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Faculty Development News This Week:

Faculty Roundtable

The first CTL Faculty Roundtable, hosted by Shannon Marting and Colette Wanless-Sobel, is scheduled for Thursday, October 2, 12:30-1:30,Student Center, conference room B, and features Doug Knapp, philosophy, who will present a brief lecture and then conduct discussion. Doug's talk is on Al-Qaeda and is titled "A Critical Look at the 'No Purpose' and 'Omitted Purpose' Theories for Explaining Al-Quaeda's Motives." Come see faculty scholarship at its best!

Background reading

The Al Qaeda Training Manual, Abridged, The United States Department of Justice

A light buffet luncheon will be served, so please R.S.V.P. ahead of time,so we can make sure there is enough food. R.S.V.P.-ing is as simple as clicking Comment at the top of the screen.

CTL Conferences: Upcoming

--Conference on Information Technology, October 19-22, Midwest Airlines Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. If you are interested in exploring model programs and services, learning new skills, and making connections with educators interested in the use of information technology, this conference is for you.

If you would like a brochure, let me know, and I shall post one to you by way of campus mail.

You may also register online at League for Innovation.

NOTE: If you travel to Milwaukee for this conference, you can allow yourself the pleasure of visiting the Milwaukee Art Museum to see and experience the museum's new expansion and renovation, which combines art, dramatic architecture and landscape design. The new Quadracci Pavilion, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed building in the United States, features a 90-foot high glass-walled reception hall enclosed by the Burke Brise Soleil, a sunscreen that can be raised or lowered, creating a unique moving sculpture. It is a breathtaking structure.

Give yourself an online tour at Milwaukee Art Museum.

CTL Seminars

--"Creating Significant Learning Experiences" by L. Dee Fink . This seminar is scheduled forOctober 4 at Central Lakes College in Brainard. Car pool, anyone?

For further information, click on CTL Web site .

--"Presentation Help for your Class" by Diana Rehling and Paula Tompkins, St. Cloud State University. This seminar is being held here at Inver Hills on October 25. Mark your calendars! For further information, click on CTL Web site.

Blog Grab Bag

--"Beloit College Releases the Mindset List for the Class of 2007"

A popular posting over the years has been the annual "Beloit College Mindset List,"
which looks at today's freshmen and lists what they have or have not experienced
in their lifetimes.

Beloit College Mindset List



Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses by L. Dee Fink (John Wiley & Sons, 2003). Shannon Marting
introduced me to this book,and I was so impressed with it, that I purchased a copy for myself. Two copies of the books are available in the CTL "lending library," and Shannon has more on order. For further information, click on Creating Significant Learning Experiences.


Did you know?

"The United States has carried on foreign intelligence activities since the days of George Washington but only since World War II have they been coordinated on a government-wide basis. Three programs have highlighted the development of coordinated basic intelligence since that time: (1) the Joint Army Navy Intelligence Studies (JANIS), (2) the National Intelligence Survey (NIS), and (3) The World Factbook."

The CIA 2003 World Factbook is now available at 2003 World Factbook

--Grant Writing Tutorial

Interested in writing a grant, but you do not know where to begin? Well, this Institute of Museum and Library Services grant writing tutorial is for you! Although the tutorial is designed for persons interested in applying for a "National Leadership Grant," the online tutorial is free and available to anyone thinking about the grant writing process.

Grant Writing Tutorial

--Diversity Toolbox

Do you want to broaden perspectives and voices in your classes? The Diversity Toolbox, a Web site offered by the Society of Professional Journalists, offers links and resources to underrepresented demographic groups.

Diversity Toolbox


An interesting article on knowledge construction and faculty development:

Professional Development Through Learning Communities

CTL Contact Information

CTL Web site

CTL E-mail

Fax: 651.649.5749

Until next week!

--Blog editor


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