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The Moodle “Lesson” and Online Quizzing “Tech Tune-ups and Tips” TODAY at 10 a.m.

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The Moodle “Lesson” & Online Quizzing: Too often online content can be “text-heavy” and yawn-inducing. The first 15 minutes will focus on the Moodle “Lesson,” a graded activity used to build structured pathways through various learning materials (text, images, videos) while testing students’ comprehension. Auto-graded quizzes are also an effective way to engage students and confirm their understanding of online content. The rest of the hour will address how to create a quiz–specifically–how to create a syllabus quiz and methods for ensuring academic integrity.

Tech Tune-ups & Tips every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am.

Come Zoom with the E-learning Team as they offer two 60-minute sessions each week on how to maximize your use of Moodle and learning technologies as you get ready for classes this Fall. Each session will open with 15-minutes of “pertinent tips & best practices” about important Moodle features/resources. The final 45 minutes will provide training on a specific learning experience or tool.

ZOOM information, schedule, and past recordings are linked below (only viewable with an Augsburg email address).

Tech Tune-ups & Tips

TOMORROW is Fellowship Friday

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Fridays | “Fellowship Fridays” | 2 pm – 3 pm, ZOOM

CTL is joining Bridget Robinson-Riegler, Psychology Professor and member of Faculty Senate, to bring you Fellowship Fridays support sessions. All faculty members and teaching staff are invited to gather and share their experiences with teaching, learning, and advising in this strange new world. – we’ll trade ideas, advice, highs, lows, successes, and failures – or maybe we’ll just plain old vent. Most importantly, we will attempt to inoculate ourselves against one of the more insidious side effects of this pandemic – isolation. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, or pour a glass of wine, and Zoom in to support your fellow instructors and work through this challenging time together.

*If Friday afternoons don’t work with your schedule, but you would still like to participate, reach out to Bridget or Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright, and they will contemplate adding other days/times in the future.

Fellowship Fridays ZOOM Information (This doc is only accessible with an Augsburg email address.)

Practical Pedagogy Resources

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Below is a link to a Google Drive folder that will house all of the resources from CTL’s Practical Pedagogy Sessions. This can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address.

The folder from yesterday contains a recording of the session, as well as PowerPoint slides and other resources. Look for more information soon regarding next Wednesday’s Practical Pedagogy session.

Wednesdays | Practical Pedagogy Series | 10 am – 11 am, ZOOM

Practical Pedagogy Resources

General Announcements

Focus2Career: New Major and Career Exploration Planning Tool for Students

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If you have never thought about planning your career or exploring what you can do with your major FOCUS2CAREER is a good place to start.

FOCUS2CAREER guides you through a reliable, intuitive career & education decision making model to help you choose majors offered at Augsburg, explore occupations & make informed career decisions. You also have access to five reliable and valid research based self-assessments. Your assessment results are matched to occupations and supporting majors at Augsburg.

Please schedule a Major & Career Exploration appointment with a career coach in Handshake after registering for your FOCUS2CAREER account. We are looking forward to showing you how you can use FOCUS2CAREER to find meaningful work based on your talents, interests, and skills.

Access FOCUS2CAREER and create an account on our Strommen Community Moodle Site.

Plan Ahead for Study Abroad on Spring Break and Summer 2021

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Check out the short-term study abroad programs coming up for Spring Break 2021 and Summer 2021. Now is a great time to plan ahead! ALL programs fulfill your AUGSBURG EXPERIENCE requirement, as well as other classes:

Roots to Rap: Islam in America – spring break
HIS 195 (Humanities)

Faith, Vocation, and Social Change – spring break
RLN 409 (Search for Meaning II) or RLN 480 (Keystone for some majors)
Spanish Language & Mexican Cultures – summer, multiple SPA course available(Modern Language)

Medical Spanish & Clinical Observership – summer, SPA 218 and SPA399


Community, Arts, and Culture in Cuba – Summer

THR 295 (Fine Arts)

Science and Religion in Germany – Summer
REL 205 (Search for Meaning II) and/or CHM 102 (Lab Science) or SCI 490 (Keystone for Science majors)

Sustainability and Food Justice in Italy & the US – Summer
HIS 170 (Humanities) or HIS 440 (elective)

Music Therapy in China – Summer
MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum (1 credit)
MUS 511: Music Therapy Practicum (0 credits), or
MUS 582: Transcultural Music Therapy (4 credits), or
MUS 511 and MUS 582 (total 4 credits)

Get more information about these short term programs

2021 Forum on Workplace Inclusion Call For Proposals Now Open

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The Forum on Workplace Inclusion®️ is excited to announce the opening of the Call for Proposals for our 33rd Annual Forum on Workplace Inclusion Conference — Workplace Revolution: From Talk to Action.

At this moment in time, we as a global human society are experiencing extreme disruptive change. The Covid 19 pandemic has influenced our ways of being, connecting, planning, and visioning. But as we, The Forum, look to the future with a host of unknown variables, one thing is true. Our highest priority is to continue to foster connections that provide DEI learning opportunities and resources to push bold thinking toward equitable solutions for lasting impact.

We invite you to submit a proposal to be a part of the upcoming program year during this critical time in history.

The submission deadline is Monday, July 27, 2020.

Augsburg Health Commons Needs Your Help

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Hello Auggies!

Augsburg Central Health Commons is taking donations to give to folks who visit us who may be experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. The Commons is always grateful for any donations, but the pandemic has made the need for donations greater than ever before.

