Thursday, March 28, 2013

The End is Not Nigh for Colleges

This commentary by Robert Sternberg argues that colleges are universities are not going out of business anytime soon due to MOOCs or for-profit educational companies.  He explains that “Those arguments are off track because they make two false assumptions: that participants in higher education have homogeneous goals, and that students are consumers and not producers, or constructors, of their own personalized product of higher education.”

Talk About Teaching: Inter-Institutional Collaboration

WHAT:     Talk About Teaching: Inter-Institutional Collaboration

WHO:       Veronica Pejril

WHERE:   CTL Lounge

WHEN:     Friday, April 5 @ 11:30

At this Talking About Teaching session, Veronica Pejril will talk about her experiences working with her partners in the NITLE Innovation Studio's "Collegiate Collaborations" project (, an on-and-offline community of university faculty, staff, and administrators who support inter-institutional collaborative projects in teaching/learning. Following her talk, she will take questions and lead a discussion to brainstorm ways that our faculty members can put these practices to work at DePauw.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Faculty Life Roundtable on Scholarship

WHAT:    Faculty Life Roundtable on Scholarship

WHO:      Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Life 

WHERE:  Inn at DePauw, Social Center B 

WHEN:    March 21, 2013 4:00 p.m.  

What is scholarship? What are the Boyer models that are used in our
tenure and promotion criteria?  What do they mean in your discipline?
What do they mean in other disciplines?

Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication

“The formal system of scholarly communication is showing numerous signs of stress and crisis. Throughout the second half of the 20th century commercial firms have assumed increasing control over the scholarly journals market, particularly in scientific, technical, and medical fields. The journal publishing industry has also become increasingly consolidated and is now dominated by a small number of international conglomerates. Prices for scholarly journals have risen at rates well above general inflation in the economy and also above the rate of increase of library budgets. Libraries have coped with price increases through a variety of strategies, including subscription cuts and reductions in monographic purchases. In addition, escalating prices have occurred at the same time that the quantity of scholarly information, including the number of scholarly journals, has increased substantially. The net effect of these changes has been a significant reduction in access to scholarship.”

Scholarly Communication: Crisis and Revolution

“Scholarly communication is in a time of great upheaval, in part due to profit-seeking behaviors of publishers, and in part due the enormous opportunities inherent in the electronic storage and quick internet retrieval of information." 

"Scholars create the intellectual content which they often give to publishers for free. Publishers, in turn, sell this same content back to the academic community, often at exorbitant prices. At the same time that prices rise, Library budgets at best are remaining flat. This model for scholarly communication is not sustainable."

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Faculty Forum - Rick Provine

WHAT:   "Scholarly Publishing and Libraries:  Why we do what we do"
WHO:      Rick Provine, Director of Libraries
WHERE:  UB 231/232
WHEN:    March 19, 2013 11:30 am
Quite simply, the modes of scholarly communication are changing, and hence, so are libraries.  There has been a great deal of concern over the years about what these changes mean for us and how we engage with the libraries -- how it changes what it is that the libraries do and how they do it.  This promises to be an important discussion, so please join us for a talk about how the changes in scholarly publishing affect library services, collections, and the tools of access.

Please also see the following links for additional articles for Tuesday's discussion:

Scholary Communication: Crisis and Revolution

Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Teaching and Digital Humanities

Not sure how digital humanities fits into your teaching? Not sure what exactly is digital humanities? Faculty members have begun exploring how to engage students in analyzing primary materials through online collections and other materials through digital humanities. The digital humanities enable researchers to share their findings with a wider audience and, at times, enlisting the help of that audience in the research process.

Teaching Roundtable: Digital Humanities

What:  Teaching Roundtable: Digital Humanities

Who:   Harry Brown, Pauline Ota, Brooke Cox, and Donnie Sendelbach

Where: UB231/232

When: Thursday, March 14, 11:30-12:30

Please join the CTL for a teaching roundtable on engaging students in humanities research, especially the digital humanities. Harry Brown and Pauline Ota will discuss how students contributed to faculty research or conducted their own using technology in different ways. Brooke Cox and Donnie Sendelbach will offer suggestions for support and project planning. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Talk About Teaching - MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

What:  Talk About Teaching - MOOCs

Who:   CTL Staff

Where:  CTL Lounge

When: Friday, March 8, 11:30-12:30

There is no denying that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have begun to have a tremendous impact on what we do, both in terms of how we imagine the value of student/teacher interaction as well as federal and state economic policies regarding higher education.  This discussion will focus on the role that MOOCs are playing in colleges and universities in general with a particular emphasis on what, if any, role they have (or will have) in smaller liberal arts colleges.  The following articles offer a range of perspectives on the value and meaning of MOOCs and will help shape, but not limit, our discussion.

To MOOC or Not to MOOC?

If MOOCs are the Answer, What is the Question?
The Internet Will Not Ruin College
Conservatives Declare War on College

Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching 

MOOCs Help Liberal Arts Colleges To Do What They Do Best

Teaching Roundtable - First Year Seminar

What:  Teaching Roundtable – First Year Seminar

Who:   First Year Seminar Committee

Where:  UB 231/232

When: Wednesday, March 6, 11:30-12:30

First Year Seminar has undergone some changes in recent year, particularly incorporating a more intentional writing element. During this session, members of the First Year Seminar committee along with faculty members who have piloted FYS courses with the revised writing component will discuss the nuts and bolts of teaching writing in a FYS course: how they worked to scaffold assignments, how they ran peer review, etc.  This discussion is appropriate for all faculty teaching FYS courses, and especially pertinent for those teaching writing in FYS for the first time.