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May 2021

What’s new in D2L Brightspace: May 2021 (Webinar)

May 17 @ 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Free

This webinar will focus on new features and changes in version 20.21.05, the Monthly release that you’ll see in D2L Brightspace starting Thursday, May 20, 2021. RSVP Required  Use the RSVP tool below to register.  After registering, a calendar invite with details on how to join will be sent to you, please add this event to your calendar.  Data Use: Campuses want to know if their faculty are using the educational development resources and opportunities made available from Minnesota State to best tailor…

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Open Education Network Webinar

May 17 @ 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

OEN Webinars introduce open educational resources, creative commons licensing, and the work with the Open Textbook Library at the University of Minnesota. Faculty participating in this webinar may review an open textbook located in the Open Textbook Library (open.umn.edu) and receive a $200.00 honorarium once the review is completed. Registration Deadline is May 13, 2021 Questions? Contact Karen Pikula, karen.pikula@minnstate.edu

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Teach Together Minnesota! (Conference)

May 18 @ 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Free
Teach Together Minnesota!

View the Program   Educators from across Minnesota are invited to join this free virtual event to connect with colleagues within your discipline to have facilitated discussions grounded in cultural fluency and culturally relevant pedagogies. MinnState.edu/TeachTogetherMN Registration is Closed For last minute registration contact TeachTogether@MinnState.edu.  Those who registered received a calendar appointment from ed-innovations@minnstate.edu with a link to the event webpage. This webpage will include links to all Zoom meeting locations. A password to access the webpage will be sent…

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HTML Content templates in D2L Brightspace (Webinar)

May 19 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free

Get a jump-start on creating your course Content by making use of some pre-built HTML template files available to you when building your online course materials. This webinar will walk through the steps of selecting and revising the templates to make your class shine. Dress up your class and save time with templates that are created for accessibility and designed to adapt to the student device screen size. RSVP Required  Use the RSVP tool below to register.  After registering, a…

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Five Ways to Humanize Your Online Course: Option 2 (Webinar)

May 19 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Free

Description Participants will be guided through interactive demonstrations of five specific humanizing practices they could integrate in to their own online courses. Each demonstration will focus on a specific evidence-based course facilitation or design practice using tools available to all Minnesota State instructors. RSVP Required Use the RSVP tool below to register. Reminders Coming:  We use the email address you provided to send you reminder emails as the event date gets closer, but we suggest you add this event to your calendar.  Data…

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Designing Your Course for Student Learning: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

May 24
Free 25 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Foundations

May 24 - June 13, 2021 Description  This 3 week short course provides participants an opportunity to review the design of their course so that the assignments they have planned in a course are aligned with the learning objectives students are supposed to master.  Here is what participants will do in this course:  Apply Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy to course module objectives  Select assessment tools, learning materials, and learning activities, that align with the course and module objectives  Explore various teaching and learning tools that…

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OER FAQ: May

May 24 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free
OER FAQ

Description: In this webinar, host Karen Pikula will answer questions that were commonly asked in OEN Webinars, Koffee with Karen, and the OER Learning Circles. Time will be allotted toward the end to answer any participant questions that were not answered. Submit an OER Question RSVP RSVP below to register and receive the Zoom URL and password. For more information, contact Karen Pikula, karen.pikula@minnstate.edu 

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Assessment Design for Student Motivation: Option 3 (Webinar)

May 25 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free

Boost motivation and academic honesty in your online courses. In this one-hour webinar you will learn three factors that contribute to academic motivation and some immediately applicable strategies to implement these factors in your own online courses. Outcomes At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to… List at least two factors that contribute to motivation Identify at least two assessment design strategies that support motivation Share one way they might implement these factors in their own course(s).…

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June 2021

Applying Templates in D2L Brightspace: Summer 2021 (2 week short course)

June 1
Free 19 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Academic Technologies

June 1 - June 13, 2021 Description Whether you are new to online teaching and learning or an experienced user of D2L Brightspace, you can use the pre-formatted HTML Templates and Course Template as starting points when designing a new course or re-designing an existing course. The templates provide you with example materials and course layout that you may copy and edit as appropriate for your needs. This two-week short course will help you learn the skills necessary to apply…

