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Faculty Development News This Week:

Faculty Roundtable

The next Faculty Rountable is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 12-1, Conference Room B, Student Center and will feature Kathleen DeDeyn from physical education. Kathleen's topic is "Stress and How to Handle Yours. " Here is the abstract:

A look at what causes your stress, the physical and psychological ramifications of stress, and practice in several techniques to help manage your stress, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, autogenics, visualization, meditation, exercise and more."

A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP(Just click Comment below), so I can guarantee there will be enough food.

Faculty Development Funding

Interested in applying for a CTL grant? Get funding for time, materials and equipment from the Office of the Chancellor, CTL. Proposal deadline: 22 January 2004.

Proposal guidelines are available at Proposal Guidelines


--Web Site: Faculty Consultation

This Web site, sponsored by Bemidji State University, provides general resources and information on faculty assessment.
Faculty Consultation.

--Web Site:Peer Review of Teaching

Sponsored by a consortium of universities, this site has a rich store of material, although some links require authorization to access.
Peer Review of Teaching

--Online Bulletin

The AHHEB Bulletin is an electronic publication of the American Association for Higher Education.
Assessment issues and other topics relevant to higher education are located here.


Peer Review of Teaching: A Sourcebook by Nancy Van Note Chism
(Anker Publishing, 1999).

Here is a section of the press release for the book:

"This concise yet comprehensive sourcebook is for administrators, particularly deans and department chairs, who wish to develop a strong peer review component to their system for evaluating and improving teaching. And this book is for faculty who will be engaged in the system, as both evaluators and as subjects of teaching evaluation. It consists of two parts: Part One details a framework for designing and implementing peer review, and Part Two provides guidelines, protocols, and forms for each task involved in an effective system of peer review."

For more information, click on Peer Review.

--Annotated Bibliography

This is an annotated bibliography on assessment resources.



**"Teaching as Scholarship" examines the juxtaposition of scholarship and teaching, beginning with a look at course syllabi. According to the author, "courses and syllabi represent profound acts of scholarship."

Read the article:
Teaching as Scholarship: Reflections on a Syllabus

**"Capturing Particulars of Classroom Practice"

This article addresses how our pedagogical intentions actually play out in the classroom.
Read the article:
Capturing Particulars of Classroom Practice

**"Putting the Focus on Student Learning"

This article asks instructors to evaluate and assess their teaching in terms of student learning.

Read the article: Putting the Focus on Student Learning

**--"Nine Good Principles for Assessing Student Learning"

This article provides a rubric for evaluating teaching in terms of student learning outcomes.
Nine Good Principles for Assessing Student Learning

Conference:Learning in 3D: Democratic Transformations, Diversity Redefined, Digital Environments."

April 1-4, Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, San Diego, California

AAHE, the host for this conference," focuses this national conference on the three-dimensional societal and cultural revolution that is sweeping across higher education. This year's conference will explore where and how the three dimensions come together and what effect this may have on the future of higher education."

For information, click on
Learning in 3D


Want some ideas about how to build student response in the classroom? Read
the article "Open Windows into Your Students' Souls":
Open Windows into your Students' Souls

--"Empathy in Higher Education"

What role does empathy play in higher education? According to the author of this article,"[e]mpathy is coming out of the closet -- the campus counseling center closet, that is. Empathy is a valuable tool for classroom management and facilitating relationships between faculty members and administrators."

To read more, click here:

Empathy in Higher Education

--"Powerful Partnerships: A Shared Responsibility for Learning"

This article discusses the strategies for increasing the quality of student learning by way of campus-wide efforts.

Read the article:
Powerful Partnerships

New Campus Group: Gay-Straight Alliance

Faculty, students, and staff welcome!

The purpose of this organization is to nurture a sense of community among those students, faculty, and staff who understand themselves to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or allies. An allied member is any person, regardless of his or her sexual orientation, who supports sexual diversity and the mission statement, which is provided below.

MISSION STATEMENT of the Gay-Straight Alliance ( WORKING DRAFT)

--To create a safe campus environment for people who feel threatened or unable to perform as vital members of the Inver Hills community for reasons including sexual orientation.

--To work to educate students and faculty on issues of sexual diversity and to raise the awareness of the community.

--To provide support and education for students who are or who have family members and friends who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender.

--To provide educational programming that seeks to encourage a positive climate of acceptance for all students, regardless of sexual orientation.

--To inform about state wide and national efforts to educate the public about issues of homophobia and "hetrosexism."

--To sponsor educational outreach programs including speakers, support networks,
educational events, and socials, furthering understanding and sensitivity to what gay,
lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals need in the twenty-first century.

The first organizational meeting of the Gay-Straight Alliance is November 6, Thursday, 12:30-1:30 PM, Conference Room A, Student Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Questions and concerns can be addressed to Joyce Kammeraad and Colette Wanless, faculty sponsors for the Gay-Straight Alliance.

Blog Grab Bag

--The Knowledge Media Laboratory

Sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Knowledge Media Laboratory (KML) "uses new media and emerging technologies to exchange information, share knowledge and produce innovations that can transform teaching and learning." Along with resources, there is a Gallery providing "examples of ways that faculty can make ideas, insights, and new understandings generated in the course of teaching available so that others can build upon them."

The Knowledge Media Laboratory

--Filter Project

The Focusing Images for Learning and Teaching an Enriched Resource (FILTER) project aims to encourage and enable the use of digital images in learning and teaching in the United Kingdom and around the globe. User-friendly for all technological abilities.

To find out more:

--Who are the Connectors?

Social networking in the knowledge economy.

To find out more, read the article:
The Connectors

--Knowledge Garden

Interesting name for a Web site, yes?

This site is devoted to "organizational intelligence," "knowledge ecology," and " ideas that span the boundaries of multiple communities." Its goal is to "create new knowledge together and accelerate knowledge flows."

Read more:
Knowledge Garden


What is Pitch?

"Pitch is a peer-reviewed, online-only, continuous-release journal focused on instructional technology topics. Specifically, Pitch focuses on the pedagogical, technological, sociological, legal, and ethical issues of opening access to educational opportunity to underprivileged and underserved populations. Example topics include reusable media / learning objects, social networks and informal learning online, self-organizing learning communities, licensing of free educational materials, and right to education. "

Pitch Journal will be available in November 2003. Sign up on the site to get notification of the official release. Pitch

--Personal Publishing in Education

Read about blog use and trends in education. The author will link you to three articles he wrote on the subject.

Coup de pedagogue

Until next week!

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