Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Power of Patience


Art Historian Jennifer Roberts responds to the question “In this time of disruption and innovation for universities, what are the essentials of good teaching and learning?” posed at the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) conference last May. Her response is a surprising lesson for all of us who worry about how to meet student expectations in this age of high-speed data retrieval and information overload and hinges on a simple idea: patience.

Read Harvard Magazine article here.

Grading and Feedback


November 6, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. in Union Building room 231/232. Grading can be one of the most vexing parts of our roles as teachers. And our students often consider our processes for assigning grades to be mysterious. How can we best provide feedback that matters for our students? How can we make our feedback meaningful, impactful, and instructive all the while managing the time it takes to provide such feedback? 

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Experiencing eReaders: Kindle Fire and Nook

November 8, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. in Julian 135. Explore recent versions of eReaders for their ability to assist with close reading and reader collaboration. In addition we will discuss what else eReaders can provide readers to enhance the reading experience. FITS will provide a Kindle Fire and Nook for participants to explore, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own eReaders.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Why Do Our Students Choose College in the First Place??

Recent data from the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac explores the reasons for going to college.

Why Are Students Going to College and What Are They Studying?

Topics: Open Access Publishing

Open Access publishing remains a central topic among academics - one that we will be discussing on Nov. 1. Read about some pros and cons.


Open Access: Six Myths to Put to Rest


Open But Not Free - Publishing in the 21st Century

Open Access Publishing

Friday, November 1, 2013, at 11:30 am in Julian 135.

The Library Advisory Committee is currently drafting an Open Access policy for publishing. This policy will be presented to the faculty for consideration within the academic year. As DePauw contemplates adopting such as policy, Faculty Development and the Center for Teaching and Learning are sponsoring a roundtable discussion on the issue. Bruce Sanders (Roy O. West Library) and Jonathan Nichols-Pethick (Faculty Development Coordinator) will lead a discussion charting the pros and cons of Open Access publishing and the journals that support this endeavor.   Lunch will be provided.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Technology and Academe: Scholarship on the Go--iPad and Nexus

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 11:30 am in Julian 135.  Speakers: Veronica Pejril and Jin Kim.

This year’s ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Technology revealed that 44% of DePauw students own 3 or more Internet-capable devices. Moreover, almost a third of DePauw students use a tablet (iPad, Nexus, Surface, etc.) for academic work. Learn about what tablets and mobile technologies in general have to offer students' collaborative work, field research, and data collection. FITS will provide an iPad and Nexus for participants to explore, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own mobile technologies to discuss.

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Article from Inside Higher Ed: "Teaching With Tablets."




Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Manifesto for Active Learning

One professor rebuilds his teaching philosophy from the ground up: “I realized that everything I had taken for granted about my own teaching wasn’t always the best approach. I very quickly realized that each one of my assumptions had to be reevaluated, beginning with the idea that I was a good teacher.”

Read "A Manifesto for Active Learning."

Teaching With Tablets

While the prospect of using emerging technologies (such as tablets) can seem both daunting and potentially liberating (for students and faculty alike), the actual experience of using these tools can provide some surprising results. In the following articles, one professor recounts the mixed results of his experiment teaching with iPads while another makes the case for embracing the capabilities of these tools even in the face of their shortcomings.

Read "What I've Learned From Teaching With iPads."

Read "Encouraging Distraction Classroom Experiments With Mobile Media."


Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Defense for Sedition: The Role of Ethos in the Cases of Eugene V. Debs and Scott Nearing, 1919

Speaker, Jennifer Adams.  Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 11:30 am in the Union Building, room 231/232.

Between 1918 and 1920, known colloquially as the Red Scare, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer and his special assistant J. Edgar Hoover used the Espionage Act of 1917 to arrest large numbers of leftist radicals and organizations. Overall, more than 1500 citizens were arrested and tried for sedition during these years, and the vast majority of these individuals were found guilty and prosecuted for their words. Included among those individuals was four-time presidential nominee for the Socialist Party, Eugene V. Debs as well as a well known former economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Scott Nearing. In this presentation, I explore the different ways these two defendants constructed ethos in self-authored statements read to the jury in their defense against federal charges of sedition. 

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Email and the College Generation


Most of us use our email accounts to communicate with our students outside of class. But they may not be getting the message. Why? Because it turns out they barely use their email accounts. Recent studies suggest that college students may be using their email as little as six minutes per day while spending at least 30 minutes per day on social media sites and texting. Why are our students so reluctant to use email? The answers may surprise you. The following student’s response to the question seems like something concocted by the staff at The Onion:

“I never know what to say in the subject line and how to address the person,” Ms. Carver said. “Is it mister or professor and comma and return, and do I have to capitalize and use full sentences? By the time I do all that I could have an answer by text if I could text them.”

But we shouldn’t let ourselves off the hook so easily. As Eric Stoller, a consultant who works with universities on social media use points out, “Faculty and staff love to blame students for not checking e-mail instead of owning up to the fact that no one ever got that good at using e-mail in the first place.” Stoller suggests that there may be a mismatch between our way of communicating via email and students’ expectations for engaging with electronic communication. 


Read New York Time's article.

The Case Against Algebra II

Should we be requiring high school students to take advanced mathematics courses? A recent article in Harpers makes the case against it, citing Professor Emeritus Underwood Dudley.

Read article.