Educational Development Digest | August 2019

News & Events

New Digest Title and Schedule

If you read the Faculty Development Digest in the past, you’ll notice that the digest has a new name, the Educational Development Digest. This new title reflects a change to how the field of faculty development is broadening to include all those that support student learning. This year, the digest will be posted to the ASA Newsletter and we’ll send an email to our listservs to alert you of its monthly availability.

Program Director for Educational Development Announced

Catherine Ford
Program Director for Educational Development at Minnesota State

The Educational Innovations of Academic and Student Affairs, welcomes Catherine Ford as the new Program Director for Educational Development with Minnesota State. Catherine holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership from Saint Mary’s University. With more than eighteen years in education, Catherine most recently served as the program coordinator for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. The SoTL Scholars program provides the time and space for faculty members to develop and execute scholarly research about pedagogical practices in their classrooms with the intent to publish study results.

Catherine’s enthusiasm and experience is a great match for Minnesota State as we work to eliminate the student success gap. She will be a critical member of the newly launched Network for Educational Development and will help coordinate development opportunities that support system-wide initiatives and priorities including equity and inclusion efforts, culturally responsive pedagogy, open educational resources, and quality improvement process/online teaching.

Please join us in welcoming Catherine as she starts in her new role on Tuesday, August 13.

Events Calendar Launches

Last week, Senior System Director of Educational Innovations, Kim Lynch, shared news about the availability of a new Network for Educational Development events calendar. If you haven’t already, check this new service out and search for upcoming development opportunities at

Upcoming Events for the Month of August and September

Listed below is a selection of events from the events calendar that are coming up in the next two months. Check the events calendar for new events.

D2L Brightspace Semester Start-up Series – Brush up on your D2L technical skills before the semester starts with these free, hour-long webinars:

August 12Copy Course Components
August 13Manage Dates
August 14Classlist and Email
August 15Quiz Import
August 19Respondus Quiz Generator

Zoom Information Sessions – Join Minnesota State staff for a guided tour of Zoom, our new web conferencing software.

August 20
August 28
September 4
September 13

Course Design and Delivery

September 18Accessibility, UDL, and You
September 25Increase Student Engagement with Discussion Boards

OER Opportunities

September 6OER Learning Circle Applications Due
OER Learning Circles provide faculty, from across the system the opportunity to collaborate with others committed to redesigning courses and/or creating materials to eliminate textbook costs for students. The equivalent of .5 RCE is available to participating faculty.

September 16OTN Webinar
These webinars introduce OER, creative commons licensing, and the work with the Open Textbook Library. Minnesota State Faculty participating in this webinar may review an open textbook and receive a $200 honorarium once the review is completed. Register by September 12, 2019.

September 20Z-Degree Project Applications Due
Minnesota State invites campuses within the system to submit an interest application as the first step to participate in the Z-Degree Project (Zero Textbook Cost Degree). Log in using

September 23CC Certificate for Librarians
This is an in-depth course about CC licenses, open practices and the ethos of the Commons. The Minnesota State system office will support up to ten seats for the CC Certificate for Librarians tract of the Creative Commons Certification cohort. The fall 2019 cohort runs from September 23 – November 29, 2019.

September 30 – OER Librarian’s Workshop Day – Save the Date!
This is an opportunity for librarians and library staff in the system to network, learn more about OER, and identify how librarians can be leaders in our OER efforts. More information coming soon.

College Credentialing

August 1 – January 31Philosophy of Community and Technical College Education
This course has earned Quality Matters certification, and is a fully online, self-paced course required for all UFT college faculty.


November 5 – 6CTE Works! Summit
Registration using purchase orders and checks must be completed by September 27.

For questions please contact Megan Babel.

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