Tuesday, November 26, 2013

No More Digitally Challenged Liberal Arts Majors

"The liberal arts have been at the forefront of supplying the kind of graduates that employers say they like: critical thinkers who can write, ask the right questions, and learn on their own.  But we have also been slow to encourage the kinds of specific skills that most employers demand of even entry-level graduates." As William Pennapacker points out in his recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Rather than mere assertions of ability, employers want concrete examples of how job candidates have demonstrated those skills." So what kinds of things can we do to ensure that our students are not only well-rounded when they leave campus, but truly viable as well?

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Do You Really Want to Be the Rules Sergeant?

Does having clear guidelines and rules for conduct in class necessarily mean that you need to be inflexible with your students?  What value do we get form treating students as adversaries?  David Evans writes in a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education of the value he finds in treating students with respect and consideration in the classroom.  Evans’s experience has shown him that “the most effective faculty members were those who treated their students with professional affection and respect, and engaged them seriously, without condescension, and, where appropriate, with enthusiasm.”

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Grants Workshop

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Julian 135.

The Grants Workshop will focus on three issues: 1) using GrantsForward and the Foundations databases for identifying funding agencies; 2) familiarizing faculty members with the institutional procedure for applying for grants; and 3) providing faculty members with helpful hints about grantsmanship. Lunch will be provided.


Pedagogical Strategies for Winter Term

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Harrison Hall Room 101. An opportunity to exchange ideas, tactics, activities, inspirations - whatever has worked for you thus far for the very different time (and space!) structure of Winter Term teaching.  Lunch will be provided.

RSVP to Misti Scott ( mscott@depauw.edu )

Sustainable Librarianship: Building Libraries for a Warming World

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Union Building Room 231/232. Lunch will be provided.

Mandy Henk will discuss her forthcoming book which offers a path toward a new kind of library and a new kind of information system, one based in care for the planet, people, and firmly grounded in the reality that burning carbon is a losing proposition.

With the advent of the full text database, the integrated library system, and now e-books, libraries (and librarians!) have transformed themselves from gatherers and keepers of society's stories and knowledge into conduits for access.  This book is about the dark side of that transformation, which has allowed a few massive corporations to claim ownership of what was previously understood to be common property, the library collection itself.  This transformation has also yoked libraries to a moribund system that is profoundly damaging to the planet, to societies across the globe, and to librarians and library patrons themselves. In response to these issues, the book makes the case for another massive transformation of the contemporary library. This book sketches a path toward a more sustainable library and a more sustainable information system by examining the normative basis for librarianship and looking closely at the challenges of the 21st century, including climate change, rising inequality, and oncoming limits to growth. This path will allow us to maintain the benefits of the information revolution while still tending to our larger moral duty toward future generations.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Papers Demo

Papers representative Bob Schatz and senior developer Christine Buske will be at DePauw on Tuesday, November 19, at 9:00 a.m. in the Roy O. West Library Conference Room to demonstrate Papers. Papers is reference management software used to manage citations, and it will also help organize PDFs. It was previously available by individual subscription, but it currently is offered as a group subscription. Previously it was only available for Macs, but it is now available for Windows.

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Teaching Students to Write Terribly

What's wrong with the SAT essay section?  According to an article at Slate.com, just about everything. 

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Publishing with Students

Friday, November 22, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. in Julian Room 135

Last year, Jenny Shanahan (Bridgewater State) visited to talk about undergraduate research in the humanities and social sciences.  Meanwhile, several of our faculty members are deeply involved with CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research) and a number of our faculty involve students in their own research projects during the regular school year and over the summer months.  Given the increasing focus on undergraduate research and the vast potential for working closely with students on our own research, we are offering a roundtable on the prospects of publishing with students across a variety of disciplines in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.  We will hear from several faculty members who have worked with students in the past or are working with students currently on manuscripts.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cheating Lessons...

Academic integrity issues continue to plague universities, perhaps even more than ever in this age when the information at our students' fingertips is nearly limitless.  What are some things we can do about it?  Three articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education point to some intriguing possibilities.

Cheating Lessons, Part 1

Cheating Lessons, Part 2

Cheating Lessons, Part 3

Academic Integrity

Wednesday, November 13, 2013,  at 11:30 a.m. in Union Building room 231/232.

As a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education argued, "the amount of cheating that takes place on our campuses may well depend on the structures of the learning environment. The curriculum requirements, the course design, the daily classroom practices, the nature and administration of assignments and exams, and the students' relationship with the instructor—all of those can be modified in order to reduce (or induce, if we so wanted) cheating" (Lang, "Cheating Lessons, Part 1").  Our discussion during this teaching roundtable will focus on these issues as opposed to the more common approach to cheating which focuses on the student rather than the environment."