Friday, August 30, 2013

Topics: Best Practices for Laptops in the Classroom

Faculty are concerned about students being distracted by electronics. This article offers five tips for dealing with gadgets in the classroom.

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Best Practices for Laptops in the Classroom

Topic: An Open Letter to Incoming Freshmen

In this letter a faculty member implores first-year students to think carefully about how they use cell phones in the classroom.

An Open Letter to Incoming Freshmen

Teaching Roundtable: Classroom Management

Wednesday, September 4, 2013, beginning at 11:30 am in the Union Building 231/232.

We’ve all read the lists that circulate about what makes our students different from us: the ones that tell us that they’ve never lived in a world without MTV or CDs, that they can’t remember not being able to “Google” (if they had a computer and an internet connection, that is), that they got trophies for just participating in youth sports leagues, and that they have never not known standardized testing in school as the primary barometer of academic success (as Tom Dickenson pointed out me last year, this is the first class of (domestic) students that has experienced nothing but the policies of ”No Child Left Behind”). Whether these differences are truly significant or not, they do point to the fact that our students inhabit very different cultures from their professors. And these cultural differences raise questions about how we interact with our students and manage our classrooms on a daily basis. How do we accommodate/incorporate technologies in ways that are relevant to our students and in line with their expectations and experiences without inviting disruptive distractions into our classrooms? How do we manage their potentially very different ways of communicating with us in an age of texting, Facebook, and Twitter? How do we choose and present information that they find relevant to their lives? How do we help them grapple with questions that cannot be answered on a standardized test? How do we help them manage the inevitability of failure that is at the heart of all creative and intellectual endeavors? This roundtable will focus on these kinds of questions and is open to all faculty members, from the most experienced among us to the newest to the profession. The goal here is not to come up with a list of “good practices.” Rather, we should share our ideas in ways that inspire each of us to think through these questions differently and more intentionally.

Additional readings:

Teaching Millennial Students

10 Effective Classroom Management Techniques Every Faculty Member Should Know

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sabbatical and Pre-tenure Leaves for 2014-15 and 2015-16 Informational Meeting

On Wednesday, September 11, the Faculty Development Committee will host our annual informational luncheon for faculty members eligible to take sabbaticals and pre-tenure leaves for AY 2014-15 or AY 2015-16. This meeting will take place in the Union Building 231/232 from 11:30-1:00 pm (feel free to come late or leave early if you need to do so).

Basic information, helpful hints about preparing your leave application, and financial support available through Fisher funds will be discussed. 

Please RSVP to me ( by Tuesday morning (so that we can have an accurate count for catering)
. Also let us know of any special dietary needs. 

General information regarding leaves can be found online on the Faculty Development website.

Fifth House Ensemble

On Friday, September 13, at 4:00 pm, Inn at DePauw (Social Center B), Fifth House Ensemble will make a presentation/discussion on their interactive, integrated-arts programs and how they fit transactional/transformative model, and discuss their project they are developing throughout the academic year, culminating in a May 11 performance at DePauw.
On Saturday, September 14, they will present two workshops in the GCPA 1115:

Curriculum-Integration on Stage and in the Classroom (1:30-2:30 PM)
Fifth House Ensemble’s Director of Educational Programming demonstrates live examples of the ensemble’s curriculum-integrated programming. Feel like a kid again as you participate in small and large-group activities, presented in the same way as they have been in classrooms and assemblies throughout the Chicago area and nationwide. We share our philosophy as teaching artists, techniques for engaging students with limited musical backgrounds in composition activities, and practical examples of how to design lessons that create connections between musical concepts and core curricular subjects.

Music Can Tell a Story (2:45-3:45 PM)

Fifth House Ensemble members teach participating musicians to perform their signature OneShot! concert titled Music Can Tell a Story. In this interactive performance, the chamber ensemble uses small and large-group activities to explore the ways that composers create character, setting, and plot through music. Fifth House Ensemble performs this show side-by-side with participating musicians in local public schools.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Not Everyone Thinks Beloit's Annual Mindset List is Awesome

Two anonymous professors create a website "dedicated to the mockery and eventual destruction of the Beloit mindset list."

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Inside Higher Education, August 20, 2013

Wish You Could Engage Your Students More During Class?

Explore the flipped classroom! As defined by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, the flipped classroom involves a "pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements are reversed." Drawing on student engagement, active learning, and hybrid or blended course design, it transforms class time into a "workshop" in which students apply knowledge, actively engage with material, and receive immediate feedback from the instructor, including answers to questions clarifying course content.

Seven things you should read about flipped classrooms. (Please login to your DePauw Google Apps account to view.)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Open Access Gains Major Support in U. of California's Systemwide Move

"The University of California's Academic Senate has adopted an open-access policy that will make research articles freely available to the public through eScholarship, California's open digital repository... It will affect as many as 40,000 research papers a year..."

Chronicle of Higher Education 8/2/13

Thank You, Governor Daniels

Former DePauw professor, Carl Weinberg, weighs in on the Mitch Daniels/Howard Zinn story in this story of academic freedom issues which made national news.

Inside Higher Education - 7/22/13