Fall 2019

Tuesday December 10th


CTLR Lounge, Davis Family Library

Open Education/Open Educational Resources

The affordability crisis in higher education impacts many students, including our own Middlebury students. Like students around the world, Middlebury students may struggle to afford learning resources not covered by financial aid, such as textbooks and software. The open education movement, and the push for open educational resources, aims to lessen the financial burden of such learning resources while also expanding educational opportunities available to faculty and students via the open web. In the final Academic Roundtable of 2019, a panel of Middlebury faculty and staff and one guest speaker (joining via Zoom) will share their experiences exploring open education and the impact it had on their work and their students. At this lunchtime event, we will invite you to consider the possibilities open education creates in higher education and to discuss how we might foster a community of faculty and students who explore what roles it might play at Middlebury.


* Rajiv Jhangiani, Associate Provost for Open Education, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
* Brigitte Humbert, Associate Professor of French, Middlebury College
* Kellam Ayres, Circulation Services Coordinator & SPARC Leadership Fellow, Middlebury College

Lunch will be available at 12:00 in the CTLR Lounge, and the roundtable conversation will begin shortly thereafter. Please RSVP by Thursday, Dec 5thhttps://middlebury-ctlr.libcal.com/event/6026527 

The Academic Roundtable Series is a collaborative effort between CTLR, DLINQ, and the Davis Family Library.  

Tuesday, November 12

Class Projects: Taking them to the Next Level with PBL

12:15pm – 1:30pm

CTLR (Davis Family Library 225)

As educators, we know that challenges make learning last, and so we bake them into our teaching in big ways and small. Do the challenges, questions, and problems we pose to our students involve all the essential components for deep learning and growth? Are they building critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills as well as deep content knowledge?

PBL or Project-Based Learning is a research-informed pedagogical strategy that has transformed the way undergraduates at other institutions embrace their education. Come hear how a team of Middlebury faculty and staff experienced PBL on a road trip last summer. At this lunchtime event, we also welcome you to explore with us the PBL framework for developing high quality projects for your courses and how it compares to – and might enhance – the many other pedagogical approaches that already exist on our campus.

Lunch will be available at 12:15 in the CTLR Lounge, and the roundtable conversation will begin shortly thereafter.

RSVP for Lunch

October 29

Data Science and the Digital Liberal Arts

12:15-1:30 PM EST

CTLR Lounge (and zoom)

Panelists:  Sarah Laursen (History of Art/Museum), Matt Lawrence (Sociology), Alex Lyford (Math), Jason Mittell, (FMMC), Caitlin Myers (Economics), Amy Morsman (History), Phil Murphy (MIIS)

What is data science? What is the Digital Liberal Arts? How do they connect to each other? How are they different? How do they connect to the education envisioned by our new strategic plan? As Middlebury plots its future curricular course, we’ve identified a set of digitally-oriented initiatives that we believe will play an increasingly significant role in the future of liberal education both here and within higher education more broadly. As a way into this complicated topic, we want to hold an open conversation amongst our faculty who are already deeply engaged in these practices, as well as those who want to learn more about these developing areas. Our panelists will share their thoughts on these questions as a way to begin what we hope will be a campus-wide, year-long conversation. 

RSVP for Lunch