Fall 2012: A New Environment for Learning and Teaching

2 October 2012

LTC: Screencasting and Podcasting 9-20-12

Technology provides interesting ways to expand teaching and learning beyond standard class meeting times. Faculty members who have incorporated screencasting and video podcasting into their courses will speak about the benefits and challenges of teaching on the technological frontier. Melissa Eblen-Zayas, associate professor of physics; Aaron Swoboda, assistant professor of economics and environmental studies; and Chico Zimmerman, professor of classics

LTC: The Place of Religion in University and in American Public Life 9-24-12

How secular is liberal education? How secular should it be? Mark Cladis writes about the helpful and harmful ways that secularism functions in the liberal arts (see his essay: blogs.ssrc.org/tif/ author/cladis). With Dr. Cladis we will explore best practices in helping students of all perspectives feel welcome in the classroom. Mark Cladis, professor of religious studies, Brown University

LTC: Head/Heart: Reflections on 50+ Years of Learning and Teaching 10-4-12

How do students learn best? How does our teaching change? The founding director of the LTC offers a portrait of the teaching/learning culture and faculty issues at Carleton in 1992–93 and reflects on the continuity and changing cultures of learning and teaching in the wider academy since the 1960s. Peter Frederick, professor of history emeritus, Wabash College; and the first director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching (1992–93)

LTC: Public Scholarship: Challenges and Possibilities at Carleton 10-9-12

What constitutes “public” or “engaged” scholarship? What are its possibilities and challenges for scholar-teachers in a liberal arts environment like ours? This focused panel discussion draws on the wisdom of respected faculty members who have not only done engaged scholarship and lived to tell the tale but also have thrived as dedicated teachers and traditional scholars in their own right. Michael McNally, professor of religion and faculty associate for public scholarship, Center for Community and Civic Engagement; Susan Singer, Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences; and Nancy Wilkie, William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts

LTC: Dialogos: College Classrooms, Fiji Water, and the Individual 10-16-12

This Dialogos session, stemming from the 2011-12 Humanities seminar on “Dimensions of Mind,” invites us to view the individual–as learner, consumer, and political actor—through the lens of complex-systems theory. Trish Ferrett will turn this lens on the college classroom learning environment, while Tun Myint will examine a student study on the Fiji Water Company that applies this theory to assumptions about the individual as citizen and consumer. Convener: Roger Jackson, John W. Nason Professor of Asian Studies and Religion and Director of Asian Studies; Trish Ferret, Professor of Chemistry; Tun Myint, Assistant Professor of Political Science

LTC: Online Learning Models and the Liberal Arts 10-18-12

Headline-grabbing announcements of certificate programs (EdX), curated collections of educational videos (TED-Ed), and massively open online courses (Coursera) abound. Online learning models also figured prominently in the strategic planning group discussions. Come join us for this conversation about the challenges—and opportunities– of online learning tools and models for the liberal arts. Presenters: Andrea Nixon, Director, Curricular and Research Support; Susan Singer, Professor of Biology and Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences

LTC: Psychology, Technology, and Design: Our Service-Learning Dyad Adventure 10-23-12

What happens when you put a computer scientist and a psychologist together in a room with 15 intrepid first­-years and various ITS staffers? We’ll share our experiences with our inaugural offering of the Psychology, Technology, and Design dyad, including what we learned along the way about our disciplines, our first-­year students, project­-based learning, and co­-teaching. Presenters: Amy Csizmar-Dalal, Associate Professor of Computer Science; Mija Van Der Wege, Associate Professor of Psychology; 1-2 students from the dyad

LTC: COMPS across the Curriculum 11-8-12

Departments across the college have widely varying approaches to the comps experiences for seniors. We will present a comprehensive overview of the approaches taken to comps across the college and discuss a few models in detail. Presenters: Jay Beck, Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies; Jeff Ondich, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science; Susannah Ottaway, Professor and Chair of History, and David and Marian Adams Bryn-Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Humanities; Mija Van Der Wege, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Director of QuIRK

LTC: From A to Viz 11-1-12

s the Visualizing the Liberal Arts (Viz) initiative wraps up, we reflect on past experiences and discuss the future of visual work at Carleton. Reports on visual work “in the field” will focus on the challenges and successes of several projects, including the technical support they received. Brainstorming and discussion to follow! Presenters: Baird Jarman, Associate Professor of Art History; Christine Lac, Senior Lecturer in French; Chris Polt, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Languages

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