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Faculty Development News This Week:

Online / Distance Learning

--Burgeoning Interest in Online Instruction

This article appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 December 2003.

...When Online Enrollment Soars

Conferences / Programs

--"Teaching for Wisdom: Achieving Higher Order Thinking in Our Graduates"

Radisson Hotel South, Bloomington, MN

"Join your colleagues for a teaching and learning conference on "Teaching for Wisdom." Preconference topics include assessment, designing a core curriculum, electronic portfolios, senior faculty and the intersection of indigenous culture and modern technology. Featured speakers include Tom Balistrieri (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), founder of Passage, a revolutionary multicultural program that assists students in the transition from youth to adulthood, and John Zubizaretta (Columbia College), author of The Learning Portfolio: Reflective Practice for Improving Student Learning, (Anker Publishing, fall 2003)."

For further information, clcik here on

This is the second notice for this conference.

--Assessment Program

"Make strides toward "Creating a Culture of Assessment" on your campus! The Collaboration offers two great new programs to strengthen your campus assessment initiatives: a February preconference session and the 2004 Summer Institute."

"The participants in The Collaboration's new Regional Colloquium on Assessment have identified this topic as a priority for Collaboration campuses. With accrediting agencies and granting organizations placing far greater emphasis on learning outcomes than ever before, many campuses are looking at assessment with a new sense of urgency. Colloquium participants will lead a preconference session on February 19th offering tools, strategies, and examples from their campuses. The session provides a great opportunity to begin framing a team proposal for The Collaboration’s 2004 Summer Institute. This intensive residential program, held on the St. Olaf College campus from June 6 –9, offers plenary sessions and individualized consulting to help campuses develop important change initiatives in record time."

"The Collaboration invites short proposals (2-3 pages) for its 15th annual Summer Institute from teams of four or more faculty, staff, administrators, and students wishing to develop campus projects focused on the theme of "Creating a Culture of Assessment." The institute will be held from June 6-9 on the campus of St. Olaf College...."

For more information:


Faculty Development News This Week:


--Book on Community College Teaching

Honored But Invisible: An Inside Look at Teaching in Community Colleges,
by W. Norton Grubb (Routledge1999).

"This book examines the nature of teaching, and the institutional forces that shape it, in community colleges. These colleges include the most diverse students and the most varied subjects of any form of education in the U.S. Unfortunately, both they and the teaching within them are often invisible."

Honored But Invisible: An Inside Look at Teaching in Community Colleges

--Using Blogs to Exhibit Class Projects

This link suggests ways of using blogs to manage project communication.

Publishing a Project Weblog

--What is Blogging?

Blogging--What Is It?

--Principles of Adult Learning

Pedagogical principles relating to adult learners.

Principles of Adult Learning
--Positive Feedback

This article by Alfie Kohn was published in Young Children, September 2001;
and, in abridged form (with the title "Hooked on Praise"), in Parents Magazine, May 2000. Although Kohn is talking about teaching young children, the psychology of rewarding students with a perfunctory "good job!" response is no different for youths than adults. Kohn argues that we, as educators, should think twice about handing out this type of feedback.

Here is a quote to entice you to read the rest of the article:

"The reason praise can work in the short run is that young children are hungry for our approval. But we have a responsibility not to exploit that dependence for our own convenience. A "Good job!" to reinforce something that makes our lives a little easier can be an example of taking advantage of children's dependence. Kids may also come to feel manipulated by this, even if they can not quite explain why. "

Read the entire article:

Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job"

--The Rise of Cell Phone Cheating in the Classroom

This article appeared in the December 2, 2003 issue of The Christian Science Monitor.

A Call to Curb Cell Phones in Class

--Scholar Activists

How to make a difference as a scholar-activist.

Professors Who Profess

Software / Design Tools

--HTML Tutorial

Interested in learning HTML? Check out this site:


--Microsoft Blogging Tool

Go ahead: register and get a free blog site to start work on!

The Spoke

--New Age Keyboarding

Q-Pointer is voice enabled software that allows you to voice enable any program (net browsers, word processors, photo editing--yes, any software)! You simply speak to click, surf, dictate, and keyboard using a headset.

Q Pointer Keyboard

--Float Images Tutorial

Floatutorial takes you through the basics of floating elements such as images, drop caps, next and back buttons, image galleries, inline lists and multi-column layouts.


