The MSUM Office of Online Learning has put together a list of trainings in June for faculty to explore. More offerings will be posted online in July and August. To receive Outlook invites for all training sessions and professional development opportunities, please fill out this form.  

Monday, June 15  

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Assessment Basics in D2L Brightspace 
Learn the basics of setting up online assessments in D2L Brightspace. We will demonstrate:  

  • How to collect students’ written work via the Assignments tool.  
  • How to create an online Quiz/Exams.  
  • How to set up the Gradebook.  

Tuesday, June 16

11-11:50 a.m.  

Using the D2L Brightspace Quizzing Tool to Help Assess Student Learning 
Learn how you can utilize question layout, dates and time restrictions, and other quizzing features to align with your online exam. Whether you’re new to online quizzing or have experience with it, come explore best practices to allow students to take quizzes remotely.  

12-12:50 p.m.  

Designing Your Course for Student Learning
Dive into some of the topics featured in the Minnesota State three week short course “Designing Your Course for Student Learning” beginning on July 6, 2020. Preview some of the topics in the course to decide if taking the course is the right fit for you!  

Wednesday, June 17

10:30-11:30 a.m.  

Assessment Design: Advanced 
Learn about advanced settings in the D2L Quizzes tool to make your quizzes & exams more secure. We’ll also talk about strategies for rethinking your assessment options (i.e. not using a quiz).  

Thursday, June 18

9-10 a.m. 

Scheduling and Conducting Virtual Office Hours: Being there for your students when your students can’t be there with you 
Learn how you can engage and connect with your students by hosting Virtual Office Hours.  

  • Zoom video meetings using the waiting room.  
  • Microsoft Bookings to facilitate student sign-up.  

Monday, June 22

9-9:50 a.m.  

Writing Good Questions for Assessments 
Writing good assessment questions more accurately capture what students know. In this webinar, you’ll learn about principles of writing effective questions to create more reliable and valid tests.  

10:30-11 a.m.  

Microsoft 365: The Essentials 
Learn some basics with cloud productivity tools in Microsoft 365, formerly Office 365.  

  • OneDrive – Creating & sharing a document. 
  • A glimpse into productivity tools/apps Teams, Word, Outlook, & more!  

Tuesday, June 23

11-11:50 a.m.  

Grading Practices in Quizzes: Feedback and Data Analysis 
The Quizzes tool in D2L Brightspace provides different methods of feedback when assessing students for an online exam. You can choose how to score quiz questions: automatically, manually, and/or with blind marking. Come learn about best practices to utilize the available data analysis within the Quizzes tool and evaluate how well students performed on a quiz.  

12-12:50 p.m.  

Creating an inviting digital learning space through Zoom 
There’s no place like home to provide an opportunity to personalize and humanize your digital learning space. But when facilitating sessions outside of a traditional setting, we need to be aware of techniques to share new expectations while easing anxiety around participants’ ability to successfully engage with the technology. In this 50-minute webinar, we will explore ways to support your participants, strategically share content, monitor feedback, leverage music during transitions, and stage video feeds for maximal impact. Join us for some quick tips and tricks that can be quickly implemented into any session.  

Wednesday, June 24

9:30-10:30 a.m.  

Class Discussions: D2L & Zoom 
Learn some basic tips for setting written online discussion forums and for hosting synchronous (real-time) virtual meetings using these tools:  

  • Discussion tool in D2L Brightspace.  
  • Zoom. 


