Educational Support

CVM Fall 2018 News

New! Teaching Innovations at the CVM

Check out the Teaching Innovations at the CVM page where we highlight some of our teaching faculty and the unique methods they use to enhance the learning experience of the CVM’s veterinary student body.

Upcoming workshops!

New Techniques for Your Slide Design Toolkit

You've been using the topic-subtopic, outline-like slide design for years. But did you know that this practice violates the principles of multimedia learning theory? What can you do instead? It's all about learning to think more visually and less textually. In this interactive presentation, you'll learn five types of visual designs you can use on slides instead of the traditional method. We'll dive deep into the mechanics and research behind multimodal learning. We'll examine a number of makeovers that show the proven assertion-evidence technique in action. This workshop isn't just about making your slides more visually pleasing to students--it's about making them more functional as teaching and learning materials.
Presenter: Ann Fandrey

What Makes a Question Effective?

We answer the question we are asked. Asking good questions improves instructor/student communications and designing successful discussions begin by drafting good questions. Many of us are looking for ways to improve online discussion activities: let's start with the questions we ask. Through a presentation and a facilitated discussion, we will explore how to get the type of responses we are looking for by looking at what makes a question effective. 
Presenter: Treden Wagoner
 

Faculty Support for Active Learning

Active Learning 101: An Introduction for Teaching in Active Learning Classrooms

AHC faculty will begin teaching in the new Health Sciences Education Center in early 2020. All of the classrooms in this building are designed for active learning. This face-to-face workshop is designed to help faculty who have little to no experience teaching in an active learning classroom prepare for the transition. We will discuss the advantages of using active learning classrooms and describe activities and assessments that you can use in the space. We will also discuss common challenges that first-time instructor’s face in an ALC and suggest strategies to avoid and address these challenges.

Click here for more information about this workshop series. 

Education Roundtable!

The College's inaugural Education Roundtable included a great conversation about providing feedback for students on clinical rotations, addressing disability accommodations on clinics, and how to thoughtfully consider to which journal you may wish to submit a manuscript. Resources are below.

Education Roundtable Lecture Capture Oct 4th 2018

Watch for a survey from Dr. Brian Husbands to gather your input and let us know how to improve this in the future. 

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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