Professional Development Center

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Normandale is made up of six faculty members from across the college dedicated to advancing student learning by helping colleagues refine their teaching.  Here is a link to the Chalk and Pixels Blog


D2L Brightspace Help

Appointments for one-on-one help are available during the following times:

Mon, Aug 5th 9am-1pm

Tues, Aug 6th 9am-1pm

Tues, Aug 13th 9am-1pm

Thurs, Aug 15th 9am-3pm

Tues, Aug 20th 9am-1pm

Note: The fall semester schedule for one-on-one D2L Help will be published here at a later date.  


Hands-on workshops (RSVP to attend):  

Wed, Aug. 14th - D2L Crash Course - 1 day workshop

This is for faculty who are new to D2L, but familiar with other online teaching platforms. You will come away with an overview of the basic tools for content, communication, and assessment, and a strategy for how you plan to use D2L in your course. (lunch provided)  

Time: 8:30am-2:30pm
Location: A2556 

  • Learn the most commonly used tools in D2L for Content, Communication, Assessments
  • Discuss design & delivery strategies for either a face-to-face or online course
  • Start experimenting with the most commonly used tools
  • Identify the main components and structure for your D2L environment

Mon, Aug. 19th- Reach Every Learner - student engagement strategies


This is for faculty who are familiar with D2L, and who want to enhance communication and engagement of students in the online environment.

Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm
Location: A2556

Check your course for consistency of design & alignment of objectives.

Learn & Set up various tools such as:

  • Turnitin for plagiarism checking and robust feedback tools for written work
  • Discussion boards for group or individual discussion
  • Release Conditions
  • Intelligent Agents (email notifications)
  • Zoom (web conferencing)Video content
  • "Pulse" app for students

*Note: topics will be tailored to the needs of the participants, and will include a discussion of best practices and course-specific needs.

To make an appointment or to RSVP for a workshop, E-Mail or call Kathleen Coate at 952-358-8617

Here are links to online support from Minnesota State and Brightspace:

Faculty MN State D2L Brightspace Helpdesk

D2L Brightspace Resource Center

D2L Brightspace Community

For additional D2L help, contact the help desk at 952-358-8181 or use the AskUs - Employee edition ticket system - select "Click to login" in the upper-right corner of the screen. 


Professional Development Center (PDC)

The Professional Development Center (PDC) provides Normandale employees with services to help learn new technology skills, discover new ideas for creating engaging content, and use tools to be more efficient in your job. Small group and individual training takes place in this space located in the basement of the Library building (L1735). 

Equipment available for use in the PDC

  • "iMac"
  • Windows 10 computers (1 with Camtasia Studio)
  • Large screen monito for small-group webinars

Professional Development Center (Rm. L1735)


Technical Assistance

You can schedule an appointment to get answers about D2L Brightspace, online interactive media, instructional design and more. Contact the Online Education Staff to find out more.