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Applying the QM Rubric: Summer 2021 (2 week short course)

June 1
Free 11 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Foundations

June 1 - June 13, 2021 Description  QM’s flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors. It is particularly helpful to those new to QM or those considering the adoption of a quality assurance process for online and blended learning. In addition to learning about the QM Rubric and the course review…

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Improving Online Assessments: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

June 1
Free
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Special Topics

June 1 - June 20, 2021 Description  Not only can improving online assessments more accurately capture what students know, but it can also increase learning, deter student cheating, and save you time over the long term. In this short course, you'll examine and apply principles of validity & reliability and writing effective quiz and test questions. You will then have the opportunity to evaluate and revise or develop your own online assessments. Additionally, you'll learn D2L specific strategies to improve test…

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Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Faculty Learning Community Summer 2021

June 1
Free 12 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Academic Equity

June 1 - August 22, 2021 Description Our chancellor has given us the challenge of eliminating our equity gaps by 2030. How can we, as instructors, shift our teaching practices to meet this goal? One promising path is to ground those practices in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. In this course, we’ll have the opportunity to examine how well our current practices align with the central tenets of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. CRP advocates that good teaching draws on the knowledge and skill…

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Minnesota State Law Enforcement Education Reform Taskforce Update (Webinar)

June 2 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Free

With approximately 86 percent of Minnesota’s graduates in law enforcement graduating from one of the Minnesota State colleges or universities, we recognize our important role in advancing meaningful reforms in law enforcement. While education alone is not the entire solution to police reform, it is a piece of the puzzle. Minnesota State convened a taskforce comprised of a wide, diverse, and inclusive cross section of external and internal key stakeholders - including leaders and professionals in or affiliated with law…

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Aligning Instructional Strategies with Kaltura MediaSpace: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

June 7
Free 24 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Academic Technologies

June 7 - June 27, 2021 Description  You may have used Kaltura MediaSpace as the quickest way to record your screen for a lecture, or as a place to store your recordings. Now is the time to reflect and identify the instructional objective first and consider the best tool for the job. By the end of this three-week course you will be able to identify and apply instructional strategies that utilize Kaltura MediaSpace tools to enhance your course and student learning. You…

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Creating Accessible Course Documents: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

June 7
Free 20 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Accessibility

June 7 - June 27, 2021 Description  This three week short course provides faculty and staff and opportunity to practice making digital materials accessible to those who use a screen reader. The course will introduce participants to basic techniques for using tools available in the Microsoft Office suite including Word and PowerPoint.  Additionally, participants will get an opportunity to update web pages posted to a D2L Brightspace course site using the provided HTML editor in D2L Brightspace. Course Learning Objectives …

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Humanizing Your Online Course: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

June 7
Free 27 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Foundations

June 7 - June 27, 2021 Description  This course is intended for Minnesota State faculty who are either teaching or planning to teach an online or hybrid course and are interested applying evidence-based strategies for humanizing the learning experience through effective facilitation and course design. The course is online and asynchronous. Although there are no scheduled class meetings, participants may engage in virtual meetings with other students and course instructors as needed and at their convenience. The course is designed…

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Foundations of Teaching Online: Summer 2021 (long course)

June 7
Free 30 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Foundations

June 7 - August 8, 2021 (Break 7/3 - 7/11) Course Learning Objectives Construct a course schedule, template, or outline that includes at least one learning objective for each module for your course.  Create an alignment map with your learning objective(s), assessment tool, learning activities, and materials.  Develop one assessment tool that will measure or evaluate your intended learning outcome(s).  Develop plans for your course that includes one instructional strategy for each of three elements of the community of inquiry…

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Assessment of Student Learning: Summer 2021 (Start 3 weeks)

June 14
Free 27 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Foundations

June 14 - July 3, 2021 Description How do you really know that your students are learning what you had intended?  In this course, you'll get an opportunity examine the learning objectives in your course (something your students should know or be able to do) and the assessments that are aligned to help measure and evaluate student achievement on this learning objective.  During the course, you'll have an opportunity to explore traditional assessments or performance based assessments and make improvements…

