January 19, 2021
Volume 6, Number 1
Welcome Back
Hello Educators
Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

We hope that you and yours are healthy and that you are ready for the many adventures the Spring 2021 semester will bring.

This newsletter starts the sixth (6th) volume of the Teaching Tuesday newsletter. The previous volumes can be found here.

As we pivoted to online in the Spring 2020 semester, the FCTL developed the Online Teaching Strategies & Tools (OTST) newsletter. This newsletter provided resources to help with the pivot to online and can still be used as an online teaching resource. The OTST newsletter can be found here.

The FCTL is excited about the upcoming professional/educator development events that will be offered during this semester. These include "Gather & Share" events that happen on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 3:45pm. The topic for the first Gather and Share will be "How are we doing?".

The QEP Level Up trainings will be happening during the semester with two being offered this week. Today, January 19, 2021 @9:30am on Service Learning with Louise Mason and Thursday, January 21, 2021 @2pm on Undergraduate Research with Evan Prellberg. Click this link to register for these trainings.

One goal of the FCTL is to build relationships with and between you, our students, our colleagues and our partners. We are looking forward to building these relationships during the Spring 2021 semester.

Have a wonderful week!

What I Love About Teaching
Hello MSU Educators!

The FCTL is looking for your response to the question "What I love about teaching?"

Click the link below to share your response:

Here is a response from Michelle McClave, Associate Professor Nursing

What I love about teaching…  
I love how much I learn when I teach. In every course I've ever taught in the last 13 years, I've gained so much from the learners. I've also learned a lot about myself as a learner and a teacher. I've learned to look at the big picture and not get weighted down focusing on grammar or formatting. I've learned that there are different ways to look at every piece of content. I've learned that learners come from different backgrounds that greatly influence the way they learn and view information. Finally, I've learned that for most learners, learning is why they're in college. And, if I can help them acquire those knowledge, skills, and attitudes that help them improve themselves, I've met my goal as a teacher.
...Michelle McClave, MSU Nursing
Blackboard Buzz
Overview of Blackboard
Are you teaching online this semester? Are you new to Blackboard—MSU’s learning management system (LMS)? 
Blackboard is an easy-to-use online learning management system that is available 24/7. Faculty can post syllabi, readings and assignments in one easy to find location for their students. Blackboard also enhances faculty-to-student and student-to-student communication via email, virtual chats and discussion boards.
For general information about Blackboard, including course components, go to this introductory YouTube video. For on-campus support, email msuonline@moreheadstate.edu.
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