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CTL Events, Fall 2008

What's New With LASC? Monthly Series
Wednesday, Sept 17, 2008, 3 - 4:30pm.
First in a monthly meeting series; come join your fellow faculty members to learn about what is new with LASC. Flyer here.

Writing Across the Curriculum Workshop
Wednesday, Sept 17, 2008, 3 - 4:30, Foster Room.
Presented by Carey Smitherman, Patricia Marshall, and Emily Soltano. An interactive discussion about the use of writing as a learning tool, the approaches to incorporate a writing intensive requirement in your course, and examples of how current courses can be adjusted to meet the LASC WAC criteria. Flyer here.

Zen and the Art of Curricula Evolution: The "Eightfold Way" - 2-part Series
Monday, October 6, 2008, 2:30 - 5:30 pm, Faculty Lounge.
A second interactive faculty workshop offered by Dr. Andrew G. De Rocco on teaching for the liberal arts. Faculty were invited to bring syllabi with course objectives; Dr. De Rocco spoke directly to both the challenges and rewards for the College as we implement the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC). Participants were challenged to explore opportunities for curricular coherence as they reexamined the meaning of liberal learning. Flyer here.

Dr. De Rocco has a long academic history ranging from Professor of Physics at the Universities of Michigan and Maryland to Dean of Faculty at Trinity College to President of Denison University. He is a former Commissioner of Higher Education for the State of Connecticut, served as Chair of the New England Board of Higher Education and as senior moderator for the Educational Leadership Program, a national seminar that brought together, over 2 decades, college and university faculty and administrators to examine foundations of the liberal arts and sciences and their relationship to the curriculum.

The video of the first workshop is available here:

CTL Events, Spring 2010

Round Table Book Discussion Series - 3-Part Series
Starting in January 2009.
Flyer here. Jointly sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the LASC, a discussion of A New Agenda for Higher Education: Shaping a Life of the Mind for Practice, by William M. Sullivan and Matthew S. Rosin (Jossey-Bass, 2008). Participants recieved a free copy of the book. The series was designed to help WSC community face the challenge of implementing a new curriculum and to foster dialogues between disciplines, explorations of multi-disciplinary approaches to the curriculum, and the importance of and integration of the professional and the liberal arts. The book provided a foundation and framework to facilitate and deepen the conversations we as faculty, staff and administrators at WSC were engaged in. Funded through a grant provided by the Davis Educational Foundation.

Teaching Online: Getting Started
Monday, Feb 9, 2009, 12 - 1:30 pm
- Presented by Emily Soltano and Beth Russell. This workshop provided a framework for teaching online courses for novices. Many college professors may be interested in teaching online but because they have not experienced an online course first-hand, they may not know where to begin their design efforts. Participants in this workshop were introduced to two types of online courses (one underdeveloped or understructured, and the other more clearly crafted) and discussed the differences between the two. Following this was a discussion of what practices and approaches work in online teaching. This workshop presented the similarities and differences between online courses and traditional face to face courses, suggestions for introducing online aspects into a traditional course, general organizational and infra-structural aspects of online teaching. Limited to 24 participants. Flyer here.

Problem Based Learning: Teaching College Students to Think Critically

March 11, 2009, 12 - 1:30 pm.
Presented by Dr. Audrey Wright and Dr. Margaret Bouchard. Problem Based Learning is a curriculum development and delivery system that recognizes the need to develop problem solving skills as well as the necessity of helping students to acquire necessary knowledge and skills. PBL utilizes real world problems, not hypothetical case studies with neat, convergent outcomes. It is in the process of struggling with actual problems that students learn both content and critical thinking. These skills are necessary as they work to address real problems within their classrooms and beyond. The goals of the workshop were to expose the participants to the actual steps involved in problem based learning; and stimulate them to consider utilizing PBL and Case Studies in their college courses. Participants actively engaged in the PBL process working through a relevant faculty dilemma. The presenters shared PBL/Case Studies resources and conferences available to interested faculty. Flyer here.

Summer Institute: Course Design and Assessment
May 19-21, 2009, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sessions included: Course Design Workshop, Math Across the Curriculum, Diversity Across the Curriculum, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), and Designing Rubrics. Full conference schedule here.

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