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Equity 101: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

June 14
Free 1 spot left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Academic Equity

June 14 - July 4, 2021 Course Learning Objectives  After completing the course, participants will be able to:  Define basic language surrounding equity and inclusion Critically examine ideas about people, perspectives, and experiences that are different from your own Explain the deficit vs. asset mindset and the importance of the asset mindset Reflect on your own identity and how it is constructed Identify some of our own assumptions, practices, and policies that are inequitable Explain the need for continuing education…

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Effective Course Design: Self-Check (Webinar)

June 15 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Free

Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions about your online course? Why aren't my students able to find what they need? Are my students utilizing all the resources I've provided? I would like to add or change elements of my course, but where do I start? In this webinar, we will explore approaches to assist you in doing a "self-check" of your own online course.  We will look at data analysis tools available to you in D2L and…

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Applying Templates in D2L Brightspace (Webinar)

June 16 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free

Learn how you can use the pre-formatted HTML templates as a starting point for creating Content pages in D2L Brightspace. The templates provide you with example materials and page layouts that you may copy and edit as appropriate for your needs. This webinar will walk through the steps of selecting and revising the templates to make dynamic, accessible, and professional looking Content pages. RSVP Required  Use the RSVP tool below to register.  After registering, a calendar invite with details on how to…

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Using D2L Quizzes to Assess Students (Webinar)

June 30 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

In this webinar, we will cover some tips and tricks for using D2L Quizzes to assess student knowledge and skills. Topics will include creating and using test banks and item pools, using smart testing to quiz student only on content they have not yet mastered, providing feedback, and how to make grading more efficient. RSVP Required  Use the RSVP tool below to register.  After registering, a calendar invite with details on how to join will be sent to you, please add this…

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July 2021

Designing Your Course for Student Learning 2: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

July 5
Free 29 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Foundations

July 5 - July 25, 2021 Description  This 3 week short course provides participants an opportunity to review the design of their course so that the assignments they have planned in a course are aligned with the learning objectives students are supposed to master.  Here is what participants will do in this course:  Apply Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy to course module objectives  Select assessment tools, learning materials, and learning activities, that align with the course and module objectives  Explore various teaching and learning tools that…

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Improving Online Assessments 2: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

July 12
Free 29 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Special Topics

July 12 - August 1, 2021 Description  Not only can improving online assessments more accurately capture what students know, but it can also increase learning, deter student cheating, and save you time over the long term. In this short course, you'll examine and apply principles of validity & reliability and writing effective quiz and test questions. You will then have the opportunity to evaluate and revise or develop your own online assessments. Additionally, you'll learn D2L specific strategies to improve test…

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Equity 101 2: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

July 12
Free 11 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Academic Equity

July 12 - August 1, 2021 Course Learning Objectives  After completing the course, participants will be able to:  Define basic language surrounding equity and inclusion Critically examine ideas about people, perspectives, and experiences that are different from your own Explain the deficit vs. asset mindset and the importance of the asset mindset Reflect on your own identity and how it is constructed Identify some of our own assumptions, practices, and policies that are inequitable Explain the need for continuing education…

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Humanizing Plus: Principles to Enhance Online Teaching and Learning (Webinar)

July 13 @ 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Free

Participants will review the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework: social, cognitive, and teaching presence (Garrison, Anderson & Archer, 2000), and consider specific strategies to create a more inclusive and equitable online course by focusing on four interwoven principles: trust, presence, awareness, and empathy. Participants will also have an opportunity to assess their current courses and practices and identify possible next steps in the spirit of continuous improvement. RSVP Required  Use the RSVP tool below to register.  After registering, a calendar invite with details on how…

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Update on Guided Learning Pathways – Practice Alignment Assessment Results (Webinar)

