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Qualtrics Classic Reports Going Away Oct 31, 2020

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Qualtrics has informed us that they’re retiring the Classic Reports in favor of the new Advanced Reports. Below is what they have said:

Over the last 24 months, we’ve been working hard to develop an improved and modern reporting experience. The new and improved Advanced Reports experience is now available to all of our customers and offers a number of benefits including: a new simplified user experience, better application performance and increased stability in report generation. You can find out more about the new experience on this support page.

After October 31st, 2020, you will lose access to any reports which were created with Classic Reports, including scheduled emails and public reports. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to rebuild reports on the Advanced Reports platform and to download a PDF copy of existing reports you wish to keep.

To view Classic Reports in a user account, navigate to the Advanced Reports page (Reports tab > Reports section), click on the name of the advanced report and select View Classic Reports from the dropdown.

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TODAY at 10 a.m. : Moodle Attendance and Academic Integrity in the Virtual Classroom

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Tracking student attendance will become even more important (for contact tracing and financial aid implications). The first 15 minutes will focus on how to use the Moodle Attendance activity to streamline this record-keeping. The rest of the hour will address strategies and activities that will encourage your students to resist the temptation to cheat.

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.

*This workshop is eligible for a $25 stipend for union adjunct faculty. See for information.

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

URGO Federal Work-Study Research Pilot Program

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This is a pilot program supporting undergraduate research students through federal work-study funds. We are limiting the number of student researchers supported during the 20-21 academic year to 12 students and funding will be determined by a first-come, first-serve basis. Faculty from any discipline who need assistance with their research from a student are invited to participate in the pilot. An individual faculty member may propose only one student position who will work 5-20 hours per week and no more than their federal work-study allotment. During the 20-21 academic year, the research projects must follow Augsburg’s guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Please note that the student eligibility for federal work-study and the total number of hours must be confirmed by Human Resources after you complete this form. Open until all 12 positions are filled.

If the student will work 100 hours or less total, we recommend applying instead for the URGO Academic Year research grant.

Questions contact Human Resources at

2020-2021 Federal Work-Study Student Researcher Request Form

TOMORROW at 10 a.m. : Course Policies in the Time of Covid: Flexibility Without Decreasing Rigor

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Learn about ways to design your course policies to not only reduce frustration for you and your students but to increase your students’ ability to succeed in your remote learning classroom.

Wednesdays through August 19 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!

*This workshop is eligible for a $25 stipend for union adjunct faculty. See for information.

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

Adjuncts, Earn $25 per Workshop While Getting Your Courses Ready for Fall

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Faculty, the eLearning team has been working hard to provide helpful tips and resources for getting your classes ready. Check out the Tech Tune-ups and Tips every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am. CTL has been focused the pedagogical side with Practical Pedagogy on Wednesdays at 10 am. Take advantage of these wonderful sessions. *Live attendance at these workshops is eligible for $25 stipends for union adjunct faculty. See for information.

Then check out the resources for any sessions that you may have missed. There are links to recordings on the Google doc schedules. You can find this information on CTL’s front page under “Events”. The Google docs can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address. They have the necessary ZOOM information, schedules, workshop descriptions, and resources from past sessions. Don’t miss out on these learning opportunities.

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Moodle Showcase 2020-21

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Faculty, if you haven’t already noticed it, there is a new course on your Moodle 2020-21 Dashboard entitled Moodle Showcase. This course contains exemplary samples of your colleagues’ Moodle courses. The site showcases the use of images by James Vela-McConnell, an Online Group Presentation Assignment by Christina Erickson, VoiceThread LTI (integrated VT) by Kris McHale and Susan Loushin, H5P Interactive Videos by Lynda Enright, Activity Completion by Henry Yoon, and the Moodle Lesson by Phyllis Kapetanakis. Make sure you explore this site for ideas as you plan your own courses for the Fall.

