2010 Pedagogy Series
~~ Summer 2010 ~~
Pedagogy Technology Fair
Holly Allen, Tom Beyer, Jeff Byers, Bryan Carson, Catherine Combelles, Enrique Garcia, Jeff Howarth, Matt Landis, Tom and Pat Manley, Jason Mittell, James Morrison, Tim Parsons, Hope Tucker, Andy Wentink, Sasha Woolson.
Wednesday, May 26 • 10:00 am - 12:00 noon • Coffee and pastries provided.
McCardell Bicentennial Hall • Great Hall
Across the curriculum, Middlebury faculty are using technology in a number of creative ways to redesign, enhance, and augment their teaching. Join us in the Great Hall at McCardell Bicentennial Hall where faculty will demonstrate their uses of technology and discuss their experiences in an informal setting.
This fair is co-sponsored by the CTLR and Library and Information Services.
Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum
Leticia Arroyo-Abad, Priscilla Bremser, Amy Briggs, Bert Johnson
Tuesday, June 1 • 10:30 am - 12:00 noon • Light lunch provided
Gathering, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from quantitative information has long been a key component of natural and social science courses. Yet a quantitative perspective can inform a wide range of other classes as well. What is the role that quantitative reasoning can play within the larger context of reasoning from evidence? What opportunities for students to use more quantitatively grounded arguments in their writing does Middlebury provide, and how do faculty encourage and support such opportunities? What are the benefits and challenges of incorporating a quantitative perspective into courses and disciplines for which such a perspective isn't typical? Come share your insights, strategies, and questions at this roundtable discussion.
Annual Grant Writing Workshops
Wednesday, June 2 • 9:00 am -12:00 noon & 1:30 - 4:30 pm • Light lunch provided
Two workshops will be conducted by Chuck Putney, a consultant with years of experience in running grantwriting workshops for various audiences. The morning workshop will focus on writing grant proposals for humanities and social science research projects, but general advice will also be provided that applies to all types of research proposals. The afternoon workshop will focus on writing grant proposals for projects that are more institutional in nature - curriculum development, outreach programs, conferences, program support. Please contact Franci Farnsworth (x 5889) with questions.
Course Management: Where We Are and Where We're Going
Alex Chapin, Mike Roy & Shel Sax
Thursday, June 3 • 10:30 am -12:00 noon • Light lunch provided
Middlebury will soon be implementing a new course management system to support the myriad curricular needs of the College. In this session we will talk about the available alternatives, demonstrate some of their features, and discuss data gathered from the recently completed faculty and student surveys. Come see how a powerful and flexible course management system can provide tools to help you organize your course and incorporate a range of technology-based pedagogies. We will look at several possible systems: Moodle, Sakai, and Blackboard.
Focus on First Year
Ian Barrow, James Davis, Greg Vitercik, Will Nash, Kathy Skubikowski, Catharine Wright, Yonna McShane, Enrique Garcia
Thursday, June 10 • 10:30 am -12 noon • Light lunch provided
Orchard Room, Hillcrest 103
How can we best plan our First-Year Seminars to help our students make the transition from excellent high school thinkers and writers to excellent college thinkers and writers? What are the best uses we can make of our library, technology, CTLR, and Commons resources? Come share your ideas and jump-start the planning for your upcoming seminar.
Research on College Writing: Are our Sophomores and Juniors Growing as Writers?
Cynthia Packert, Adela Langrock, Michelle McCauley, Steve Trombulak, Armelle Crouzieres, Amy Morsman, Kathy Skubikowski, Leger Grindon, Catharine Wright
Thursday, June 17 • 10:30 am - 12:00 noon • Light lunch provided
This session will examine how our students grow as writers within their major disciplines during their sophomore and junior years. How do they learn, for example, to see the world as biologists or economists or art historians? How do they learn to formulate the research questions that advance the fields they are beginning to explore? How are they able, as seniors, to engage in independent work in their major disciplines? Come join colleagues who, by examining samples of sophomore and junior writing in courses across the disciplines, are attempting to answer these questions.
21st Century Learners: Research on Mind and Brain
A Panel Discussion~
Jason Arndt, Sherwood Smith (Director, Center for Cultural Pluralism, UVM), Mark Spritzer, Mark Stefani~
Friday, January 15 • 10 am - Noon • Light lunch provided
McCardell Bicentennial Hall 220
In recent years, research on the mind and the brain has expanded our understanding of learning. How can such insight help us be better teachers and advisors? Join our panelists at our 2010 inaugural event as we discuss the learning/mind/brain connection from pedagogical, developmental, neurological, and cognitive perspectives.
This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Academic Enrichment Funds.
Additional events on the learning/mind/brain theme:
January 11 Stress: Portrait of a Killer
PBS documentary film and discussion • 7 pm • Dana Auditorium
Sponsored by the Scott Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
February 22 Working with Multilingual/ESL Students
Lecture and discussion with Shawna Shapiro
4:30 pm • Library 230
Building on the CTLR's 2010 theme of learning and the mind, this workshop offers research-based insights into how to support students with linguistically diverse backgrounds. Visiting Assistant Professor Shawna Shapiro will share initial findings from interviews with international students and other non-native English speakers at Middlebury, highlighting ways that faculty have contributed to their academic success. This will be followed by an overview of specific strategies for lecture, discussion, and assessment that build on students' strengths and support them in meeting academic challenges.
March 15 How do we know what our students know?
Panel and discussion with Tara Affolter, Susan Campbell, Kathy Skubikowski, Education Studies students • 4:30 pm • Hillcrest 103
Teaching with Course Web Sites: Wordpress and Segue
A Discussion and Workshop ~ Alex Chapin, Shel Sax~
Thursday, January 21 • 10 - 11:30 am
repeat event: Thursday, January 28 • 3 - 4:30 pm
This session will help you choose the most appropriate platform for your classes. We will discuss the features of both platforms, including their strengths and weaknesses. Following a brief discussion, there will be two separate workshops, one focusing on using Segue to create a course web site and the second focusing on WordPress.
Co-sponsored with LIS