If you have the following items that you are willing to donate contact Katie Clark: and/or Rachel Rose: for pick up or drop off information!

Desperately needed items:

If you are looking for another way to help, get together with a group of your friends/family/neighbors to make hygiene kits. Reach out to us, Katie Clark: and/or Rachel Rose: for more information or if you have hygiene kits to donate!

What should you put in a hygiene kit? (Place inside of a gallon ziplock and make sure everything is new or unopened)
Here are some ideas:

-Travel size soap
-Travel size shampoo
-Travel size conditioner
-Travel size lotion
-Floss (optional)
-Razor (double or triple-blade – no single)
-Socks (medium or large, NEW)
-Kleenex or hand wipes

Thank you!
– Augsburg Central Health Commons staff, volunteers, and your community <3 (see the link to Commons website for more information about how we help our community and ways you can help too!) Augsburg Central Health Commons Website

Star Tribune and MN Urban Debate League Sponsor Criminal Justice Reform Essay, Video, and Audio Contest

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The killing of George Floyd and the unrest that followed have created a long-delayed but urgently needed discussion on police brutality, inequities in the criminal justice system and racial injustice more broadly.

The Minnesota Urban Debate League and Star Tribune Opinion believe in the power of young minds and voices. We want the best ideas of students between the ages of 10 and 18 about how our communities can continue the hard work of responding to these crucial challenges.The task is to create an original written essay, video or audio file which describes one or two specific changes our community, state or nation should make to reduce racial inequities and injustices in the criminal justice system.Top submissions as determined by a group of judges from the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota will be published in the Star Tribune and shared with leaders across our state and nation

The submission should be entirely created by students, although others may teach new skills, such as operating a camera, microphone or computer software. Submissions must come from young people between the ages of 10 and 18, using their age as of Dec. 31, 2020. You may also submit a group project with up to six friends (seven people total).
Written essays must be no more than 700 words, typed, double-spaced and in 12-point font. Video and audio submissions should be no longer than two minutes and must be submitted in a file format that can be uploaded to YouTube. Any materials from other people (research, writing, video or audio clips, etc.) must be given credit either in the submission or in an additional text document not more than 50 words long.

How Students Can Enter:

Questions can be sent to To enter, students should fill out the form below and submit your essay, video or audio file by Aug. 16. This is their chance to be passionate, be creative, and use their own personal experiences as evidence to argue for change in our community.

Star Tribune Criminal Youth Essay and Video Contest

Virtual Volunteer Opportunity: Judge Debate Camp This Week

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Are you interested in criminal justice reform? Help Twin Cities high school students have structured conversations on this timely topic. Be a virtual debate judge for the Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University.

No experience is needed. We are looking for caring adults who are willing to listen. Have Zoom? Can judge! All camp debate sessions are virtual. Policy debate rounds begin at 3:45 PM. Listen to practice debates, pick a winner, and give feedback – all while you #StayHome.

We especially need judges during the afternoons of July 14th & July 15th! Sign up today:

Camp Volunteer Sign Up

Event Announcements

History Revealed: Exploring the Historical Roots of Racism in MN

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From the Event Page: A conversation with Bill Green, Christopher Lehman, and Marty Case

In the past year, local historians have published three eye-opening books, each of which, grounded in careful research, explore the roles played by racism in the development of Minnesota. Marty Case’s The Relentless Business of Treaties explores how the U.S., territorial, and state governments, and their leaders, stole land from the indigenous people who had lived here for centuries. Chris Lehman’s Slavery’s Reach reveals the power and influence exerted by wealthy southern slaveholders in the early years of the “North Star State,” and the cooperation extended to them by the state’s founders. Bill Green’s Children of Lincoln tracks the journeys away from abolition and racial equality trod by the new state’s leaders in the immediate post-Civil War years.

These three historians undertook their research and wrote their books independently of each other. Each of them has spoken about his book at ESFL. Now, we are able to bring them together for a conversation about the connections and implications of their conclusions. Given the heightened concern over racism being expressed in our communities, this is a timely conversation for them—and for us—to have. Please join us.

History Revealed: Exploring the Historical Roots of Racism in MN
Thursday, July 9, 7 pm – 8 pm
Online Event Hosted by Ramsey County Historical Society and East Side Freedom Library
Premiere on Facebook (, YouTube ( and Twitter

Find information about this, and other events, in the link below.

Justice for George Floyd Initiatives

Next Week: Engaging ERGs to Create Impact During These Current Times

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When: July 16, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Farzana Nayani, Farzana Nayani, Consulting and Training | Lisa Strack, Bank of the West
Cost: Free

Are you looking for direction as to how to guide your resource group’s programming, focus, and involvement during these current times? This session will focus on how to chart the course forward for your resource groups, starting with a self-assessment, understanding key areas for resource groups within companies, and how to demonstrate impact and value for your entire organization.

We will share best practices using various industry examples related to planning for action and accountability, during these current times.

Global Citizenship: Whole World Sensibilities and Responsibilities in the Time of COVID-19

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When: July 30, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $30 Suggested Donation
Level: Intermediate
Track: Global Diversity
Presenters: Khadija Ali, Global Language Connections | Shawntera M. Hardy, PolicyGrounds Consulting | Mark Ritchie, Global Minnesota

Global citizenship and interconnectivity allows us to experience and impact the world in more expansive ways than ever before. However, with this new international reach, comes responsibility for simultaneously caring for both our local communities and for others on the planet impacted by our actions or decisions. Given these new realities, how do we ensure our practices and solutions meet increasingly complex challenges at the local and planetary levels?

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