--Learning Objects Portal

This site is a gateway to learning objects resources.

Learning Objects Portal

--Advanced Distributed Learning

"In November 1997, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) launched the Advanced Distributed Learning
(ADL) initiative. A major collaborative ADL partner and presenter at the Kick-Off Meeting was the Instructional Management Systems (IMS) Project, a consortium of government organizations, over 1,600 colleges and universities, and 150 corporations. The purpose of this project is to develop an open architecture for online learning."--Center for International Education, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.


--Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM)

What is GEM?

GEM is

"... a consortium effort to provide "one-stop, any-stop" access to the substantial, but uncataloged, collections of Internet-based educational materials available on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites.

... a consortium of 400 + organizations and individuals who support the goals and mission of the GEM Project.

... a set of metadata standards and technical mechanisms that provides efficient, simple access to educational materials.

... The Gateway, a searchable, browseable catalog of metadata records for resources from GEM Consortium members Internet sites."

To find out more:


--National Learning Infrastructure Initiative(NLII)

What exactly does NLII do?

"The NLII organizes its work around key themes chosen annually from the larger domain of the transformation of teaching and learning with technology. The NLII has begun plotting this domain space visually in a series of concept maps to gain higher-level views of the relationships between themes. Working with the NLII Planning Committee, the NLII identifies emerging themes, tracks their development, and prioritizes work for each year on selected themes. Key themes change as they mature into the mainstream and new ones are identified. The NLII model uses a framework for action that organizes the key themes according to the interrelationships and interdependencies among the forces affecting behavior associated with the role of technology in transforming teaching and learning. The framework represents the complex interplay of agents, technologies, roles, communities, and principles, reflecting the sociotechnological context of decision-making on today's campus."

Interesting site.


Culture and Trends

--The Library as Temple

Read a passage from this article:

"The library is also not just functionally important to communities all over the world, but a library itself is the embodiment of enlightenment values in all the best sense of that. A library is a temple to the notion that knowledge is not just for the elite and that access should be low cost if not free, that doors should be open. Investing in libraries monetarily, spiritually, intellectually, legally is one of the best things we can do for our immediate state and for the life we hope we can build for the rest of the century."

Read more:

The Anarchist in the Library


This European Commission site is thought-provoking an disturbing on a number of counts. Here is what the Homepage says about the site's mission and purpose:

The products and services in development are designed to capture the interest of young adults (16 to 24) who are not currently taking part in education or training and to assist them in the development of life long learning objectives. The learning themes focus on subjects of interest to young adults, e.g. football and music, and the modules include activities designed to develop aspects of literacy and numeracy. m-learning's target audience includes young adults who are unemployed, under-employed or homeless.


Online Communities

--Phantom Authority

This article explores many of the issues involved in the creation and maintenance of an open, online community.

Interesting reading.

Phantom Authority


What is Wikipedia?

"Wikipedia is a multilingual project to create a complete an accurate free content encyclopedia. We started in January 2001 and are currently working on 180096 articles in the English version."

Visit the site:



--World Summit on the Information Society

Even if you can not travel to Geneva for the 2003 conferee, you can visit the site.

World Summit on the Information Society


Blog Grab Bag

--Blogging at Harvard

Read about the Blogs at Harvard Initiative.

Blogging Comes to Harvard

--Blogging at Stanford

"As multidisciplinary work becomes more and more important to the sustained success of Stanford University, the tools available from ITSS must be better able to support such work.

Weblogs are an excellent tool for supporting multidisciplinary teams, which is one of the reasons why we're considering creating a Blog service for all Stanford faculty, staff and students."

Read more:

Stanford ITSS Blog Project

--Top Twenty Definitions of Blogging

This is a list of blog applications.

Top Twenty Definitions of Blogging

--Internet Mapping

"A project to create a comprehensive graphical representation of the internet in just one day and using only a single computer has already produced some eye-catching images."

Internet Mapping

--Workplace Rituals

An interesting perspective on the culture of work.

Rituals of the Workplace

--Online History Sourcebook

Online texts for ancient, medieval, and modern history. A history film archive is also available.

