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TOMORROW at 10 a.m. : Feedback Part 1: Monitoring Student Progress

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

If you are used to seeing your students regularly in the f2f classroom, the transition to an online modality can be unsettling. This session focuses on ways the data available to you in Moodle can help ensure that you keep track of your students’ progress. The first 15 minutes will focus on Activity Completion, a user-friendly report that can give you an “at-a-glance” view of students’ engagement. The rest of the hour will focus on other Moodle activities and tools (logs, the attendance activity, the gradebook) that will provide you with feedback on how your students’ are navigating the semester.

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.

Tech Tune-ups & Tips (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Wednesday at 10 a.m. : “Wise Feedback” in the Remote Teaching Environment

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

In this session we’ll talk about the “Wise feedback” strategy of responding to student work in a way that makes it more likely students — especially at-risk students — will engage with your feedback and be motivated to and confident that they can meet high expectations.

Wednesdays from 10 am – 11 am: CTL’s Practical Pedagogy Series

Please join CTL Director Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright and guests for the Practical Pedagogy Series every Wednesday from 10-11am. Designed to complement the Tech Tune-Ups and Tips series and Fellowship Fridays, the Practical Pedagogy series will focus on helping you maintain and/or improve your current pedagogical practices using your preferred Emergency Remote Instruction (ERI, aka Augsburg’s “Hybrid”) option: LIve Remote, Blended, or Parallel. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the Augsburg CTL website, and weekly topics will be posted in A-mail. We look forward to seeing you!

Practical Pedagogy (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Free Course: Black Lives Matter

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

COURSE PURPOSE: Black Minds Matter is a public series that is designed to raise the national consciousness about issues facing Black students in education. The series intentionally addresses the pervasive undervaluing and criminalization of Black minds. Tangible solutions for promoting the learning, development, and success of Black students are offered.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
-Identify how assumptions of criminality about Black students are manifested in school, college, and university settings.
-Recognize how socially constructed viewpoints of Black intelligence decenter them as learners in educational institutions.
-Embrace asset-based views of Black students rooted in the concepts of equity-mindedness and institutional responsibility.
-Articulate research-based policies and practices that serve to promote the learning, development, and success of Black students throughout the educational pipeline.

COURSE PREREQUISITES
There are two dispositional prerequisites for this course. Learners must have a willingness to:
1. Acknowledge their own unconscious and conscious biases and the effect this has on the educational experiences of Black students.
2. Engage their personal responsibility for redressing disparate educational outcomes for Black students in education.

COURSE DURATION
Each module requires a 5 hours commitment (including video session and readings).

WHO CAN JOIN?
CORA (Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement) is offering Black Minds Matter for all educators.

Find this and other events on the Justice for George Floyd Initiatives page: https://inside.augsburg.edu/diversity/george-floyd-initiatives/

Black Minds Matter

It’s Feedback Week

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Tuesday – Thursday, Tech Tuneups & Tips and Practical Pedagogy will be devoted to Feedback. These are all offered at 10 am, and you can find more information and links via the CTL page below.

Tech Tuneups & Tips, Tuesday, July 28: Feedback Part 1: Monitoring Student Progress: If you are used to seeing your students regularly in the f2f classroom, the transition to an online modality can be unsettling. This session focuses on ways the data available to you in Moodle can help ensure that you keep track of your students’ progress. The first 15 minutes will focus on Activity Completion, a user-friendly report that can give you an “at-a-glance” view of students’ engagement. The rest of the hour will focus on other Moodle activities and tools (logs, the attendance activity, the gradebook) that will provide you with feedback on how your students’ are navigating the semester.

Practical Pedagogy, Wednesday, July 29: ‘Wise Feedback’ in the Remote Teaching Environment: In this session we’ll talk about the “Wise feedback” strategy of responding to student work in a way that makes it more likely students — especially at-risk students — will engage with your feedback and be motivated to and confident that they can meet high expectations.

