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WINTER TERM, 2016 CONTEMPORARY TEACHING IN THE LIBERAL ARTS: INTENTIONAL PEDAGOGY, INTENTIONAL TEACHING

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Research is pleased to present a selection of roundtable discussions and workshops that explore intentional teaching and learning practices. The series includes presentations and conversations to inspire, challenge, and educate Middlebury faculty, staff, and students on topics such as creating community in the classroom, intentional curricular design, inclusive pedagogies, universal design, and contemplative practice.

The Contemporary teaching series continues during Winter Term on Mondays and Thursdays, and all sessions include lunch. For more information and to sign up for individual sessions, please visit the series website.

Writing for the Public

Tuesday, January 26, 4:30 CTLR Suite

Guest Lecturer: Anne Trubek

 Writing for general audiences—readers of The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education and other serious outlets for journalism, say—is fun, energizing and, sometimes, profitable. It allows scholars to connect their research to current events (are you a scholar of Islam? There is an audience for your expertise!), culture (how might Adele’s decision not to stream relate to similar changes in the distribution of art historically?) science (your study of the changing habitats of bats is of interest to environmentalists) and more. But academia does not always provide incentive for or assistance with writing op-eds or researched articles in the ‘popular press,’ leaving faculty and staff at a loss as to how to get their ideas more widely disseminated and read  by non-specialists.

In the talk we will discuss how the submission process works, how to develop ideas that will interest editors, common obstacles academics encounter when working with non-academic editors, and how to craft clear, engaging prose. Additional information and registration here.

Co-sponsored by Academic Administration, CTLR, and the Writing Program.

Winter Term, 2016 Contemporary Teaching in the Liberal Arts: Intentional Pedagogy, Intentional Teaching

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Research is pleased to present a selection of roundtable discussions and workshops that explore intentional teaching and learning practices. The series includes presentations and conversations to inspire, challenge, and educate Middlebury faculty, staff, and students on topics such as creating community in the classroom, intentional curricular design, inclusive pedagogies, universal design, and contemplative practice.

Opening presentation and discussion: Tuesday, January 12, 11 am, CTLR Suite Inequality in higher education: a wicked problem for liberal arts institutions” by Bryan Alexander

The Contemporary teaching series continues during Winter Term on Mondays and Thursdays, and all sessions include lunch. For more information and to sign up for individual sessions, please visit the series website.

Academic Roundtable – Faculty Online Identities

Please join us on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, in the Davis Family Library 105B at 12:15 PM.

A curriculum vitae is one of many options for sharing your scholarly and teaching work. In the age of digital connections, it is now possible to have a professional website or digital portfolio that allows you to share work with new audiences. How do our colleagues share themselves and their work online? What kinds of digital environments blur the lines between our work, the work students do in our classes and public spheres? Join us for a roundtable discussion highlighting how some faculty have chosen to share their work digitally. Our discussion will be led by Professor Mark Sample, Associate Professor of Digital Studies, and Kristen Eshleman, Director of Digital Learning Research & Design, both from Davidson College.

Mark and Kristen will share their experiences of launching Davidson Domains, a pilot program “what gives faculty, staff, and students a ‘domain of one’s own’—and online space for blogs, exhibits, research, creative work, portfolios, web development, programming, and more” (Sample, 2015). One goal of the Davidson Domains project is to help Davidson community members to “forge a digital identity through online publishing.” Mark and Kristen will share their perspectives on the pilot and how it has impacted the sharing of faculty and student work to broader audiences.

As time allows, we’ll turn to a discussion of how Middlebury faculty share their digital presences and discuss what questions and decisions drove their choices for creating a digital presence.

Learn more about the Davidson Domains project here: https://domains.davidson.edu/

Sample, M. (2015). What are the bottlenecks of Davidson Domains?

Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Doreen Bernier via email at dbernier@middlebury.edu by 5 PM on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.

Academic Roundtable – Microaggressions, Trigger Warnings, Campus Climate, and the Classroom

Please join us on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, in the Center forTeaching, Learning & Research, LIB 225 at 12:15 PM.

