Author Archives: JoAnn Brewer

Reacting to the Past

Please join us on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 12:15 pm in the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research for a discussion of the Reacting to the Past approach to learning.

Reacting to the Past (RTTP) consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by primary and secondary sources. Class sessions are run by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work according to agreed upon criteria. This pedagogy seeks to draw students into the past, promote engagement with important human issues and dynamics while focusing on intellectual, academic and communication skills. It also allows students to argue in favor of perspectives with which they may not agree in a safe environment. All of the games are set in the past, and thus might be regarded as history, but games may also explore other disciplines. Part of the intellectual appeal of RTTP is that it transcends disciplinary structures. Pioneered in the late 1990s by Mark C. Carnes, Professor of History at Barnard College, the RTTP curriculum has been implemented by faculty at hundreds colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad since dissemination began in 2001.
(For more on RTTP, see https://reacting.barnard.edu/)

In January, Professors Kathy Morse and Darién Davis attended the Reacting to the Past’s Winter Conference on Venturesome Pedagogy for the Twenty-First Century. In this lunchtime discussion, Darién Davis will share insights from this conference and his experience with introducing RTTP approaches in his classes.

Lunch will be provided. Click here to RSVP for lunch by 5 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017.

Academic Roundtable – The DLA at Three Years: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Please join us at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in the Abernethy Room in the Axinn Center (please note change of venue).

As we approach the three-year anniversary of the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative (and the conclusion of our Mellon grant), we want to discuss what we have learned, and where we will be going from here. We will be joined by Bethany Nowviskie, Director of the Digital Library Federation (DLF), and Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of English at the University of Virginia; Bethany will participate in our conversation, both to help us see Middlebury’s DLA through fresh eyes, and guide our thinking about our next steps forward. This roundtable is a perfect opportunity for faculty and staff who have participated in the DLA, as well as those viewing us from afar, to join in a reflexive conversation.

Click here to RSVP for lunch

Academic Roundtable – When The Oratory Light Is On: How Attention to Speaking Can Help Us Teach

Please join us on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm in the CTLR located in the Davis Family Library, Suite 225.

Yes, it’s a college-wide learning goal, an FYS learning goal, and we know it’s a critically important skill, but honestly who can afford the precious class-time it takes to teach oral expression? Colleagues Shawna Shapiro (Writing and Linguistics Programs) and Sarah Stroup (Political Science) will join Oratory Now Director Dana Yeaton (Theater) in a demonstration and discussion of the many ways, large and small, we can use speaking to deepen, broaden, and in some cases even expedite, what we already do.

Background Materials

Student Group Revives Speech Contest after 50-Year Hiatus , Parker Merrill Speech Competition, Spring 2016

Orational Thought, Middlebury Magazine, Summer 2016

Envisioning a Rhetoric That Binds Us, a community-initiated conversation report, February 2017

Oratory Now website

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for lunch by 4 pm on Friday, April 7, 2017.

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

and the Library

Academic Roundtable – Fake News, Alternative Facts, and the Toxic Web: Strategies for Understanding and Coping with a Changing Media Universe

Please join us on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm in the CTLR located in the Davis Family Library, Suite 225.

We live now in a world where the traditional media has been supplanted by a much more complicated set of media outlets and platforms. How do we understand this new reality? What sorts of strategies might we use to keep ourselves informed? What sorts of media literacies must we cultivate in ourselves and in our students ?

Join us for a panel discussion led by Amy Collier (Office of Digital Learning), Sue Halpern (EAM), Terry Simpkins (Library), and Jason Mittell (FMMC)

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for lunch by 4 pm on Friday, March 10, 2017.

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

and the Library

Envisioning Teaching and Learning – CTLR’s Winter Term Contemporary Teaching Series

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Research is pleased to present an array of sessions that will help us envision teaching and learning in the immediate and extended future. The series includes presentations and conversations to inspire, challenge, and educate Middlebury faculty, staff, and students. The sessions will be led by both outside experts and Middlebury’s faculty, staff, and students.   

Opening presentation and discussion:

Tuesday, January 10, 11 a.m. in the CTLR Suite
Evidence-Based Curricular Design: The Story of The Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine (UVM) by William Jeffries, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, The Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine

The Contemporary Teaching series continues during Winter Term, and most of the plenary sessions include lunch. This year, we are offering a number of workshops that develop a practical dimension of the broader topic for that day.  For more information and to sign up for individual sessions, please visit the series website. 

Academic Roundtable: Envisioning Undergraduate Research at Middlebury

ctlr-bannerNovember 8, 2016 @ 12:15 pm in the CTLR suite, Library 225

Undergraduate research is an important academic experience for many students. But imagine if we could provide that experience to all students. Would we want to do that?  Why?  What would it look like?  Join us for a discussion about (re) envisioning undergraduate research. Why is it an important component of a liberal arts education? How do students and faculty benefit?  Can we imagine new models of authentic research experiences and attendant creative and/or scholarly processes that make them more available to more students, using fewer resources? Are there new challenges we face?

LUNCH PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO RSVP

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research and the Library

 

Academic Roundtables

ctlr-bannerMark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Envisioning Learning Spaces

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – 12:15 – 1:30 pm – LIB 105A


Envisioning Undergraduate Research

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – 12:15-1:30 pm – Library CTLR Suite


Envisioning the Library

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – 12:15-1:30 pm – Library 105A


LUNCH PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO RSVP

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research and the Library