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