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Supporting Our Incoming Students

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As part of a series of August workshops, Katie Bishop and Kelsey Richardson Blackwell will be conducting a session on best practices for supporting first-year students who are transitioning to college, as well as talking through campus resources for faculty and students.

Wednesday, August 28 | Supporting Our Incoming Students |
1 pm – 2:15 pm, HC 250

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Moodle Workshops for Faculty – August 29

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On August 29, the E-learning team will be providing two Moodle workshops.

Up Your Game with Moodle (Valuable Tips) | 9:30 am – 10:45 am, HC 250

Come learn how to employ some new features as well as time-tested tools in Moodle to amplify your virtual presence and create a welcoming online environment that communicates your learning goals and presents content and activities in an easy-to-navigate format.

We will cover:
*time-saving strategies for building and/or updating a course
*how to leverage auto-linking to streamline course navigation
*managing revision writing using the new integrated Google Course Kit
*ways to track student engagement
*Name Coach–a new tool to help you learn your students’ names
*various ways to enhance the appearance of your course

Bring your laptop and try some of these things out while the E-Learning team is there to assist.

Thursday, August 29 | Providing Feedback with the Moodle Gradebook |
11 am – 12:15 pm, HC 250

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 essential gradebook tips as well as individual help with making sure your gradebook correlates to your syllabus.

Workshop Descriptions and RSVP Forms

Introduction to Active Learning: Concrete Ideas for your Classroom

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Faculty, it can be quite time-consuming to develop effective active learning activities for your classroom, especially if you are teaching a course for the first time. The goal of this session is to provide you with two or three concrete examples of effective active learning templates that can be quickly adapted to your course. By starting with just one type of active learning strategy that works best for your learning objectives, you can quickly develop variants that can be used in virtually every class period to engage your students and make teaching more fun!

Wednesday, August 28 | Introduction to Active Learning: Concrete Ideas for your Classroom | 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, HC 250

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Need experiential education resources and ideas for your syllabus?

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Looking to incorporate experiential learning into your syllabus for this fall? Check out TWO great resources compiled by the Sabo Center that can help you shape a course or assignment related to experiential education.

The first is the Experiential Education website. This website offers an overview of experiential learning at Augsburg, the core elements of effective experiential education, and offers examples of different kinds of experiential learning strategies:

The second is a comprehensive library guide, covering topics from theory to resources for course design, ideas for reflection activities, and more!

New Drumming course for all Augsburg students

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NEW Augsburg course offering, Fall semester 2019: World Drumming and Culture, a 2-credit course will meet M/W from 9:20-10:30. Engage with performance traditions from various non-Western cultures, particularly those from sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora. Learn through hands-on experience playing drums, bells, and rattles, by singing songs, and through improvisation and listening drills. Study the cultural context associated with each musical style through reading assignments, examination of online videos, and class discussion. Enroll for course 392-B Topics – no prior musical experience necessary.

Providing WISE Feedback to Students

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In June, a team from Augsburg attended the Council of Independent Colleges Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute. This session will include a discussion of the insights and lessons gained from participation in the institute as well as specific action steps we can implement across campus. Specifically, participants will learn the importance of providing WISE feedback that articulates high expectations as well as the professor’s belief in the student’s ability to meet the expectations.

Thursday, August 29 | Providing WISE Feedback to Students |
2 pm – 4 pm, HC 250

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High Engagement Pedagogy

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Wednesday, August 28 | High Engagement Pedagogy |
11 am – 12:15 pm, HC 250

The goal of this session is to offer some teaching strategies and tools that will foster student ownership of their own learning; facilitate student learning, retention of information, and academic success; and, create a culture of engagement and participation in the classroom.

These strategies can be useful in teaching difficult concepts as well as in managing the varied abilities and interest levels that one might encounter in any given section of a course. Some can be incorporated into the syllabus and in long-term planning; some can be adapted and used on the fly and/or to redirect a class session.

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General Announcements

Spark Joy for Our Debaters. Donate Your Used Office Supplies to the MNUDL

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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, East African, and financial literacy debate programs grow each year, our need for supplies grows, too.