July 14 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Free

Approved by the Minnesota State Board of Trustees in November 2020 after a three-year collaborative development process, the Minnesota State Guided Learning Pathways Framework (GLP Framework) is an enterprise-level student success strategy. Building on evidence from across the nation, the GLP Framework outlines characteristics of effective practices in supporting students throughout their educational journey with academic and career planning support and advising. This spring, all Minnesota State institutions completed a practice alignment assessment to help ascertain which aspects of the…

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Improving Your Online Course: Summer 2021 (2 week short course)

July 19
Free 29 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Foundations

July 19 - August 1, 2021 Description  The “Improving Your Online Course” workshop explores the Quality Matters Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own online courses and develop a course improvement plan.  The content is based on the essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement so enrolling in the workshop with a pre-developed online course…

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Accessible Digital Media: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

July 19
Free 19 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Accessibility

July 19 - August 8, 2021 Description  Captions, transcripts, and audio descriptions make multimedia more accessible. They help provide additional access for vision or hearing impairments, learning disabilities, noisy environments, non-fluent speakers, and others. This short course will help you understand the important definitions surrounding accessible media, the existing laws and policy standards that help ensure equitable access. The course will show the importance of having accessible features for media as well as effective ways to add audio descriptions, captions,…

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Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

July 26
Free 16 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Academic Equity

July 26 - August 15, 2021 Description  Our chancellor has given us the challenge of eliminating our equity gaps by 2030. How can we, as instructors, shift our teaching practices to meet this goal? One promising path is to ground those practices in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. In this introductory course, we’ll have the opportunity to examine how well our current practices align with the central tenets of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. CRP advocates that good teaching draws on the knowledge and…

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Humanizing Your Online Course 2: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

July 26
Free 30 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Foundations

July 26 - August 15, 2021 Description  This course is intended for Minnesota State faculty who are either teaching or planning to teach an online or hybrid course and are interested applying evidence-based strategies for humanizing the learning experience through effective facilitation and course design. The course is online and asynchronous. Although there are no scheduled class meetings, participants may engage in virtual meetings with other students and course instructors as needed and at their convenience. The course is designed…

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Integrating Retrieval Practice: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

July 26 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Free 27 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Special Topics

July 26 - August 15, 2021 Course Learning Objectives  After completing the course, participants will be able to: Apply principles of retrieval practice to course design or unit development Discuss research findings connecting retrieval practice to student success Explore various teaching and learning tools that align with retrieval practice Implement strategies to support student retrieval practice Suggested Audience  Faculty (Full-time and part-time), Instructional Designers and Technologists, and Faculty Developers/Trainers.  Estimated Time Commitment  Most participants are able to complete this course…

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August 2021

Philosophy of Community and Technical Colleg​e Education – Fall Term

August 1
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 AM on day 1 of August, repeating indefinitely

Philosophy of Community and Technical College Education

You may register for this course at anytime within the course dates listed below. Course Terms Preview the Syllabus The following table illustrates course term and registration dates. They will occur the same dates each year. You may register for this course 2 months before the start dates, and up until 1 month before the end dates listed below. Term ​​Course Dates Spring December 15 - May 30 Summer May 15 - August 30 Fall August 1 - January 15…

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Aligning Instructional Strategies with Zoom: Summer 2021 (3 week short course)

August 2
Free 26 spots left
Essentials of Being a Scholarly Teacher: Academic Technologies

August 2 - August 22, 2021 Description  You may have used Zoom as the quickest way to record a lecture or try to replicate a synchronous discussion. Now is the time to reflect and identify the instructional objective first and consider the best tool for the job. By the end of this three-week course you will be able to identify and apply instructional strategies that utilize Zoom tools to enhance your course and student learning. You will be provided with Zoom tools (including breakout rooms, recording lectures, polls, and chat) and…

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Creating Authentic Assessments (Webinar)

August 4 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

Authentic assessments are creative assessments to test student skills and behaviors -- case studies, role plays, and simulations are common examples of this testing technique. This webinar will help participants devise interesting and fun ways to better assess whether students are able to put new skills into practice in realistic scenarios, using readily available tools and technologies. RSVP Required  Use the RSVP tool below to register.  After registering, a calendar invite with details on how to join will be sent to you,…

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Should I Make a Video? When, why, and how to use videos most effectively online (Webinar)

