JoAnn Brewer

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Rethinking the Digital Experience and the Terms of Digital

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Please join us on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research, LIB 225, at 12:15 PM.

How do we structure our classrooms and pedagogies around the open web, how do we work at smaller scales, how do we develop a more community-based (reciprocal) approach to the digital for our students?   Will Thomas, Chair of the Department of History at the University of Nebraska and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and the John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities, will lead a discussion of these questions.

Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP to by Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research and the Library.

The Role of Grading

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Please join us on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in the CTLR (LIB 225), at 12:15 PM.

To many faculty, grading is a necessary burden that accompanies the more invigorating dimensions of teaching.  Grading’s secure place in the academy, however, often forestalls sustained discussion of its purpose and operation.  This Academic Roundtable, which will be facilitated by Don Wyatt of the History Department and Jane Chaplin of the Classics Department, will explore the following questions:  How does grading best promote student learning?  What are strategies for discussing grades with disgruntled or disappointed students? Can grades be used for both process and product in the same course?  Should we be concerned about grade inflation?  And is there an art to grading?

Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP to by Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research and the Library.

Academic Roundtable — The Future of the Lecture

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Please join us on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in the Davis Family Library, Harman Reading Area at 12:15 PM for the first Academic Roundtable of the fall semester.

The lecture has a long history in the academy.  In recent years, there has been increasing criticism of the lecture as a mode of instruction.  This Academic Roundtable will explore the virtues and limitations of the lecture.   Jay Parini of English and American Literatures and Barbara Hofer of Psychology will offer opening reflections on the topic, and a discussion will follow.

Lunch will be served in the LIB 145.  Please RSVP to by Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research and the Library.

2014 Spring Pedagogy Series

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Online Identity Part 1 - Tuesday, June 3, 10:30 am – noon  in Wilson Media Lab, LIB 220

With every click, post, tweet, checkout, like, search, digg, friend, tag and other activities we have created a record of our time spent interacting with web sites that are viewable from anywhere in the world. What do our web sites and social media activity say about us? This workshop will explore the meaning that others give to our digital identities, and present some strategies for managing our identities in the digital space. NOTE: Attendees must be comfortable with having their name searched for.

Noon – Lunch served in CTLR, LIB 225


Designing Effective Presentations - Wednesday, June 4, 10:30 am in LIB 230

Presentation software (PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi) is perhaps the most common technology used in the classroom by both instructors and students.  Yet faculty often feel constrained by the software, and students voice frustration about PowerPoint becoming the focus of a class. In this session, we will discuss ways of making presentations more effective through the stages of preparation, design,and delivery. 

 11:20 – 12:00 pm – Wilson Media Lab & LIB 230

In the second half of this session, we invite you to submit slides from your presentations that you’d like to improve or are dissatisfied with. Shel Sax, Joe Antonioli, and Heather Stafford will be available for individual consultations to help with conceptual and technical issues.  If you are interested, please forward a representative presentation that you’d like to discuss to Shel Sax (

Noon – Lunch served in CTLR, LIB 225


Beyond PowerPoint - Wednesday, June 4, 1:30 – 3:00 pm in Wilson Media Lab, LIB 220

New software and mobile devices provide the person at the front of the room with more options for presentations. This tech demo will look at applications that take us beyond the PowerPoint deck and mobile devices that can support our ventures into untethered pedagogies.

Noon -Lunch served in CTLR, LIB 225


■Online Identity Part 2 – Electronic Portfolios – Friday, June 6, 10:30 am – noon in Wilson Media Lab, LIB 220

What do you find when you Google . . . yourself? Put what you’ve learned about your online identity into practice as we work on constructing a digital presence through the use of an eportfolio. This is a hands-on workshop where participants will learn how Middlebury’s instance of WordPress can be used to construct a professional web presence.  In preparation for this session participants may want to collect text and media files to include in the web site design process. No level of WordPress expertise is required —  just a creative spirit!

Noon – Lunch served in CTLR, LIB 225

Academic Roundtable – Moving Research Forward

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Christal Brown and other members of the Movement Matters Steering Committee

Join members of the Movement Matters steering committee on Wednesday, April 30, at 12:30 p.m. in the Axinn Center Abernethy Room for a discussion on the process of creating interdisciplinary research models that foster embodied scholarship. This discussion will begin by looking into current research models that blend dance and science and identify other collaborative models that could be supported thorough our current curriculum. The Movement Matters steering committee comprises faculty from Dance, Education Studies, Biology, and Sociology and Anthropology. Movement Matters is a three-year initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation to support the work of an interdisciplinary movement artist working across the disciplines of the college.

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to by noon on Friday, April 25.


Academic Roundtable – College-Wide Learning Goals: Next Steps

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Friday, April 25 @ 12:15 p.m., Davis Library 230

Members of the Ad Hoc Assessment Committee: Susan Baldridge, Chair; Amy Morsman, Amy Yuen, Bill Peterson, Michael Newbury, Damascus Kafumbe, Hang Du

The Ad Hoc Assessment Committee will describe the initial work it has done to create a framework for assessing students’ progress toward the faculty-endorsed College-wide learning goals.  They’ll share the lessons learned during their evaluation of oral presentation skills at the Spring Symposium.

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to by noon Tuesday, April 22.

Academic Roundtable – Technology’s Horizon: The Impact of Technology on Higher Education

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Join us on Tuesday, April 15 at 12:15 pm in the Axinn Center Abernethy Room.

New technologies are continuously introduced to the education environment, having an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry. The Horizon Report, released jointly by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative, looks at trends, challenges and emerging technologies that are likely to have an impact on learning, teaching and creative inquiry in education in the next one to five years. In this session we ask participants to read the report, and arrive ready to discuss the following questions:

Did they get it right?

Will these trends have an impact at Middlebury?

What can we do to prepare?

Download the report

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to by noon Friday, April 11.