Educational Support

CVM Fall 2018 News

Save the Date!

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7-9 am – 125 AS/VM

Our first CVM Education Roundtable! The CVM Education Support group has had numerous requests for more offerings similar to Education Day, where people can meet to talk about teaching and to learn what their peers are doing. Join us on October 4 at 7 am for refreshments, followed by two short talks:

  • Understanding disability accommodations for students on clinics with Laura Molgaard 
  • Choosing a journal for submission of your research manuscripts with Andre Nault

Faculty Support for Active Learning

active learning classroomThe new Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC) begins construction in June of 2018. It will house 14 active learning classrooms and the AHC has been preparing workshops to support faculty that would like to transition their teaching from traditional lectures to active learning.
For more information on all the programs involved see the Faculty Support for Active Learning page from the UMN Office of Education.

Canvas training

In addition to the Canvas basics workshops offerings that continue, AT-OIT, in partnership with User Experience Support, have developed a Discover Canvas workshop series taking place online this summer that will cover more advanced topics. Registration is not yet available, but you can use this form to be notified when registration opens. If you're interested in following information about Canvas, check out the Canvas newsletter. Also see the direct link to information about Canvas on this site (new!).

UMN is Transitioning from Moodle to Canvas

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Over the next two years the University of Minnesota will be transitioning all course sites from Moodle to a new centrally supported Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas. Check out the Canvas Transition website to get more information and sign up for the email newsletter to stay up to date on updates!

Netfiles retirement

Netfiles is a system that was used historically to manage files for Moodle and other systems. Netfiles officially will be retired at the end of summer 2019 coincident with the completion of the transition from Moodle to Canvas. The Office of Information Technology will be sending out an email this month to users who link to Netfiles within their Moodle sites to notify them of the retirement date and directing them to alternative solutions.

Instructor development opportunities

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The teaching tips that were sent out every two weeks over the last year are archived on this site under Faculty Development. Presentations from Education Day 2018 also are archived there. In fall of 2018, teaching tip videos will again be sent out every two weeks. Also watch for information about the Education Roundtable hosted by the CVM Education Support group, which will be held late in fall semester 2018, and our next Education Day, which will be held in May of 2019.

Course  & Classroom Management FAQ's

Do you have some common classroom and course management concerns like "How do I get students to quiet down and otherwise stop distracting their classmates?" or "What is the value of taking attendance and how can I do it in a fair and accurate manner?" Possibly the Course & Classroom Management FAQ page has the answer to your question. 

2017-18 Professional Development Programs

Registration is already open for the following programs. Participants who complete the program's requirements receive professional development funds.
  • Early Career Teaching Program: The Early Career Teaching Program is for UMN faculty and instructional staff who are in their first seven years of teaching in any educational setting. This program is designed to develop and enhance teaching skills and establish a foundation for a lifetime of effective and engaging teaching. Learn more and register
  • Senior Teaching Fellows Program: A one-semester program designed for senior faculty who want to revitalize and expand their instructional skill using recent scholarship in the learning sciences. Learn more and register

Need help as an instructor?  See if what you need is on the DVM Teaching Quick Links page.

Peer review of teaching  Are you interested in peer review of your teaching? Contact the CVM Educational Support group to set up a time to discuss what aspect of your teaching you would like reviewed.

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