November 18, 2020
Volume 4, Number 7
Hello MSU Educators,

We in FCTL are reaching out to say “THANKS”. We appreciate all the work you have done during this never before seen Fall semester, your participation in our Book Reads, and your engagement in our Gather & Share's and Professional/Educator Development events was great. We hope that you found the FCTL offerings helpful and hope that you plan on incorporating one technique, practice, and/or strategy into your Spring 2021 courses.

The insight and knowledge shared among us and your fellow MSU educators is very much appreciated. We plan on using the information gained from you to tailor our next semester offerings so they will be enjoyable and helpful to your growth and practice. Speaking of sharing, we would like you to participate and share your response to the question "What I Love About Teaching". See Below.

Check out the FCTL website for information on services, to access previous newsletters, and other educator resources:

We are wishing you a restful, safe, and healthy break. Enjoy your time away and we will see you in Spring 2021.

Daryl R. Privott, FCTL Director & Emily Larson, FCTL Graduate Assistant
What I Love About Teaching Campaign
Hello Educators,
We are looking for your response to the question "What I love about teaching?"

Take a few moments to share your response by clicking the link below:
Guidance for the Holidays
As you spend time with family and friends during the holidays, please try to take as many precautions as possible, including social distancing, wearing a mask, and staying away from crowds and public areas of concern. The following links provide additional guidance:
Winter Term Opportunities
We have scheduled two Winter terms to provide you with as much flexibility in completing classes as possible. Both terms are a great way to maximize your time during the holiday break and allow you to catch up, or get ahead, within your program.
  • Winter Term II: Begins December 3 and continues 100% online until January 1, with the week of January 4-8 having the option for on-campus, in-person classes and/or labs. The term ends on January 8.
  • Winter Term I: Begins December 14 and continues 100% online until January 8.
Please consult with your academic advisor if you have any questions. If you are planning to enroll in Winter I or II please go online and electronically sign your Financial Responsibility Agreement. 
Spring Semester at a Glance
January 11-15 - Instructors will begin sending informational items in advance
of classes

January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Observance

January 19 - Spring Semester Classes begin

February 17 - Academic Break - No Classes

March 30 - Academic Break - No Classes

May 3-7 - Final Exams

May 8 - Commencement (Tentative)
Magna (Online) Webinars
24/7 Professional Development for Faculty
Featured Webinar:

What are the Basics of Podcasting?
Discover how to evaluate your content in the context of a podcast and determine if this is an appropriate tool for your content delivery. Gain an idea of the benefits to podcasting, both as a content delivery platform and a way for students to receive content in an efficient and convenient way.

Benefits of Magna Webinars:
  • Each webinar takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
  • All webinars are available on your schedule since they are online and easily accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Webinars include supplemental materials such as bibliographies and handouts.
  • Certificates of completion are available for professional portfolios and Faculty 180

Accessing Webinars:

These licensed Magna resources are available through a password-protected website. For access, educators need to:
  • Log into MSU’s employee portal;
  • Look under the My Classes (Blackboard) section for the Magna Training Site;
  • If Magna isn't showing up in your list of courses, please send a request to be added to
  • When you click on the Magna Training Site, the Blackboard shell will open. Select Magna Campus and then launch the LTI link, select 20-Minute Mentor Commons. After selecting 20-Minute Mentor Commons, choose Teaching Face to Face then Teaching Strategies. Chose the featured title

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