How do recent debates and discussions on campus and in the national press around the topics of microaggressions and trigger warnings impact what happens in our classroom? How do we identify microaggressions that may have made their way into our speech patterns? How do we decide whether or not to issue ‘trigger warnings’ in advance of dealing with potentially difficult topics in our classrooms? Join us for discussion of these important topics. Miguel Fernandez of the Spanish & Portuguese Department and Acting Chief Diversity Officer and Allison Stanger of the Political Science Department will offer some preliminary perspectives to help frame our discussion. You are encouraged to read in advance the following articles that help illuminate the contours of the national debate on these subjects.

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

What Is the Point of College? By Kwame Anthony Appiah

Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Doreen Bernier via email at dbernier@middlebury.edu by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Academic Roundtable – What is Open Access and Why You Should Care About It

Please join us on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research, LIB 225, at 12:15 PM

Middlebury College has just formed an Open Access working group to investigate this question. To kick start that process, we’ve invited Bryn Geffert, the College Librarian for Amherst College, who will lead us through Amherst’s work in this area. He’ll discuss the practical, philosophical, and legal rationale for pursuing an open access resolution; the questions, fears, and aspirations that surfaced during the debate preceding a vote; and Amherst’s other efforts to promote open access.

You can learn more about the Open Access working group at http://go.middlebury.edu/openaccess/.

You can learn more about Amherst’s Open Access policy, by going to:

Open Access Resolution  https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/facstaff/openaccessresolution

Open Access FAQ https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/facstaff/openaccessfaq

Open Access Faculty Procedures https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/facstaff/openaccessinstructions

 

Lunch will be served.  To sign up for lunch, email Doreen Bernier, dbernier@middlebury.edu by noon on Monday, April 13, 2015

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

Contemporary Issues in the Liberal Arts – Winter Term Series

Lunch will be served at each event in the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research 12 – 1 pm. Please RSVP using the sign up form at least two days in advance of the event. Thank you.

Monday, January 19, 2015  11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Classroom Discussion Part II: Navigating Controversial Topics

When controversial or difficult topics become central parts of classroom conversations they are likely to engage student’s deeply held preconceptions and convictions and may arouse powerful emotional responses. These exchanges may become heated, but a thoughtful, well‐facilitated discussion can have many benefits as students get the opportunity to learn from their peers and explore new ways of understanding the world. Moreover, the encouragement of mutual respect during the course of disagreement can encourage students to feel more confident as they enter into difficult conversations in the future.


Thursday, January 22, 2015  11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Adventures in Team Teaching Across the Disciplines

What are the benefits and challenges of team teaching across the disciplines?  Andi Lloyd, Chris McGrory Klyza, Tim Spears, and Steve Trombulak will offer perspectives on their own recent experiences with this form of teaching.   Their perspectives will frame a discussion about innovating as teachers and pursuing the full potential of a liberal arts education.


Monday, January 26, 2015  11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pedagogical Challenges in Online Education

Ian Grimmer, a Senior Lecturer in modern European intellectual history and the director of the Integrated Humanities Program at the University of Vermont, will discuss the dramatic shift to online education in UVM’s summer session and some of its many implications for teaching practices in view of the differences in the online environment.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hybrid Learning and the Liberal Arts

Bryan Alexander, writer, futurist and Senior Researcher at the New Media Consortium, will address some of the issues surrounding hybrid learning and its impact on the academy. Before hybrid, we spoke of an opposition between traditional, face-to-face learning and wholly online, or distance education.  We will soon consider learning as existing along a continuum of different levels of technological integration; all will be considered learning.

What powers this transformation?  First, a set of technological innovations, widely adopted: mobile, social, and rich media computing.  Second, the growth of open content and access to scholarly publication.  Third, demographic shifts, as digitally familiar cohorts age into college faculty and administration.

 

See our full schedule here: http://sites.middlebury.edu/ctlrprogramming