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Faculty Development News This Week:

CTL Conferences / Seminars

--The National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), with the League for Innovation, is conducting a workshop on accessibility and media technology in the classroom in Boulder, CO, November 12-14, 2003. NCAM will also present new projects such as e-books (Beyond the Text) and updates on existing projects and assistive technology tools that help colleges accommodate and comply with Section 508 Standards.


--Academic Conferences Worldwide

Interested in doing some CTL globe-trotting? Check out this site.

Academic Conferences WorldWide

--Appreciative Inquiry Conference

What is appreciative inquiry? Good question! According to the conference brochure, appreciative inquiry "is both a worldview and a process for facilitating positive change in human systems: organizations, departments, groups, relationships, and classrooms. Educational organizations can use the process for strategic planning, shifting from a teaching to a learning orientation, team building, leadership development, visioning, assessment and evaluation, formation--virtually any agenda for human systems change."

Sounds interesting, yes?

A four-day training session will be offered at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, April 19-22, 2004. Receipt deadline for registering for the Coon Rapids session is March 23, 2004. For more information, click on Appreciative Inquiry

--Grant Writing Workshop

A CTL Grant Writing Workshop will be offered at Saint Paul College, room 321, on Tuesday, October 21, from 3:00 - 4:30 PM. Faculty Development Coordinator Lori Schroeder from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities office will conduct the workshop. Joe Juaire, Watch Making Program instructor at Saint Paul College, will join the discussion to talk about his experiences in writing and receiving a grant for his program.

Contact Lorie Costello to register. Registration deadline is October 14.


--The Plagiarism Court: You Be the Judge

Tackle a difficult subject, plagiarism, by way of a tutorial- game.

The Plagiarism Court (This tutorial-game is available in a Macromedia Flash version.)

--Assessment Web Sites

This compilation of sites is sponsored by the American Association for Higher Education(AAHE), which "aspires to be [an] organization that best enables all individuals, institutions, and stakeholders in higher education to learn, organize for learning, and contribute to the common good." There are a lot of goodies here.


--Article: "In Classroom, Small Changes Can Make Big Differences"

This article is by Professor Richard Light and is from the Harvard University Gazette.

--Report: "How People Learn"

This is the E-text of a 1999 National Academy of Sciences report.

How People Learn

--Article: "Different Worlds in the Same Classroom"

Are you a mentor and intellectual resource, or are you a dispenser of knowledge?

Different Worlds

--Article: "Tips for Teachers"

This article provides twenty ways to make lectures more participatory.

Tips for Teachers

CTL Weekend Seminar at INVER HILLS: Presentation Help for your Class

This seminar will focus on how instructors can develop and evaluate student oral presentations. The date for this seminar is October 25; the time: 10 AM- 4 PM. The location is Inver Hills Community College, Fine Arts, room 150. Note: Registration deadline is October 17.

For more information or to register free online, click here at

--CTL Weekend Seminar: Creating Campus Climates for Learning

This seminar will focus on the dynamics of multicultural campuses and consider student achievement. The date is November 8; time: 10 AM- 4PM. The location is Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, Virginia, MN. Registration deadline: 31 October.

For more information or to register free online, click here at CTL

Web Design

--Web Page Design Tutorial

Voidex promotes itself as "Everyone's number one webmaster resource." I tried the new tutorial offered for photoshop and liked it (translated: I could do it!).
Web Design


--Article: "The Information Age Mindset: Changes in Students and Implications in Higher Education."

A perspective on student demographics.

The Information Age Mindset This is a PDF File (5 pages).

--Article: "Medical Emergencies in the Classroom"

Picture this: You are lecturing to a classroom full of students, when one of them suddenly faints in his/her seat. Everyone looks to you....What would you do?

Medical Emergencies in the Classroom

The Blog Grab Bag

--The On-Line Picasso Project

This site has over 6800 cataloged works by Picasso, arranged into a timeline of sixteen categories (from "ORIGINS & YOUTH" to "LAST YEARS").


--The Philosophers' Magazine on the Internet

Portals, links, games, quotations, a cyber cafe, archived articles, and an online bookshop. A free mailing list is also available.

The Philosophers' Magazine

--Retro Lounge

This site brings you the best of bygone eras in cinema, adverting, architecture, posters, music, fashion, and design.

Retro Lounge

--Fractals Online

A fractal is defined as "an infinitely complex, generally self-similar figure. Fractals are also unique in that they have noninteger (fractional) dimensions."(I had to look this up!) This site offers tutorials and numerous interactive features. A free mailing list is also available.

Fractals Online

--East Indian Films Online

8000 titles available in documentaries, short films and animations. You can view the site in Hindi or English.

Indian Films (NOTE: I accessed this site using Internet Explorer. I can not vouch for other browsers.)

--Foreign Media Reaction

For a global, international perspective on events, visit this site. Sponsored by the Department of State,The Office of Media Reaction, the reports on this site provide a global round-up of editorials and op-ed commentary from major newspapers, magazines and broadcast media around the world.

Media Reaction

--Maps and Aerial Photos of the United States

Terraserver is one of the world's largest online databases, providing free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the United States.
Look up your neighborhood!

Maps and Aerial Photos

--American Rhetoric

This site has an online speech bank (5000+), audio clips, links to communication journals and communication associations, and "Cool Exercises."

American Rhetoric

Until next week!

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