Kaltura MediaSpace Webinar: Creating videos that support cognitive and affective domains of learning
In this webinar, the facilitator will provide participants with examples of how instructors can create videos that support both the cognitive and affective domains of learning. 
Cognitive domain:  The facilitator will provide participants with a simple graphic organizer that supports the evidenced-based practice of chunking —- helping to reduce the cognitive load on students and hopefully improve long term memory.  Instructors can use this graphic organizer as a tool to create a video that delivers content that reproduces information, demonstrates concepts, and applies principles within different contexts (transfer). 
Affective domain:  The facilitator will showcase examples of ways instructors can use video to support interpersonal interactions with students that can improve instructor presence, build empathy, and foster awareness of student needs. 
The facilitator will show participants how to download and install Kaltura Capture, a video creation tool available to all Minnesota State employees. Participants will receive a guided tour of how to use Kaltura Capture to record their webcam and/or screen, upload the video to Kaltura MediaSpace, order and edit captions, and share the video within a D2L Brightspace course.  The facilitator will provide suggestions on how to incorporate video production elements like framing a video, making eye contact, capturing quality audio, creating a clean background, and placing lighting. 

Thursday, June 25

10-10:50 a.m.  

Integrating Opendora into your Online Course 
Opendora ( is a publicly available digital archive for open educational resources (OER) that serves as a central repository for Minnesota State faculty and librarians to leverage licensed OER with the ability to access, load, and share material. In this webinar learn about what this definition looks like in action and why you might upload/use materials, including linking in a course or sharing supplemental materials with students. Hear first-hand from faculty who are using it and their examples of implementation and integration with D2L.  


Principles of Multimedia Design for Instruction 
Do your learning materials promote learning as effectively as they can? Join us for a discussion, based on the research of Ruth Colvin Clark and Richard Mayer, on how various design principles can impact learning. We will also discuss challenges and opportunities for incorporating these principles into your own materials. 

Friday, June 26


PowerPoint: Beyond the Slideshow 
Developing content for instruction takes enough time without having to learn complex software for each new project. This workshop introduces you to PowerPoint as your video, infographic, photo editing, graphic design, all-in-one-solution. Come explore new ideas for creating course content. 

Monday, June 29

10-11 a.m.  

Online Essentials 
Explore instructional design tools assembled to guide successful online course design and facilitation. This session addresses:  

  • Course navigation  
  • D2L Brightspace utilization  
  • Emerging elements of Universal Design  
  • Course facilitation  
  • How to gain access to Essentials resources, including:

2-2:50 p.m.  

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Open Educational Pedagogy 
Both Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (CRP) and Open Educational Pedagogy (OEP) can offer us insight and support as we shift to bring students quality and compassionate education during the COVID-19 pandemic. CRP advocates that education utilize student’s lived experience; OEP advocates that education empower students as partners in the creation of course materials and disciplinary knowledge. In this webinar, we’ll have the opportunity to examine the overlaps between CRP and OEP and collectively explore how we might bring our current practices more closely into alignment with the best practices they advocate.  

2-2:50 p.m.  

What’s a Humanized Online Course? 
Participants will review two common approaches to defining humanized learning, learn how national standards for online course quality incorporate humanizing strategies and evaluate their current courses and practices to identify what’s working and what might need improvement.  

Tuesday, June 30

10-10:50 a.m.  

Providing Wise Feedback 

12-12:50 p.m.  

Securing your online Zoom sessions 
Explore best practices in securely scheduling, managing and distributing information about virtual sessions in Zoom. Zoom has implemented new security features and in meeting controls to allow hosts to manage the potential threats that could impacted unsecure sessions. In this 50-minute webinar we will look at the new Security Control center and offer tips on how to balance ease of access and security as you manage participants’ permissions when connecting through this virtual tool.  

Wednesday, July 1

11-11:50 a.m.  

Five Ways to Humanize Your Online Course 
Participants will be guided through interactive demonstrations of five specific humanizing practices they could integrate into their own online courses. Each demonstration will focus on a specific evidence-based course facilitation or design practice using tools available to all Minnesota State instructors.  

1-2 p.m.  

Online Essentials 
Explore instructional design tools assembled to guide successful online course design and facilitation. This session addresses:  

  • Course navigation  
  • D2L Brightspace utilization
  • Emerging elements of Universal Design  
  • Course facilitation  
  • How to gain access to Essentials resources, including:  

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