The purpose of the Center for Teaching and Learning is to provide support and development opportunities to enable Augsburg faculty, staff, and leadership to co-create “an educational experience like no other.”

Upcoming Events

Please see the calendar below for upcoming events. Click the “+Google Calendar” icon on the lower right to subscribe. Scroll down on this page to see detailed event descriptions.

Adjunct Workshop Stipends

Adjunct instructors are eligible to receive a $50 stipend for attending selected workshops during the semester they are on contract. Attendance is not always communicated to CTL and stipends are not processed automatically. Please email ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted and the stipend will be processed. Workshops for which adjuncts may receive a stipend are noted below.

May 2018

Monday, May 7th | Assessment Workshop
9:00-1:00 p.m.
East Commons



Tuesday, May 8 – Friday, May 11 | Four Days in May

The Center for Teaching and Learning is capitalizing on a successful run last year and is offering all professional development workshops and discussions over a span of a few days.  Our hope is that engaging sessions, time to share a cup of coffee, and some experiential learning opportunities will provide opportunities for both professional development and community building.

Adjunct instructors are eligible to receive a $50 stipend for each workshop they attend during Four Days in May. Session organizers will have sign-up sheets so please be sure to record your presence before leaving each workshop.

RSVP  for Four Days in May

Four Days in May ZOOM Sessions 

If you’re not able to be on campus for “Four Days in May,” we have another option for you. The E-Learning Team has set up ZOOM for the following events:

Library Research Tools: May 8th, 2:00-3:15 p.m.     ZOOM (Library)
Portfolio Workshop: May 9th, 1:00-4:30 p.m.     ZOOM (Portfolio)
Experiential Education: May 11th, 9:00-10:15 a.m.     ZOOM (Exp)
Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation: May 11th, 9:00-10:15 a.m.     ZOOM (Letters)
Teaching Sustainability: May 11th, 12:30-3:30 p.m.     ZOOM (Sustainability)



Go With the Flow: Tools to Foster CLEAN Design
9:00-10:15 am, Tuesday, May 8
HC 150 A
Jenny Hanson and the E-Learning Team
Effective online course design is learner-centered—clearly communicating the goals, methods, and requirements of the course—to ensure students are engaged and connected. Building your Moodle course according to the principles of CLEAN (Consistent, Linking, Engaging, Accessible Navigation) design reduces structural stress and creates a coherent learning environment. Bring your laptop and a syllabus from a course you would like to CLEAN up.

10:15-10:45 am
HC Kennedy Commons

Can One Size Fit All: Exploring Principles of Universal Design for Instruction
10:45-12:30 pm, Tuesday, May 8
HC 150 A
Kathy McGillivary
Can One Size Fit All: Exploring Principles of Universal Design for Instruction
In recent years, the diversity of students within our classrooms has been increasing. It is not uncommon to find English language learners, students with disabilities, single parents, and members of a host of other groups in the same class. In this workshop, Kathy McGillivray, Director of CLASS/Disability Resources, will facilitate an exploration of the principles of universal design for instruction. By utilizing these concepts in the design and delivery of courses, professors can decrease the need for specific “accommodations,” and create environments where all students can learn and demonstrate their knowledge. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a syllabus for a course where they want to incorporate principles of universal design.
After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:
· Explain the benefits of implementing principles of universal design of instruction.
· Identify seven principles of universal design for instruction.
· Apply at least three of these principles to a course they are currently teaching.

Faculty Learning Technology Showcase
12:30-1:30 pm, Tuesday, May 8
HC 150 A+B+C
E-Learning Team

Please join us for an opportunity to observe how your colleagues are employing various learning technologies in their teaching and research. CTL will supply sandwiches so you can munch as you stroll the exhibits where the faculty listed below will provide brief demos of ways they are using Moodle and other learning technologies to enhance their teaching and scholarship.

