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Features from Past Issues of Synergia Newsletter.

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In case you missed it... here are the highlights from past issues of Synergia.

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From the Director - November 2015

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People who study stress like to point out that not all stress is bad for you. Some forms can be energizing, while other types have a negative impact on health and performance.

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IRT establishes funding for faculty to caption videos


The closed caption symbol is a rectangle with the letters CC in the middle.A special fund has been established within IRT to support faculty efforts to make learning materials accessible. Captions are text versions of the audio content synchronized with the video. Captioning instructional video or audio proactively addresses a diverse range of abilities and learning needs including:

  • students for whom English is a second language
  • situational hearing impairments (e.g., students watching/listening in a noisy environment)
  • helping students learn the spelling of technical terms spoken in the video
  • students with hearing and learning disabilities

Making use of the video captioning funds now not only helps you prepare for the time that you have a student with a hearing disability, but also enhances learning for all students by presenting material in multiple modalities (both visual and auditory).

Faculty may request captioning for a YouTube video, for video hosted on St. Thomas' Ensemble video server, or for videos hosted online elsewhere. You will need to provide information on where the video can be found (e.g. the YouTube link or EnsembleVideo link). To request captioning for any of these types of videos log in to IRT's captioning request form using your St. Thomas username and password. The link to the captioning request form is found at the bottom of this IRT web page

Questions? Email IRT for more information about the captioning request process.

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Faculty Focus @ UST with Dr. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman

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This month we are delighted to launch our new series showcasing UST faculty who are doing interesting and innovative things in the classroom. We begin the series by highlighting the teaching of Dr. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman, Assistant Professor of Engineering. In this short video, Brittany shares tips for getting students more engaged and for making the most of teacher-student interactions, offering practical ideas for both the flipped and face-to-face classroom.

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Just Write

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It’s hard to write. Through the years I’ve observed my colleagues in the writing retreats here on campus, I know the challenges we all face when we sit down to our keyboards.

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Upcoming Events

Professional Development at Your Own Pace: Quality Matters Online Workshops

Workshop dates vary.

Are you teaching a blended or online course? Faculty Development is sponsoring seats in online course design workshops from Quality Matter (QM). Work at your own pace, engage with faculty from other institutions, and receive guidance and feedback as you design your blended or online course.



On-Campus Writers’ Retreat

January 11-15, 2016

Watch your UST email for registration information.

The UST Center for Writing, JRC 361
The St. Paul Campus


Course Design for the Common Good - An Introduction

January 19-21, 2016

Join your colleagues during J-term for the very first offering in our new series, Course Design for the Common Good (CDGC). In this inaugural workshop, we invite you to refresh your teaching by more widely considering the perspectives of all learners.

St. Paul Campus


Introduction to NSF Grants

Friday, January 29, 2016

This workshop is intended for faculty who plan to apply for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in the future and would like an introduction to the grant process. Open to all faculty, adjunct and full-time.

Murray Herrick Center, room 205 (St. Paul Campus)


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