Our goal is to equip 100 more students with debate supplies in the 2019-20 school year.

Our most-needed item is expanding file folders/accordion folders!

Other helpful items:

3-ring binders

Portable timers

2-pocket folders



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 to arrange your donation.

If you’d like to make a donation of used supplies, please see our Amazon wishlist here:

Give via Amazon

Hiring Student Workers? Supervisors Please Read

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Academic year student employment begins on Sunday, September 8. If you plan to hire student employees, please review the following information:

Academic Year 2019-2020 student wages:
–Student: $12.25
–Student Supervisors: $12.75

NOTE: Open job postings from academic year 2018-2019 will be closed on August 30. All summer jobs end on 9.7.19.

Helpful Information:

Supervisors need to submit Student Employment Returning/Hired Forms through Hirezon.
(Detailed instructions:

1. Submit Student Posting Requisitions through Hirezon so students can apply for the job.
(Detailed instructions:
2. Once applicant(s) have been selected submit Student Employment Returning/Hired Forms through Hirezon.

NOTE: Students, who have never worked on campus before, will be required to fill out new hire paperwork, and successfully complete a background check. HR sends out the new hire paperwork and background check to the student once the Student Employment Returning/Hired Form is submitted. Students cannot work prior to successfully completing a background check and all required paperwork.

REMINDER: Priority for federal and state work study eligibility
As in previous years, international students and students who are eligible for federal or state work study will be given hiring priority through October. This is a part of the student’s financial aid package, therefore, we want to ensure students that are awarded work study funds are able to work in an on-campus position. Beginning November 1, work study positions are open to all students.

Questions? Email HR at or 612-330-1058.

Pre-Order Your Love Your Melon Auggie Hat Today

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The women’s hockey team has partnered with Love Your Melon selling hats with the Auggie logo as a fundraiser. Purchasing a hat supports the women’s hockey team and the LYM foundation. Beanie hats are $35 and pom hats are $45. Pre-order your hat today!

You can pay with cash, check or card. We are also able to ship hats for a $5 shipping fee per hat. Hats will arrive September 1st.

Contact with any questions or to purchase a hat.

LYM Flyer – with pictures

Event Announcements

Free Registration: Human Rights Forum

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The Human Rights Forum, will be held on our campus on October 28—29, 2019, and will include plenaries, hands-on workshops, networking, and breakout sessions. We will have a total of approximately 15-20 speakers, including six activists from the Human Rights Foundation.

A normal class schedule will be held at Augsburg during these two days with opportunities for classes to attend the Forum sessions or have guest speakers visit classrooms.

Additional information about the Forum can be found here:

Access to the Forum is free of charge for the Augsburg community (via your account), but registration is required. Please follow the link below to register. This form is intended for Augsburg University students, staff, and faculty only, and we allow one registration per email.

Contact us (extension 1378) if you are interested in brainstorming ideas for your own involvement whether you are a student, staff or faculty. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Get a Free Ticket to the Sesquicentennial Gala Kick-Off Dance

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Augsburg’s Sesquicentennial Gala is sold out but there are free tickets available to attend the gala dance that will kick off the celebration of Augsburg’s 150th year. How can you get a free ticket to attend the Sesquicentennial Kick Off Dance at the Minneapolis Depot on Friday, September 27?

Augsburg is offering free group dance lessons in Hoverston Chapel from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the days listed below. Attend one or more dance lessons and you’ll receive a free ticket to attend the Sesquicentennial Kick Off Dance! These dance lessons are open to alumni, parents, employees, and students who are interested in attending the Sesquicentennial Kick Off Dance. Space is limited so please RSVP today.

Register below or call 612-330-1512.

August 20: Foxtrot — “Fly me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra

August 27: Waltz — “Moon River” by Andy Williams

September 5: Swing — “In The Mood” by Glen Miller

September 10: Rumba — “Fields of Gold” by Sting

September 17: Cha Cha — “Smooth” by Santana

Register for Free Dance Lessons

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