Stu Anderson (Google Forms for peer review)

Nishesh Chalise (Screencasting)

Katie Clark (VoiceThread)

Carol Enke (Rubrics & Grading guides)

Jenny Hanson (Moodle quizzing)

Diane Pike (Vocaroo for grading)

Ana Ribeiro (Moodle Lesson)

Kaycee Rogers (annotated video)

John Schmit (Moodle grading guides)

Liaila Tajibaeva (ArcGIS for research)

James Vela-McConnel (Moodle course design)

Maheen Zaman (Curatescape)

Library Research Tools                                          Can’t join us in person? Join us by ZOOM (Library)
2:00-3:15 pm, Tuesday, May 8
HC 152
Mary Hollerich
Please join us as we unveil the latest library resources and showcase the many ways in which librarians can assist you in your teaching and research. Liaison librarians will be on hand to answer your questions about library services and collections designed specifically for your subject specialty. Come hear about our newest digital initiatives, wander through our exhibits, and learn how to:
• Incorporate electronic resources such as ebooks and streaming video/audio into classroom instruction
• Develop your students’ information literacy skills through library instruction classes, research consultations, and IL tutorials
• Publish faculty and student research to a global audience using the library’s institutional repository Idun
• Publish electronic journals or newsletters and to create/manage campus events such as convocations using Idun
• Lower your students’ textbook costs by incorporating open textbooks and open educational resources (OERs) into your curriculum
• Locate potential grant funding agencies using Foundation Directory Online



Retaining Transfer Students in STEM: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
9:00-10:15 am, Wednesday, May 9
HC 150 A+B
Rebekah Dupont and Nancy Rodenborg
This presentation has three goals: 1) To inform the Augsburg community about Augsburg’s record of funded NSF programming to support STEM student persistence through graduation and beyond; 2) to highlight current interdisciplinary NSF-funded research between Augsburg’s STEM and Social Work programs; and 3) to initiate conversation among Augsburg community members about ongoing and future interdisciplinary programming and research at Augsburg.
Participants will be invited to share their own interdisciplinary programming and research projects at Augsburg. We will invite discussion of successes, barriers to interdisciplinary collaboration, and ways to promote cross-department research and programming efforts at Augsburg.

10:15-10:45 am
HC Kennedy Commons

LEADERSHIP. What do we mean? Why do we need it?
10:45-12:00 pm, Wednesday, May 9
HC 150 A+B
Alan Tuchtenhagen and Tom Morgan
Leadership is a process as much as it is an individual attribute. Defining it and/or recognizing it can be confusing. Do we know it when we see it? How is it different from management? What do we need to know about leadership to help us do our work?
Leadership is not limited to those with administrative appointments. In a shared governance environment, we are expected to serve on committees; provide direction for the day-to-day/year-to-year activities of our departments and programs; counsel and mentor students and colleagues; as well as contribute to our disciplines. What does all this have to do with leadership?
This session will explore the concept of leadership, how it plays out in an institution like Augsburg, and how a clearer understanding of the leadership process can help us navigate the myriad of responsibilities that come with being a faculty member.

Food Lab Open House
10:45-12:30 pm, Wednesday, May 9
HC 108
Ben Stottrup
The Hagfors Center presents faculty and staff with the opportunity to teach and plan learning experiences in an exciting new space. Come check out the Food Lab and see how you might take advantage of this space for your own courses. Use the space for a single demonstration experience or plan an entire lab course, come see how you might utilize this resource. We will demonstrate some of the tools in the Food Lab and have treats available. Let us work together to build a culture of experiential education around food, we have the space to do it.

Portfolio Workshop                                                     Can’t join us in person? Join us by ZOOM (Portfolio)
1:00-4:30 pm, Wednesday, May 9
HC 151
Diane Pike, Bonnie Tensen, and Jill Dawe
This tenure and review portfolio workshop is intended to help faculty prepare for non-tenure track reviews, third-year reviews, Tenure, and Promotion with special focus on ways to demonstrate effective teaching at Augsburg. Faculty will share pragmatic advice about the process and purpose of review, interpretations of the expectations by level of review, and ideas and examples for writing a personal statement, building a portfolio, and organizing materials on Moodle. Bring your questions and come prepared to participate actively in reflection and discussion about our work as faculty at Augsburg. All faculty are welcome, with a special invitation for faculty up for a scheduled review in 2018-19 or 2019-20.

Faculty Connections with Cedar-Riverside
1:00-4:00 pm, Wednesday, May 9
Meet in HC Atrium
Mary Laurel True
Enjoy and an afternoon in the neighborhood with faculty from a number of departments (Business, Religion, Education and Music) who will introduce you to a community organization that they’re connected within Cedar-Riverside and how their engagement there has enhanced learning for their students.



