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. Continue reading

D2L Brightspace: Free “Getting Started” webinars

SIG Learning Spaces & Instructional Technology LogoAre you looking for opportunities to learn more about how to effectively set up your courses using D2L Brightspace?  The Minnesota State’s Special Interest Group: Learning Spaces & Instructional Technologies will be holding a series of free 1-hour webinars to get faculty who are new to D2L Brightspace up and running.

Access these free webinars from your home or campus – whichever works for you. Session size is limited so register early!

The following sessions will be held July 25 thru September 2:

  • Introduction and Overview of D2L Brightspace
  • Organize Your Content
  • Using Respondus Quiz Tool
  • D2L Brightspace Quiz Tool
  • Announcements (formerly News), Classlist and Email
  • D2L Brightspace Discussion Board Tool
  • Points Based/ Weighted Gradebook
  • D2L Brightspace Assignments Tool (formerly Dropbox)
  • Groups in D2L Brightspace

Full descriptions, session dates and times as well as registration information can be found at the MN Quality Eventbrite registration page (link will open in a new window).

Please share the attached flyer with colleagues who may be interested. SIGD2LGettingStartedWebinars2016