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Exploring the New Features of Moodle (CTL Workshop, 8/30, 9:30-10:45 in Hagfors 373)

submitted by tensen@augsburg.edu

In response to requests from faculty, this year’s Moodle is more visually appealing and user-friendly than ever before, featuring drop-down menus and a “drawer” that streamlines navigation, search tools that let you quickly access courses and isolate student forum posts, and integrated audio/video recording options. It also includes a variety of pre-formatted templates that let you quickly customize your course with a variety of formats, styles, and fonts. Moodle 2018-19 isn’t your grandfather’s Moodle! (Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend.)
Can’t make it to the Minneapolis campus? Zoom in using the link below

Zoom link to session on Moodle

Get Your Gradebook Ready for the Semester

submitted by tensen@augsburg.edu

Moodle Gradebook Basics (CTL Workshop 8/30, 11:00-12:15 in Hagfors 373)
Whether you have never used the Moodle gradebook and want to learn the basics OR have been using the gradebook but would like us to do a “pre-semester check-up” this is the workshop for you. The E-Learning team will be on hand to offer some basic gradebook tips as well as individual help with making sure your gradebook correlates to your syllabus. (Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend.)
Can’t make it to the Minneapolis campus? Attend via Zoom (see link below)

Link to Zoom Session on Gradebook

Faculty Workshop August 30: Introduction to Paideia Seminar Discussion

submitted by lloydr@augsburg.edu

In today’s challenging political climate, the skills of civil, civic-minded, and evidence-based democratic deliberation are a necessity. Paideia (pie-DAY-a) is a pedagogy that encourages inquiry-based, democratic discussions around a common text. It can be used with all ages and in all subject areas. This workshop session will give participants a chance to participate in a Paideia style seminar discussion, and acquire strategies for implementing Paideia seminars in their own curriculum. Please RSVP by August 25: you will receive a short reading which will serve as our practice text via email. Contact lloydr@augsburg.edu with questions.

Facilitators: Rachel Lloyd and Anne Kaufman

Paideia Workshop RSVP

2018-19 Short-term study abroad/away options

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 have great options for short-term off-campus study options in:

New York City, USA
Guatemala
Model EU at Indiana University
Puerto Rico, USA
Hawaii, USA
Netherlands
Slovenia
China
Mexico

These short term programs are a great fit for many students, fulfill graduation requirements, are affordable, and led by Augsburg’s own fantastic faculty!

Check out the options –there’s probably one that is great for you (looking at you, students!) or a student you teach/advise/coach/mentor!

Contact stoddard@augsburg.edu for more information, or visit the study abroad website: studyabroad.augsburg.edu

Check out the program options!

General Announcements

Metro Transit full academic year pass deal for new day students

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

Attention new day first-years and transfer students: Metro Transit and Augsburg University are giving you a great deal on an all-you-can-ride transit pass. First-year students can purchase a year-long College Pass for just $150 – that’s a 55% discount!

Order your pass here before October 1, 2018: https://store.metrotransit.org/promo/college-pass-150-9-2018

College Passes can be used for unlimited bus and light rail rides all semester, meaning you’ll never have to worry about having money for a fare. When you’re not riding to school, you can use your College Pass to get to work, an internship run errands and explore the Twin Cities. Not a regular bus or train rider? No problem! Find all the places you can go using our trip planning tools. Learn more at metrotransit.org.

Important Details
The discounted passes will be available to purchase at the link above until October 1, 2018. After that, students can purchase a semester College Pass at the Bookstore for $115.00 (subsidized by Augsburg from $165.00)

Guaranteed Ride Home
Students who regularly ride transit to work or school are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which reimburses a taxi, Uber or Lyft ride when you have to leave early or late unexpectedly. To learn more and register for this free program, visit metrotransit.org/guaranteed-ride-home.

Donate Gently Used Office Supplies to MN Urban Debate League

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

Cleaning out your office?

Join MNUDL’s Back-To-Debate Supply Drive

Your gently-used donation will prepare our debaters for success

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, equips Twin Cities students with all the basics needed to become debaters: curriculum, coaches, tournaments, and supplies. As our high school, middle school, Spanish, and Somali debate programs grow each year, our need for supplies grows, too.

Our goal is to equip 100 more students with debate supplies in the 2018-19 school year!

Our MOST-NEEDED ITEM is expanding file folders/accordion folders!

Other helpful (new or gently used) items:
● 3-hole sheet protectors
● 2-pocket folders
● Highlighters
● Pens

Your support will help make our debate season a success!

Items can be picked up or dropped off at Augsburg University.
If you’d like to join our Back-to-Debate Supply Drive, please
contact us at mnudl@augsburg.edu to arrange your donation.

Event Announcements

Augsburg Total Wellness: School Supply Drive

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

Thousands of students across the country are heading back to school in just a few short weeks. Let’s help make sure each and every one has the supplies they need to be successful! Augsburg Total Wellness is sponsoring a School Supply Drive to feel good, by doing good.

Donations will be accepted in Human Resources, Memorial Hall, Room 19 through August 31st!

All donations will be delivered to People Serving People. This non-profit organization is located in Minneapolis. As the largest and most comprehensive, family-focused homeless shelter in Minnesota, your donations will have a huge impact in our community. Learn more about People Serving People at their website: http://www.peopleservingpeople.org/.

The supplies that are most requested (new items only) are listed below:

#2 Pencils
alarm clocks
calculator
colored pencils
crayons-24 pack
folders
pencil box
pencil sharpener
pens
ruler
school bags/backpacks
scissors–youth size
washable markers

Questions? Contact Nicole at peterlin@augsburg.edu.

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