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Teaching and Learning

CTL “Quick Guide” to Tech Tune-Up and Practical Pedagogy Recordings and Resources

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Feeling overwhelmed with course prep? CTL and the E-Learning team have created several sessions to help you adapt to this new mode of teaching! Check out the suggested schedule below to access resources to help you effectively and efficiently get ready for classes next week. Use the descriptions below each recording title to focus on the specific information you most need.

Quick Guide (This link can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Forum Podcast Ep. 42 – Politically (In-)Correct: Survival Lessons for the 21st Century

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In this The Forum Podcast, Dr. Kristine F. Hoover (Gonzaga University) addresses the gap in knowledge for well intended people who may struggle with language and skills to “do the work” and to engage in dialogue with diverse others.

COVID-Safe Community Engagement for Classes or Groups

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Planning a community-engaged learning opportunity now has added complexities, whether trying to stay virtual or working out details of being in person. It is possible! In addition to the existing guides on experiential education, the Sabo Center has created a new guide with questions to consider and resources to check out in the process of planning during COVID-19. Find this resource and more on our Classroom Connections webpage.

Community Engagement Resources

General Announcements

The Study Abroad and Away Office — Open for Virtual Appointments

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The Center for Global Education and Experience (Study Abroad & Away) is operating remotely and we have appointments available via Zoom. Our staff and peer advisors are here to support you as you plan ahead for the future!

Semester and short-term programs in the US and internationally are available for fall semester and beyond. Short-term courses for spring break and summer 2021 have destinations in the following locations: Guatemala, New York City, Minnesota Tribal Lands, Cuba, Germany, and Italy.

Our advisors are here to help every Auggie – whether you’re just getting started with Study Abroad & Away, or you already have a program chosen. Schedule an appointment here:

You can also send us an email:, or stop by our website, below.

Learn more about Study Abroad and Away

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

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

COVID-19: Monitor Your Symptoms Daily with the CampusClear App

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CampusClear is a free self-screening free application for iPhones and Androids that everyone in the Augsburg community must complete daily before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall. Self-screening is an easy action to take and one that is critical in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Download here

Adhere to Health Guidelines in Social Media

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You already know that what you post on social media can impact your reputation, and you probably monitor what you do or say accordingly.

During the pandemic, there’s a new thing to watch out for: photos that don’t reflect physical distancing or the appropriate use of masks. Such photos can go viral, generating negative feedback.

This is especially important for social media posts that represent Augsburg. In order to support students, staff, faculty, and their families, we are following the Minnesota Department of Health’s guidelines for institutions of higher education, as well as Governor Walz’s executive order mandating face coverings in public spaces indoors as well as outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Photos posted to Augsburg social media accounts or photos that tag Augsburg should reflect these practices.

Please also keep in mind that photos from before the pandemic may be misinterpreted. For now please do not use old photos that show groups of people close together for Augsburg-related communications.

Attention RefWorks Users

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If you use the RefWorks citation management software, please be advised that Lindell Library is transitioning its support from RefWorks to free alternatives such as Mendeley or Zotero. If you use RefWorks to manage your bibliographic citations, you should download your data from your RefWorks account no later than Friday, September 11. If you have questions, please feel free to contact your library liaison or Mary Hollerich, or x1603.

Migrating to RefWorks

COVID-19 Database in Library

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Lindell Library’s HeinOnline database just added a collection of governmental and scholarly articles on the COVID-19 pandemic, titled “COVID-19 in America: Response, Issues, and Law”. With this resource, you can:

Find factual information about how COVID-19 has impacted public health, economics, society, and the world;

Peruse hundreds of Congressional Research Service (CRS) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports on the various ways COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of life, from testing issues in the medical field to unemployment and economic impact; and

Discover a curated list of relevant scholarly articles and external links to supplement their research.

These reports provide insight into federal response to the pandemic, discussing not only those issues that are highly prevalent in the media (e.g., vaccine development), but also less publicized topics such as the pandemic’s effect on organ donation and transplantation, support for the homeless, and more.

For more information, contact your liaison librarian or Mary Hollerich, or x1603.

HeinOnline database – click on COVID-19 in America

Wondering How to Connect with Our Neighbors?

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Augsburg’s commitment to community service and engagement is long-standing and deeply held. Since 1992, day undergraduate students have participated in service projects on City Engagement Day, even before they’ve had their first class. The COVID-19 pandemic requires us to press pause on City Engagement Day this year, but our commitment to community building is unwavering. Instead of sending hundreds of incoming students out to serve Minneapolis neighborhoods and organizations, we are encouraging students, faculty, and staff to engage with their local communities in ways that are meaningful to them personally.

For those looking for local options for engagement, Sabo Center staff members have compiled this list of local opportunities for community service. We will update this document as we learn of new opportunities, and we have not vetted every one, so take care in considering COVID-19 safety practices, the organization’s capacity to host groups, and other key questions.

If you’d like to suggest an addition to this list, please email us at

Local Engagement Opportunities

Top 2 Things Students Need to Know This Week

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1. To reflect the promise of care and concern we are making to each other at Augsburg, each student, faculty and staff is receiving the Augsburg Community Commitment. Read through the commitment and click the acknowledgement at the end, showing you have received, read and understand the commitment.

2. As you prepare for the start of the academic year, check out this link with helpful info on parking, Moodle tips, bookstore, and other resources.

Event Announcements

Thursday. Forum Webinar – Facing the Reality: Partnering with the Business to Execute D&I Priorities

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When: August 27, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Jeffrey Cookson, Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW) | Aisha Ghori Ozaki, Allstate Insurance Company | Shona Ramchandani, Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW)
Cost: Free

Allstate has been on a journey to expand the impact of inclusive diversity throughout the enterprise. This webinar presents unexpected ways business units chose to act and directly face their teams with critical inclusion training opportunities. Hear from a member of the Inclusive Diversity team, and a volunteer facilitator and training partner (LCW) who will share the process and journey of designing, implementing, and delivering a unique learning program aimed at disrupting unconscious bias in the workplace.

Forum Webinar – Engineering Affinity: An Easier Way to Create an Inclusive Environment

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When: September 17, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Joseph Santana, CDO PowerCircle
Cost: Free

Learning to accept differences, watching our thoughts, avoiding right and wrong dichotomies, training for unconscious bias awareness—these are all often-recommended steps toward being more open and accepting of others. Companies spend billions of dollars a year on these training programs. Unfortunately, they often fall short. Find out why and take away easy-to-apply, quick, practical ways to create the inclusive environment you want!

“Get Ready for Fall” Staff/Faculty Session: TODAY

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The session covers key information that faculty and staff need to know about coming to campus to work this fall. Please join Rebecca John, VP and chief operating officer along with Dawn Miller, HR director; Alicia Quella, Physician Assistant program director, chair, and associate professor; and Bryan Massich, Augsburg Facilities manager.

8/26 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The link to join the webinar is on the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg

All Hands

Keeping Track of Auggies

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