Evan PetersonBy Evan Peterson, Director of Instructional Technology and Digital Media

The CTL virtual  Lodge that is. The online Lodge is not a physical place. It’s on online CTL collaboration and opportunity to develop your skills at any location of your choosing providing that it has a computer and an Internet connection. Sessions will be conducted via WebEx, an online meeting tool. The topics will be discussed live on WebEx and recorded for those who cannot attend. The Lodge is open:  June 1 - June 11, 2010.

Faculty Lodge participants will choose which workshops and mini-courses fit their professional and time limitations, creating a summer learning package to best fit your needs.

  • Workshops are one-session content deliveries in a 1-2 hour WebEx (Web conferencing) format. They will be recorded and posted for those who would like to view later in the summer.
  • Mini-Courses are two-session content deliveries in a 1-2 hour WebEx (Web conferencing) format. Guests can work on content and projects between the sessions so they can share at the final session.

So, what does an offering this rich in offerings and a flexible in schedule and location cost? Nothing. MnSCU Faculty can attend for free.

Here’s what you have to choose from:

  • Peer-Review of Classroom Activities (Part 1)
  • A Highly Biased Viewpoint: Making an Online Course Great
  • Veterans in our Classrooms: Understanding the Students, Understanding the Law
  • Why Should I Know It, I’ll Just Google It
  • How to Effectively Manage Your Courses Using D2L
  • PowerPoint is Dead! Long Live PowerPoint!
  • Enriching Online Student Discussions
  • Walking on the Web 2.0 Side
  • 10 Reasons to Become Part of MnSCU’s Moodle Pilot
  • Multicultural Gender Fair Curriculum
  • Creating Instructional Videos for Online Courses
  • Integrating Career Decision-Making Tools and Information
  • D2L Intelligent Agents for Early Warning Notifications
  • iPhone Apps for Researchers
  • Peer-Review of Classroom Activities (Part 2)

For more information on these sessions and to register go to the www.mnscu.ctl.edu

Put the dates down in your calendar. Take some time in early June to get away from other obligations and school yourself up for the fall. Pick a workshop or mini-course from the list at the MnSCU CTL site that suits your needs.  It’ll help keep your teaching skills brushed up and current. Now all you have to do is decide where to hide out to attend those sessions. I’m thinking anyplace with a good cup of coffee is an option.