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From the Director - May 2015

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Ann Johnson Headshot From Director SynergiaUsing IDEA: Reflections after five years

As you prepare your year-end teaching reflection/narrative, take control of the interpretation of your IDEA data. Use it to inform your own self-evaluation and plans for the following semester, and to contextualize your teaching performance for those evaluating it.

We've been using the IDEA system for managing the student feedback process now for five years, and the Committee on Teaching Evaluation is analyzing a recent faculty survey gathering your impressions. I've been keeping an eye on expert recommendations regarding the use of student feedback and have pulled together some observations and advice, hoping it might help inform ongoing conversations about uses and misuses of IDEA.

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Professional Writing Services

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Faculty Development expands professional writing services! We are happy to announce that Dr. Mary Reichardt is joining Faculty Development as Coordinator of Professional Writing Services. Mary is working closely with UST's Grants and Research Office to provide integrated services for faculty involved in grant writing and other projects.

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Captioning Your Videos

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IRT has developed a new resource guide to orient you to the options available at UST for video captioning‌ your lectures, the ways you can increase the accessibility of YouTube or Vimeo videos through captioning, and finding and using captioned videos from UST's Media Resources Collection.  If you are already streaming your videos through Ensemble and are ready to increase the accessibility of your lectures through closed captioning watch this short (captioned!) video to learn how you can use CaptionSync to automatically create captions for your videos.

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Faculty Development Grant Deadlines

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Upcoming Faculty Development grant deadlines for AY 2014-15.

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Did You Know @ UST Libraries:

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Welcome to “Did You Know @ UST Libraries” where we’ll highlight a feature of UST Libraries of particular interest to faculty.

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Upcoming Events

On-Campus Writers’ Retreat

June 1-5, 2015.

Watch your UST email for registration information. The next retreats are June 1-5, 2015 and August 3-7, 2015.

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

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Fostering the Digital Humanities at St. Thomas

June 22-25, 2015

Seminar participants will be introduced to the field of digital humanities and the primary methodologies and tools available for researching, curating and incorporating electronic information and digital objects. Participants will have ample opportunities for hands-on experience with a variety of tools including Omeka and web-based GIS tools and will examine possibilities for individual scholarship and classroom application.

St. Paul Campus

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Moving Toward Blended Learning: Strategies and Tools for Fostering Meaningful Learning & Engagement

July 16 & 17, 2015
9am - 4pm

This two-day workshop led by Dr. Jason Rhode will help you move toward incorporating elements of flipped and blended course design and aligning new teaching strategies with tools and innovative technologies.

St. Paul Campus

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Professional Development at Your Own Pace: Quality Matters Online Workshops

Dates vary.

Faculty Development is sponsoring seats in online workshops from Quality Matters (QM) to help you design a high quality flipped, blended or online course. The asynchronous online workshops allow you to work at your own pace, engage with faculty from other institutions, and receive guidance and feedback as you design your course.

Online

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NEH Grant Writing Workshop

August 26 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) and
August 27 (9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., with individual consultations to follow)

This workshop is designed for those faculty interested in applying in the near future for a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Summer Stipend, or other NEH award.

St. Paul Campus

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