August 2020 Newsletter

Navigating Back to School

Teaching from HomeBack to school has a whole new meaning this year. The complexities can feel overwhelming as we strive to provide HSU students – and our own kids – a positive educational and social experience. We got this!

HSU is offering a variety of resources to support your success. HR will be announcing our fall schedule of training sessions at the end of August, and will feature series on leadership, supervision, and connection to community. We are also preparing to launch a new Facebook group to connect HSU parents to resources, ideas, and each other (keep an eye on University Notices about this!). On the Training website you can also find classes on diversity, equity and inclusion; technology; and other campus offerings.

The Center for Teaching and Learning is facilitating Professional Development Days August 17-18, with a focus on preparing faculty for instructional continuity. Also check out HSU’s Campus Ready website, where you can find up to date information on campus re-opening and other important issues. 

“Under any circumstance, always do your best, no more and no less. But keep in mind that your best is never going to be the same from one moment to the next...” (From The Four Agreementsby Don Miguel Ruiz – read more here.)

Featured Tech Course

Tech Skills

Managing Communications in a Virtual Team

The manager of a virtual team must master excellent communication and understand the importance of virtual presence technologies. Learn how the manager of a virtual team can improve team communication and collaboration.

Course time: 6 minutes


Parents Working from Home

Mother-Child Work
In the coming two weeks, Nancy Olson and Jessica Welch will be launching a new Facebook group for HSU employees who are parents. It will be an opportunity to share resources, collaborate and draw strength (and humor!) from each other.

For now, here are some tips for working from home with kids in the mix.

Read the Article in The Muse

5 Ice-breaker Games To Play On Zoom

Talks with Educators and School Leaders Using Adobe

YouTube Hand
Check out this playlist, where Adobe host a series of talks with expert educators and school leaders across primary, secondary, and higher education, who are using Adobe to support digital creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking across the curriculum, including broader digital literacy to support 21st century learners.

View the YouTube Playlist Here


Featured Soft Skills Course

Soft Skills

Achieve Productivity in Your Personal Life

A busy personal life has a direct correlation to your productivity level at your job. By getting control of your productivity at home, you can improve your productivity work too, making you better able to stick to schedules and meet deadlines by reducing the stress and distractions that come from trying to juggle home and work at the same time. In this course, you'll learn how to prepare for trips, plan personal and household tasks, and become more organized as a parent. You'll also explore tips for achieving an effective work/life balance and taking care of your personal health and well-being.

Course time: 19 minutes

Fall 2020 Professional Development Day

Professional Day

The focus of this year's Professional Development Day is on instructional continuity. The Center for Teaching & Learning will host a two-day series of faculty development workshops and self-paced resources to assist with instructional continuity for both virtual and face-to-face instructional settings. These events will take place on August 17-18, 2020. A detailed schedule will be posted on this website by August 10.

Learn More

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines Training

Follow the Guidelines

As we go back on campus, it is important to learn the guidelines to follow when we interact with other people.  Everyone on campus must take the COVID-19 Safety Guidelines course.

Learn More

How to use Zoom Like a Pro

Zoom Meeting

Whether you've been using Zoom for years or have only just signed up, there are a number of helpful and fun tips, tricks and hidden features you can find to upgrade your video chatting experience and make your video meetings a little less weird.

This article from CNET shows 13 ways to become a Zoom master.

Read the CNET Full Article

The Secrets To Sustaining A Strong Remote Team

Sustaining A Strong Remote Team
The last few months have seen knowledge workers around the world participating in an involuntary work from home experiment. Thrust into remote work during a global pandemic, people scrambled to figure out what this “new normal” might look like. Now that we’re a few months in, it’s clear there is nothing really “normal" about it.

As we look towards a new world where more teams embrace remote work and fancy office spaces may become a relic of a bygone time, I’m optimistic that more and more teams will experience the overwhelming positives of remote work.

By Stella Garber on Trello Blog

Read the Full Article on Trello


Book Corner


You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

by Adam Charles Black

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you've never made before. By the end of You Are a Badass®, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

Please note that the book is not physically available at the HSU Library, but may be avaialbe in public libraries or for request from other CSU Libraries.

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Tech Tips

CSU's Professional Development Bundle: Student Employees Technical Skills

A selection of courses to improve technical skills including a webcast on Business Writing, Taking Effective and Professional Notes, Gmail for Web Using the Calendar Tools, and courses in Excel and Word.

Access the Bundle Here

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