Tech Tuneups & Tips, Thursday, July 30: Feedback Part 2: Keeping Students Apprised of their Progress: Timely feedback is essential in motivating students to continue to engage in an online class. Previous sessions have introduced asynchronous active learning technologies that can provide immediate feedback (e.g., the Moodle lesson, H5P Interactive video, VoiceThread LTI, Moodle quizzes). This session will give you a “student’s perspective” on Moodle grading as well as important strategies for ensuring students’ have an accurate sense of their grades throughout the semester.

Center for Teaching and Learning

General Announcements

Matching Fund for Donations in Response to the George Floyd Murder

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

We have established a fund of $20,000 to match donations from students, faculty and staff to nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities that are doing important work to combat racism, meet the needs of our neighbors, and help to rebuild communities and businesses. We have chosen four organizations with which Augsburg has important ties and we now are ready to launch the matching fund.

Any gift to one or more of these four organizations from a member of the Augsburg community will be matched dollar for dollar. The four organizations are:

MIGIZI (migizi.org): MIGIZI was founded in 1977 as Migizi Communications, Inc., with a goal of countering the misrepresentations and inaccuracies about Native people in the media. MIGIZI’s first weekly radio production, The Native American Program, set the stage for First Person Radio and its nationally distributed programming. Today, First Person Productions is a multimedia training effort for Native youth aimed at providing state-of-the-art storytelling skills, enhancing self-esteem and improving academic performance. Additional MIGIZI efforts address youth needs in jobs, culture, leadership and more. MIGIZI’s building was destroyed in the violence that ensued after George Floyd’s murder.

JUXTAPOSITION ARTS (juxtapositionarts.org): Juxtaposition Arts develops community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power. Black, POCI and other youth are already building the abundant and just future they envision. Help amplify the creativity of young artists in ways that improve our city.

PILLSBURY UNITED COMMUNITIES (pillsburyunited.org): Pillsbury United Communities co-creates enduring change toward a just society. Built with and for the people we serve, our united system of programs, neighborhood centers, and social enterprises empowers individuals and families across the region to own their future on their own terms. The Brian Coyle Center in Cedar-Riverside is one of Pillsbury’s community centers.

NORTHSIDE ACHIEVEMENT ZONE (northsideachievement.org): The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) exists to permanently close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in North Minneapolis. Together with our partner organizations, we are walking side by side with low-income families as they put their children on a path to college.

To qualify for matching funds, Augsburg community members should make a gift to one of these organizations between now and the end of July and send a copy of a donation receipt to Cyndi Berg (bergc2@augsburg) in the President’s office. Please note:request for matching funds, in the subject line. After August 1, we will total the gifts to each of the organizations and send matching funds equal to the total donated.

The matching funds are made possible through gifts to the President’s Strategic Fund, which were contributed by alumni and friends of Augsburg this past spring.

This matching fund program is simply one way in which the Augsburg community can take concrete action to live up to our personal and institutional commitments to the values of anti-racism and community building. We believe that Augsburg is called to be a neighbor to the communities that surround our campus.

Lunches Needed for South Mpls Distribution Site

submitted by greena@augsburg.edu

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church has continued to distribute food and supplies to neighbors every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday since the murder of George Floyd and uprisings that followed. The distribution is led by staff of color and runs on volunteer support in order for the 200+ families to receive what they need each day. Augsburg alum Grace Corbin has been helping coordinate volunteer recruitment and is wondering if the Augsburg community can step up and help feed volunteers and staff so they can stay nourished for the day!

Sign up for lunch duty with your family, friends, or co-workers! Order from a local restaurant or make something (using covid-19 precautions) to share. No need to be an expert chef!

Morning and afternoon volunteer shifts to help pack and distribute food and supplies are also available.

And don’t forget that staff have Community Service hours to use for opportunities like this!

Sign up here!

Event Announcements

Virtual Town Halls for Parents and Families 7/30 and 8/3

Virtual town halls primarily geared for parents and families of Augsburg students will be hosted by President Paul Pribbenow on Thursday, July 30, and Monday, August 3, from 5-6 p.m. Recordings will be posted after the events. The link to join the webinar will be posted on the Virtual Town Halls page on the Outbreak Planning site

Virtual Town Hall Meetings

 

URGO Summer Research Presentations (SSHA)

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

TODAY, July 27, from 10:00am to 2:30pm, Augsburg URGO Researchers from Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts will present their summer research projects. All are welcome to attend!