CIC Conference
8:30 am-12:45 pm, Thursday, May, 10
HC 150 A+B
The CIC Conference will feature a keynote address by  Nehrwr Abdul-Wahid as well as small group discussions, a panel discussion about faculty and staff experiences, and a session on reducing bias.

See the CIC agenda for more details.

Lunch provided.

Managing classroom concerns for 21st-century learners
1:30-3:00 pm, Thursday, May 10
HC 150 A+B
John Zobitz and Nancy Fischer
In this panel discussion, we will address strategies for some common issues we face when teaching: attendance, cell phone usage, and creating a classroom where everyone is welcomed and valued.



New Framework for Experiential Education at Augsburg     Can’t join us in person? Join us by ZOOM (Exp)
9:00-10:15 am, Friday, May 11
HC 150 A
Elaine Eschenbacher, Rachel Svanoe, Green Bouzard
Learn about the new definition and framework that was developed in this year’s strategic initiative on experiential education. Help shape the implementation of this framework and brainstorm fundraising cases to support experiential education.

Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation                      Can’t join us in person? Join us by ZOOM (Letters)
9:00-10:15, Friday, May 11
HC 150 B
URGO Staff
Typically we are not taught how to write letters of recommendations, yet we are expected to do so (and more frequently than we would like). Rarely do we get feedback on what we have written because there is not a culture of seeking feedback and our busy schedules prohibit it. In this session, we will cover some essential components of letter writing, consider samples of quality letters and hear from colleagues who read letters as part of graduate/professional/national fellowship applications. We will also talk about how our biases can creep into our letters. Finally, we will brainstorm how to manage the process of students requesting letters—e e.g., how to say no, be clear about the potential limits of a letter, how much advanced notice and what items we need from students to write effective letters—with the goal of developing a Requesting Letters Information Packet for students that could be housed at the URGO web site.

10:15-10:45 am
HC Kennedy Commons

Augsburg IRB Changes and Challenges
10:45 am-12:00 pm, Friday, May 11
HC 150 A
Milda Hedblom, Scott Krajewski, Ben Denkinger, and Ana Ribeiro
The IRB operates generally under federal guidelines that touch on certain kinds of research we do at Augsburg. The IRB is the place where review of research subject to those guidelines happens. This program is to talk about some IRB changes and challenges that faculty might want to know about.
1.  Provide an update on the recent revision of what is known as the Common Rule as federal guidelines we need to comply within certain kinds of research we do at Augsburg. The major point is that there is not a big impact on what we do but it should be clarified. (Hedblom)
2.  Provide guidance to researchers on how to protect the data they are generating to help prevent problems of data breaches and risk reduction. (Krajewski)
3.  Brief overview on the IRB application process featuring some of our researchers to discuss their preparation for a submission to the IRB and the results of their research.

LGBTQIA+ Inclusion in the Classroom
10:45 am-12:30 pm, Friday, May 11
HC 150 B
Michael Grewe
This workshop will give faculty an opportunity to explore ways to provide more inclusive and equitable environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) students on campus. Participants will gain knowledge, skills, and resources around activities, curriculum inclusion, use of language, syllabus statements, and other useful details.

Teaching and Learning Environmental Sustainability In Your Courses       Join us by ZOOM (Sustainability)
12:30-3:30 pm, Friday, May 11 (Lunch Included)
HC 151
Christina Erickson
In this workshop, we hope to widen the circle of those involved in teaching activities related to Environmental Sustainability. Based on the nationally recognized Ponderosa/Piedmont model, participants will engage in stimulating discussion and activities and begin developing learning activities that incorporate environmental sustainability. Join us for lunch and an opportunity to learn more about incorporating sustainability across our academic disciplines. Participants will be invited to develop a new teaching and learning module over the summer and implement it in the next school year. A $100 stipend is offered to each participant of this workshop with an additional $150 stipend once the learning activity is incorporated into a course. Opportunity for full course development and financial support to do so will also be shared.

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Four Days in May Schedule Subject to Change

Wednesday, May 16-Friday, May 18 | Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat | Dunrovin Retreat Center, Marine on St. Croix, MN

Do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write/work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty and academic staff time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. The Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning will cover the cost of the retreat. We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event. Our time begins at 1pm on Wednesday and ends at 1pm on Friday. Space is limited to full-time faculty members.

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