August 11 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Free

In this webinar, we will explore the research behind effective video-use in online classes, focusing mainly on learning-objectives, length, and production-value. We will also dive in to basic use of Kaltura MediaSpace, a video-creation tool available to all Minnesota State employees and students. RSVP Required  Use the RSVP tool below to register.  After registering, a calendar invite with details on how to join will be sent to you, please add this event to your calendar.  Data Use: Campuses want to know if their…

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Humanizing Plus: Elements to Create a More Inclusive and Equitable Online Course (Webinar)

August 17 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Free

Participants will be guided through an interactive demonstration of 8 specific humanizing elements to leverage learning science and culturally responsive teaching to create a more inclusive and equitable online course for today's diverse students. Participants will have an opportunity to assess their current courses and practices and identify possible next steps in the spirit of continuous improvement. RSVP Required  Use the RSVP tool below to register.  After registering, a calendar invite with details on how to join will be sent to you, please add…

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October 2021

Librarian Workdays 2021: Ignite Affordable Education

October 1 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

Academic librarians are critical partners in efforts to provide open educational resources (OER) for both students and faculty.   Educational Innovations is happy to announce two virtual opportunities for librarians and library staff from across Minnesota State campuses to come together for a day to network with colleagues, learn more about OER efforts across the system, and identify how librarians can be leaders and partners in our OER efforts. Librarian Workdays 2021: Ignite Affordable Education  October 1, 2021 |  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Flyer – Spread…

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Librarian Workdays 2021: Affordable Education Explosion

October 15 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

Academic librarians are critical partners in efforts to provide open educational resources (OER) for both students and faculty.   Educational Innovations is happy to announce two virtual opportunities for librarians and library staff from across Minnesota State campuses to come together for a day to network with colleagues, learn more about OER efforts across the system, and identify how librarians can be leaders and partners in our OER efforts.  Librarian Workdays 2021: Affordable Education Explosion  October 15, 2021  |  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Flyer –…

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December 2021

Philosophy of Community and Technical Colleg​e Education – Spring Term

December 15
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Philosophy of Community and Technical College Education

You may register for this course at anytime within the course dates listed below. Course Terms The following table illustrates course term and registration dates. They will occur the same dates each year. You may register for this course at anytime within the course dates listed below. Preview the Syllabus Term ​​Course Dates Spring December 15 - May 30 Summer May 15 - August 30 Fall August 1 - January 15 This is one of the four required courses for…

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May 2022

Philosophy of Community and Technical Colleg​e Education – Summer Term

May 15, 2022
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Summer Course Dates: May 15 - August 30
Philosophy of Community and Technical College Education

You may register for this course at anytime within the course dates listed below. Course Terms The following table illustrates course term and registration dates. They will occur the same dates each year. You may register for this course at anytime within the course dates listed below. Preview the Syllabus Term ​​Course Dates Spring December 15 - May 30 Summer May 15 - August 30 Fall August 1 - January 15 This is one of the four required courses for…

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August 2022

Philosophy of Community and Technical Colleg​e Education – Fall Term

August 1, 2022
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 AM on day 1 of August, repeating indefinitely

Philosophy of Community and Technical College Education

You may register for this course at anytime within the course dates listed below. Course Terms Preview the Syllabus The following table illustrates course term and registration dates. They will occur the same dates each year. You may register for this course 2 months before the start dates, and up until 1 month before the end dates listed below. Term ​​Course Dates Spring December 15 - May 30 Summer May 15 - August 30 Fall August 1 - January 15…

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December 2022

Philosophy of Community and Technical Colleg​e Education – Spring Term

December 15, 2022
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 AM on day 15 of December, repeating indefinitely

Philosophy of Community and Technical College Education

You may register for this course at anytime within the course dates listed below. Course Terms The following table illustrates course term and registration dates. They will occur the same dates each year. You may register for this course at anytime within the course dates listed below. Preview the Syllabus Term ​​Course Dates Spring December 15 - May 30 Summer May 15 - August 30 Fall August 1 - January 15 This is one of the four required courses for…

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