Moodle Showcase 2020-2021

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

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The Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs has updated its general list of funding opportunities. Check out requests for proposals for grants in your discipline at the page linked here:

For next steps, visit
To conduct your own tailored search for grants, visit

Moodle Community Site Upgrade

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The time has come to upgrade our Moodle Community site. The upgrade will not automatically move Moodle Community courses or sites over to the new instance (the exception for this is major and minor sites). Site managers can copy over their sites to the new instance.IT will manually copy or migrate courses and sites over, ONLY if requested via the form below. The current and new instance of Moodle Community will be available till Fall or until the migration is completed. Please fill out the Google form linked below to have your Moodle Community course or site copied over.

*Academic Moodle will not be affected.

link to current community:

link to new community:

link to backup/restore help:

Copy Your Moodle Community Course or Site

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

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Each year URGO offers $1,325 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 14th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

Find the application at URGO’s website.

URGO On-Campus Research

General Announcements

Centralized Mask Purchase is Complete

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All Augsburg faculty, staff, and students must wear face coverings while in any common areas on university property, as required by an executive order from MN Gov. Tim Walz that went into effect July 24.

Facilities Management already has made masks available to critical staff, faculty, and resident students on campus, and the university has placed a large order for reusable, adjustable, customized cloth masks that will arrive in mid-August. A variety of Augsburg-specific designs will be available for Augsburg community members in Minneapolis and Rochester, and individuals can opt to receive one mask free of charge as we enter the new academic year.

A key benefit of purchasing the masks in bulk was Augsburg’s ability to negotiate a lower price per piece for a higher quality mask, thereby using university resources responsibly. The mask designs feature Augsburg‘s maroon and gray brand colors, logo, and spirit marks.

Augsburg community members should not pursue purchasing additional face coverings using university funds without first consulting with Laura Swanson Lindahl, director of marketing. Please send questions or comments about the centralized mask order to Contact Bryan Massich at to receive a mask from Facilities before the bulk order arrives.

Preview the mask designs.

Timesheet Approval Deadline – Monday August 10 at Noon

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The supervisor deadline for timesheet approvals will permanently move to 12:00 PM on Monday during payroll weeks effective with the upcoming pay period end date this Saturday, August 8 (pay date 8/14).

Supervisors should work with their respective departments to ensure that staff and student employees submit their timesheets in time for supervisors to meet the new deadline.

A communication will be emailed to all supervisors, staff and student employees this week that will provide more information about important changes and improvements to our payroll processes and policies.

As a reminder, please email with any questions related to time entry and/or payroll.

Check Out the “Justice for George Floyd Initiatives” Page

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This page is updated daily with training and webinar opportunities, as well as chances to get involved by marching, donating, and/or volunteering. You can also submit items to the page by using the form linked at the top. Keep checking back for added opportunities to learn, connect, and take action.

Justice for George Floyd Initiatives

Free COVID-19 Testing, Augsburg Urgent Phone Counseling Services and Resilience Skills Workshop

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Free COVID-19 Testing at People’s Center Health Services (one block from Augsburg on Riverside). People’s Center has drive-upCOVID-19 testing that is first-come, first-serve (no appointment necessary). Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30am to 3:45pm; Thursdays from 8:30am to noon. The testing is free if you are uninsured; if you have insurance your insurance will be billed but there will be no charge to the patient. See link below for more information and a new patient registration form to complete and bring to the appointment.
People’s Center COVID-19 Testing

CWC’s 24/7 Urgent Phone Counseling Service, ProtoCall, is available 24/7 to support students. Just call CWC’s main phone 612-330-1707 and choose Option 1 to talk to a trained mental health counselor for coping support and referrals.

Surviving through Thriving: Resilience Skills for College Students in Uncertain Times: Tues., Aug 11, 2020 6:00 PM Tues, Aug 25, 2020 7:30 PM. Cost: $49. Full or partial scholarships Available. No eligible student turned away for inability to pay. Contact to apply. LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC are most welcome.

Enjoy these summer days! The CWC staff looks forward to seeing students in the fall!

Nancy Guilbeault
Director, CWC

Event Announcements

Spring Break Study Abroad in Guatemala – Apply by November 1

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Take a spring semester course that includes 10 days of travel to Guatemala on Spring break!


