculty learning community), epidemiology, the MN state dapartment of health and some external sponsors (Medtronic, etc.). The committee is thinking about how to plan/design the conference using Interactive TV. The conference will be in November.

Flash memory cameras

We now have two flash memory cameras at CTL. There are some nice benefits to flash cameras (small, relatively durable, etc.), and they make it easy to download video to your computer. Once downloaded to one's computer, it is relatively easy to share and edit videos using Media Mill, a university owned software. For questions, ask Chris Parker.