SIG and MOQI Earn Two Regional Awards

Recently the Instructional Technologies and Learning Spaces Special Interest Group (SIG) and Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI) efforts earned two regional recognition: a D2L Brightspace Impact Award at the Connections Conference and Special Recognition at the eLearning Summit.

Established at the Minnesota State IT Conference in 2014, the Instructional Technologies and Learning Spaces Special Interest Group (SIG) has been managed by Winona State’s Teaching, Learning and Technology department from the outset and is a growing learning community and social network designed for faculty and staff who work with academic technology, inside and outside the classroom. The SIG provides opportunities for those at all Minnesota State schools to collaborate and share best practices through online resource sharing and webinars. The SIG also works closely with the MOQI to offer free webinars that focus on teaching, learning and technology.

“This past year one of the goals of the SIG was to enhance our collaboration efforts with the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative,” O’Callaghan said, “It was a natural fit for us to work together to provide webinars across Minnesota State. We are both trying to help the same audience so it just made sense to find ways we could work together more closely.”

The SIG is co-coordinated by Robin O’Callaghan (Winona State University) and Carrie Miller (Minnesota State University, Mankato). MOQI is co-coordinated by Robin O’Callaghan and Elizabeth McMahon (Northland Community and Technical College). Working together, the coordinators directed every aspect of these projects, including coordinating and training presenters, scheduling webinars, creating and managing the registration site, promotion and communication, and conducting post-webinar surveys. The combined efforts of the co-coordinators of these projects as well as what each of the presenters contributed are what earned the SIG and MOQI this recognition.

SIG D2L Brightspace Impact Award

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Award Winners: Mary Bohman, Karen Wenz, Carrie Miller, Elizabeth McMahon and Karen LaPlant; Not Pictured: Robin O’Callaghan and Jeff Henline

Awarded at the D2L Brightspace Connections Conference in April 2016, this award recognized the work done by the SIG and MOQI groups to coordinate and lead webinars that focused on best practices for using D2L Brightspace to support excellent teaching. Offered during Fall 2015, these webinars reached more than 460 Minnesota State faculty and staff through 27 webinars focused on the effective use of various D2L Brightspace tools.

SIG D2L Brightspace Presenters

  1. Elizabeth McMahon – Northland Community and Technical College, Faculty
  2. Robin O’Callaghan – Winona State University, Senior Instructional Designer
  3. Carrie Miller – Minnesota State University, Mankato, Senior Instructional Designer
  4. Jeff Henline – Minnesota State University, Mankato, Enterprise Technology Coordinator
  5. Mary Bohman – Winona State University, Instructional Design Specialist
  6. Karen LaPlant – Hennepin Technical College, Faculty
  7. Karen Wenz – System Office, IMS System Administrator
  8. Suzanne Schlangen – System Office, D2L Brightspace Support Analyst

eLearning Summit 2016 – Special Recognition

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Pictured: Lesley Blicker, Peg Sherven, Robin O’Callaghan, Carrie Miller, Elizabeth McMahon and Karen LaPlant

Special Recognition for “Projects Having Exceptional Merit” was given to Robin O’Callaghan, Carrie Miller and Elizabeth McMahon for the work of the SIG and MOQI in managing and delivering more than 20 webinars and one campus tour during the 2015 – 2016 academic year.  These webinars focused on various topics related to best practices for teaching and learning.

Presenters for SIG & MOQI Webinar Series (2015 – 2016)

  1. Darcy Turner – Saint Paul College, Instructional Designer
  2. Carrie Miller – Minnesota State University, Mankato, Senior Instructional Designer
  3. Lisa Bergin – Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Center for Teaching & Learning Programming Consultant, Department of Philosophy
  4. Rebecca March – Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Adjunct Faculty Information Studies Department
  5. Mary Bohman – Winona State University, Instructional Design Specialist
  6. Ginny Walters – Minnesota State University, Mankato, University Fellowship Coordinator & Assistant Director of Honor Program
  7. Michael Manderfeld – Minnesota State University, Mankato, Senior Instructional Designer
  8. Catherine Artac – Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Instructional Designer
  9. Todd Digby – Minnesota State, System Director of Academic Technology
  10. Tom Hill – Winona State University, Director of Learning Spaces
  11. Ken Graetz – Winona State University, Director of Teaching, Learning and Technology
  12. Stephanie Stango – Winona State University, Media Equipment Manager
  13. Wes Boberg – Ridgewater College, Earth Science Instructor
  14. Laura Schwartz – Minnesota State University, Mankato, Assistant Professor of Nursing
  15. J.C. Turner – Riverland Community College, Director of Instructional Technology and Intellectual Property
  16. Elizabeth McMahon – Northland Community and Technical College, Faculty

 

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