Course options:

RLN 409 – fulfills a Search for Meaning II requirement, or

RLN 480 – Keystone for some majors

Faculty Leader: Professor Matt Maruggi

Travel Dates: March 12-21, 2021 (spring break)

Explore the concept of vocation in the context of poverty and political oppression, examining the ways in which Christian theology has been and continues to be used, both to justify oppression and injustice, as well as to support social justice movements and offer hope for a peaceful and just social order. Critically examine the ways religious faith informs the daily lives and communities of people in Guatemala, especially in their work for a more peaceful and just society. Reflect upon the history of faith and the struggle for peace and justice in Guatemala through the narratives of several spiritually-grounded change agents, and their understanding of vocation.

***Applications due November 1***

Learn more and start an application

Supply Drive Tues. Aug. 4 in Lot L from 6-8 p.m. Donate and/or Volunteer

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In partnership with M Health Fairview, Pillsbury United Communities, and the Brian Coyle Center, we invite you to join us for a Supply Drive for the Cedar Riverside Community.


Tuesday, August 4 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.


Parking Lot L at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and 25th Ave S which is immediately east of the Edor Nelson Field and Dome; Augsburg University, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454.

Note – if you are not able to drop items at Augsburg on August 4th, M Health Fairview is collecting donations from August 3-14, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, at two locations: Smiley’s Clinic (2020 E. 28th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407) and their Midway Campus (1700 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55104).


We are collecting new, unopened household supplies and personal care items. We encourage you to purchase items from locally owned businesses, if possible. Donations will be transported to the Brian Coyle Center, one of the Pillsbury United Communities sites, for distribution.

These are the most needed supplies:

Baby wipes
Paper towels
Trash bags
Toilet paper
Laundry soap
Dish Soap
Bar soap
Household cleaning supplies
Facemasks (homemade face coverings welcome)
Bottled water
Hand sanitizer
Tote bags and paper bags with handles

For more info contact Heather Riddle at or visit

Supply Drive Blog Post

Volunteers Needed Wednesday/Friday in August

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Augsburg alum Grace Corbin has reached out with an opportunity for the Augsburg community to show up in support of our South Minneapolis neighbors. Volunteers are needed to help set up, distribute supplies and food, and clean-up during distributions on Wednesdays and Fridays through August at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Hundreds of neighbors (including some from Cedar-Riverside) who rely on the stores that are still closed on Lake St come to the distribution each week. Even as the need for free, accessible food and supplies remains (and grows!), the amount of volunteers and donations has dropped significantly since the immediate aftermath of the uprising following the murder of George Floyd.

Shifts are available from 9:30am-12pm or 11:30am-2:30pm. Or stay all day! Can’t be there in person? Sign up to send lunch!

Sign up here:

What can you expect while you’re there? Here’s what I’ve experienced:
-Full body workouts!
-Quality time in the sun or the shade or indoors with new friends and old friends.
-Teamwork that’s both planned out and on the fly.
-Delicious lunch and snacks and plenty of water… plus the occasional popsicle break.
-An inside look at how communities respond to needs together with urgency, patience, creativity, listening, and the leadership of people of color.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, including any about COVID-19 safety protocols.

Keeping Track of Auggies

Dr. John Zobitz Receives NSF Research Grant

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Dr. John Zobitz, Professor of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, has received a new three-year research grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology, to study mathematical models of soil carbon cycling. Dr. Zobitz will collaborate with Dr. Naupaka Zimmerman in the Biology Department at the University of San Francisco.

Together they will lead undergraduates to measure and mathematically model rates of change of soil carbon dioxide in response to environmental and climatic effects (soil microbes, weather, and other physical processes). They will also validate data collected by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON, and other databases in the scientific community. Additionally, they will lead a faculty training cohort in a suite of training and professional development to address the diverse identities of undergraduate students and researchers. The title of the project is “Development and Validation of a Continuous Soil Respiration Product at Core Terrestrial NEON Sites”. Dr. Zobitz’s grant award totals $100,427. The grant number for this award is NSF 2017829.


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