Spring 2014

The Academic Roundtable for Spring 2014 has the following events scheduled so far. Please check back in the coming weeks for additional events.

March 17

The Pedagogy of the Poster: Using large-format print to encourage student engagement

Pat Zupan, Jonathan Miller-Lane, Caitlyn Myers, and Noah Graham

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.
Coltrane Lounge (Adirondack House)

Poster sessions are common means of sharing research and project information at academic conferences and our own Spring Student Symposium, but how are they used as a teaching tool?  Join us for a lunchtime discussion with faculty from different disciplines– Pat Zupan (Italian), Jonathan Miller-Lane (Education Studies), Caitlyn Myers (Economics), and Noah Graham  (Physics)– about their experiences using poster presentations in a course. What works well? What challenges arise? How does this assignment enhance student learning?

Note different location for this roundtable.

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to dbernier@middlebury.edu by noon Friday, March 14.


Technology’s Horizon: Predicting the impact of technology on higher education

Joe Antonioli, LIS

Abernethy Room, Axinn

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. This year’s report features prognostications on the following topics:

  • Growing Ubiquity of Social Media
  • Integration of Online, Hybrid, and Collaborative Learning
  • Rise of Data-Driven Learning and Assessment
  • Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators
  • Agile Approaches to Change
  • Evolution of Online Learning
  • Low Digital Fluency of Faculty
  • Relative Lack of Rewards for Teaching
  • Competition from New Models of Education
  • Scaling Teaching Innovations
  • Expanding Access
  • Keeping Education Relevant
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Learning Analytics
  • 3D Printing
  • Games and Gamification
  • Quantified Self
  • Virtual Assistants

In this free-wheeling session,  we ask participants to read the report, and arrive ready to discuss the following questions:

  • Did they get it right?
  • What seems far-fetched?
  • Will these trends have an impact at Middlebury?
  • What can we do to prepare?

Download the Horizon Report

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to dbernier@middlebury.edu by noon April 11.


College-Wide Learning Goals: Next Steps

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.

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 12:15
LIB 230

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to dbernier@middlebury.edu by Friday, April 18.


Moving Research Forward

Christal Brown and other members of the Movement Matters Steering Committee

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.
Abernethy Room, Axinn

Join members of the Movement Matters steering committee 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 dbernier@middlebury.edu by noon on Monday, April 28.

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