History Sourcebook

--Voice of the Shuttle (VoS)

"Started in 1994 as a suite of static Web pages, VoS has now been rebuilt as a database that serves content dynamically on the Web. "


Voice of the Shuttle

--Teacher Xpress

This education resources portal is managed by a robot!


--Virtual Tour of the Concorde

It is the end of an era for the Concorde passenger jet, but you can still take a virtual tour of this magnificent plane.

Take the tour:

Tour the Concorde

Until next semester!

Blog editor


Faculty Development News This Week:

Faculty Development at Inver Hills

--Faculty Roundtable

Are you seeing more student behaviors that are interfering in how well your classroom climate is working for you and your students? This roundtable will begin a discussion about how we can effectively build a classroom framework that is respectful to students and to ourselves.

You are invited to a Faculty Roundtable:

Classroom Civility: Using Your Syllabus to Create a Positive Classroom Climate

Wednesday December 10, 2:00 p.m.

Conference Room B

Panel participants:

Anthony Collins

Judy DeBoer

Connie Manos-Andrea

Barbara Read

Kathy Schur


In the tradition of a French salon, you and a guest are invited to engage in discussion with Ed Juers,retired IHCC sociology and criminal justice instructor, who will speak on "Power and Self-Interest in Politics."

Thursday, December 18, 4-6 p.m.

LOCATION: Wells Lanes Eatery and Pub, 365 Concord Street N.,
South Saint Paul (please note the location change).

This event is sponsored by the Faculty Development Committee.


--CTL/MNSCU Grant Applications

Do you have an interesting teaching / learning project in mind? Well, read on.

The Center for Teaching and Learning in the Office of the Chancellor offers opportunities for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities faculty and staff to apply for funds to enhance teaching and learning on system campuses.

The CTL Grants are available through the Learning That Lasts program with support from The Bush Foundation and the Office of the Chancellor. Applicants may choose to apply electronically or via the mail.

Proposals are due by January 22, 2004, for projects beginning in July 2004.

Proposal guidelines for CLT Grants available online at CTL GRANTS or by calling 651-649-5740.


This is the second notice for this grant opportunity.

Educational Games/Design

Maya Personal Learning Edition 5 (TM) software is now available for free download from Maya Personal Learning Edition 5 offers almost every feature found in the full commercial version of Maya Complete(TM) 5 including an industry-leading set of modeling, animation, rendering and effects tools.

Check it out:


--Video Game Research

This is an international journal of game research. Here is what the journal's Homepage says:

"Game Studies is a crossdisciplinary journal dedicated to games research, web-published several times a year at Our primary focus is aesthetic, cultural and communicative aspects of computer games. Our mission - To explore the rich cultural genre of games; to give scholars a peer-reviewed forum for their ideas and theories; to provide an academic channel for the ongoing discussions on games and gaming."

Game Studies

--Icon Design

Learn about the "rhetoric of icons".

Icon Design

--Icon Museum

ICONography is an independently curated exhibition exploring the computer icon (desktop or other) as "a defining element of the entire construction of computational culture, and one that resonates strongly with the place of the computer icon in the syntax of world history."

ICONography is "curated" by Patrick Lichty, independent artist, writer and curator, and is hosted by



--How to Combat Plagiarism

The New Plagiarism

--Hispanic College Fund

Read the mission statement:

"The Hispanic College Fund, Inc. (HCF) is a private non-profit organization founded in 1993 to develop the next generation of Hispanic business leaders in America by awarding scholarships to deserving Hispanic students. HCF accomplishes its mission by securing the funds needed to award financial assistance to students seeking to afford a higher education in academic disciplines leading to careers in business."

Hispanic College Fund

--Millennials: The Next Generation

This article appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


--Managing Millennials

This article is an excerpt from Connecting Generations: The Sourcebook by Claire Raines.

Managing Millennials


--Microsoft Word as a Teaching Resource

"Word 2003 offers customizable features that support the steps of the writing process: prewriting, composition, revision, and publication. Word 2003 also contains tools that enable the collection and assimilation of research data into your students' writing."

On request, Adam Colwell, tech services, can load Word 2003 on your computer.

Teaching the Writing Process with Microsoft Word 2003

--Microsoft Instructor Resources

There is a section for college teaching.

21st Century Tools for Teaching and Learning

Learning Objectives

This is Bloom's taxonomy as a rubric for learning objectives.