This is a virtual event; click the link to join.
https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/92637554757?pwd=QUUzWWVIanZNRE9tMGZIbTZNd2Q0dz09

Monday’s Schedule
10:00 – 11:00
Jessica Mendoza, “Restorative Justice in MN”
Abigail Eck, “Creating and Supporting Equity and Accessibility in High School Orchestra: Three Teachers’ Perspectives”
Serena Gilman, “Moderators Of Discrimination”

11:00 – 11:30 BREAK

11:30 – 12:30
Norhan Qasem, “Stress, Coping, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
Alexa Nieder, “LGBTQ Resilience and Recovery”
Cameron Phillip, “Muslims in Minnesota: An American Medina”

12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH BREAK

1:30 – 2:30
Danny Reinan, “Transgender Historiography & The Theater”
Ebelin Morales Delgado, “Cultivating Community: How Farmers Markets and The Minneapolis Uprising Created community”
Zoe Barany and Eliaz Wirz, “Whose River? Remapping, Power, Justice, and Sustainability on the Upper Mississippi River”

URGO Summer Research Presentations (NSMSCS)

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

On Monday, July 27, through Wednesday, July 29, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, Augsburg URGO Researchers from Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Sciences will present their summer research projects. All are welcome to attend!

This is a virtual event; click the link to join!
https://augsburg.zoom.us/my/mwentzel

Monday’s Schedule
10:00 – 11:15
Jade Boysen: Sulfide Single Crystal Growth: Research Geared Toward Sustainable Electronics
Kei Heltemes: How a Physicist Repairs a CNC Machine
Kong Yang: Title to be announced
Edwin Panora: Computational tools to study physics swimming microrganism pt 2
Gregory Miller: Visualization and Modeling of Aphid Feeding and Reproduction

11:30 – 1:00 BREAK

1:00 – 2:00
Lanie Lobdell: Exploring the Structure of Myosin
McKenna Ellena: Exploring the structure of Tetrahymena Myosin-13 using molecular dynamics
Selena Lor: Optimizing Simulations for the Structural Study of Tetrahymena Actin
Grace Puchaicela: MYOSIN 8

Tuesday’s Schedule
10:00 – 11:15
Ethan Poppen: Preparing Polymer Education Tools for the Future
Madeline Rasche: When Life gives you Lemons, make Biginelli’s Lemonade
Barbara Sabino Pina: Fate of Peroxy Radicals
Sean Litwin: To be announced
Justin Holewa: Genome-Wide Identification and Analysis of Chitinases in Barley

11:30 – 1:00 BREAK

1:00 – 2:00
Ted Strombeck: Predicting Personality Types with Machine Learning
David Robshaw: Redistricting in R
Anh Huynh: Gamma band activity is decreased in an animal model of schizophrenia
Jacob Klinger: Adapted for life without walls

Free Online Event: Dear White People: Showing Up for Black Colleagues

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Dear White People: Showing up for Black colleagues
Wednesday, July 29, 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Register at: https://ehe.osu.edu/events/dear-white-people-showing-black-colleagues/

From the Event Page: Dear White People is a four-part webinar series interrogating whiteness, anti-blackness and anti-racism in education. Part 4 of the series investigates how do you show up for your Black colleagues in schools and campuses?

Find this event and more on the “Justice for George Floyd” Initiatives page linked below.

Justice for George Floyd Initiatives

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Support Our West Bank Business Neighbors

submitted by isaacson@augsburg.edu

FYI, the West Bank Business Association is conducting two new fundraising efforts to support our neighborhood businesses. They include a buy one, give one restaurant gift card campaign to support local restaurants with matching funds provided by the Minneapolis Foundation. The other is a fundraising campaign supplemented by the City of Minneapolis to support the remaining costs of window repairs and additional lighting improvements.

To learn more and support West Bank businesses, go to www.thewestbank.org/