Bloom's Taxonomy

--Education for the 21st Century

Interesting article on education trends.

Educating the 21st Century Citizen

--Research and Creative Activity

This is a special issue on the scholarship of teaching.

Research and Creative Activity

--Looking for Insight into Teaching

How to apply cognitive theory in student self- analysis papers.

Looking for Insight into Teaching

--The Scholarship of Teaching

This article provides an overview on the scholarship of teaching.

The Scholarship of Teaching

--Humor in the Classroom

Laughter in the classroom for stress relief and mood creation.

For more ideas:

Laughter Therapy

Blog Grab Bag

--PowerPoint: The Pros

Why PowerPoint is a good thing in the classroom.

Learning to Love PowerPoint

--Society for the Return to Academic Standards

Here is the mission statement for this Web society:

"Provide information and support for a return to academic standards in higher education. The widespread use of the student evaluation of teaching (SET) data as a control device has caused grade inflation and course work devaluation. SFRTAS encourages research on faculty pander pollution, dysfunctional aspects of SETs, misuse of SET data by administrators, dishonesty of students on SETs, invalidity of SET information, denial of due process from use of SET, defamation, impression management, post-tenure reviews, disappearing tenure, and reasons for grade inflation. "

Interested? Then check out:

Return to Academic Standards

--Incorporated Subversion

This is an education weblog.

Incorporated Subversion

--Using Blogs in Education

Weblogg Ed

--Ed Blogger Praxis

Find examples of education blogs.

Ed Blog Praxis

--Blogs in Education

This is a spatially organized chart of the ways blogs can be used in education.

Some Uses of Blogs in Education

--Interactive Multimedia Electronic Journal of Computer-Enhanced Education (IMEJ)

Read about IMEJ:

"IMEJ is a prototype for an interactive multimedia electronic journal edited and produced at Wake Forest University. The goals of IMEJ are to provide a peer-reviewed forum for innovations in computer-enhanced learning, to serve as a model and testbed for an electronic journal with a high level of multimedia and interactivity, and to advance the acceptance of electronic publication as a legitimate and valuable form of academic discourse. "

Interactive...Journal of Computer-Enhanced Learning

--The Morphing of the American Academic Profession

This article offers an assessment of the restructuring of academic employment in the United States.

The Morphing of the American Academic Profession

--The War on Higher Education

This is article by Stanley Fish appeared in the November26, 2003 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The War on Higher Education

--Teaching and Learning on the Web

This site offers 796 examples of online instruction.

"JUST HOW CAN THE WEB be used for something more than surfing, chatting, making money, or idly wasting time? Can it provide an environment for learning? We found that people learn well from examples, so we created for our faculty this collection of the ways the web was being used in different disciplines. "

Visit the site:

Teaching and Learning on the Web

--ProjectCool Media

Offers free tutorials on Web design.

ProjectCool Media

--Blue Web

Award winning educational sites in all subject areas. Updated weekly.

Blue Web

--Literary Resources

This is a comprehensive collection of Web sites devoted to literature and the humanities.

Literary Resources on the Net

--Web Teaching Guide Bibliography

This page contains a Web teaching bibliography linked to for book purchase and/or a Web version of the reference where available. The bibliography is organized by subject.

Web Teaching Guide

--Transforming e- Knowledge

This book is "a manifesto on e-knowledge" published by Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). The entire book is available online.

Read this passage from the Foreword:

We cannot predict the future, but we do sense that we have the power to shape it. So we need to take time to reflect: on what those possible futures are, which are the more desirable, and what it takes to realize them. The authors of this book set out to help us with that process. On every page you will find them striving to express the ways in which e-systems can be exploited, the benefits they could yield, and what we all, individuals and organizations together, must now do.

Transforming Knowledge

--Web Portals and Higher Education

This is an entire book on Web portals, and it is available online for free from EDUCAUSE.

Web Portals and Higher Education

--The future of books in the digital age

Umberto Eco, the Italian novelist and scholar, gave this speech in Alexandra, Egypt on November 1, 2003. The speech appears in Al-Ahram, a Cairo weekly journal, the 20-26 November issue.

Vegetal and Mineral Memory: The Future of Books

Until next week.

Blog editor