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Faculty Development News This Week :

Faculty Development at Inver Hills

--Faculty Roundtable

Faculty Roundtable
Educational Technology: Friend and Foe?
Speaker: Mark Peterson
Date: Thursday, January 22, 2004
Time: 1:-00-2:00 PM
Location: Conference Room B

Are you one of the cyber-elated, or are you cyber-anxious? Do you foresee high-tech doom for education or a high-tech Renaissance? Is there a middle ground between techno-utopianism and neo-Luddism? According to Mark Peterson, Director of Academic Technology and Computing Services, the answer is yes. Technology can be both friend and foe, depending upon the individual's awareness of the tools she/he is using. In the next Faculty Roundtable, Mark will address the technological developments that are unfolding in education, and discuss how these developments are thrilling, disorienting, and intimidating.

Here is the abstract for Mark's talk:

As much as we would like technology to be adaptive and noninvasive, it just isn't. Even the most sophisticated applications will nearly always require the person using the system to do some adjusting. Those adjustments can be relatively simple like changing a routine or they can be very complex like changing how an enterprise is organized and operates. Come and find out what I think you can do to have some control over the encroachment of technology. There are some specific strategies that you can employ to decide if technology will be a benefit or a burden. You might just surprise yourself.

Intrigued? Please join us. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by MNSCU / CTL and Inver Hills Community College, Active Learning and CTL.


The next Inver Hills Salon will feature Martin Springborg and his new bookProof: Ruminations on the Everyday. Martin will present selections from his new book.

Thursday, January 29th, 4-6 PM

Location: 203 Heritage Hall

This event is sponsored by the Inver Hills Faculty Development Committee.

--Innovative Faculty Development

Riverside Community College, Office of Faculty Development, created this Web site. Read the mission statement:

" is an online professional development network of resources and learning modules designed specifically for the needs of community college faculty. This site was created for you to share ideas, acquire new tools for teaching and is updated regularly with new materials and ideas. The more than 200 contributors to this site hope what you learn here will help you reach your students more effectively and enhance their learning experience. "

Take a look:



--Educating Citizens

Educating Citizens: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility by Anne Colby, Thomas Ehrlich, Elizabeth Beaumont, and Jason Stephens.

"This new book by scholars at the Carnegie Foundation challenges U.S. colleges and universities to make moral and civic learning an integral part of the undergraduate experience. Educating Citizens provides concrete counsel on how campuses can meet this challenge."

The Table of Contents, a sample chapter, and ordering information are available from the Jossey-Bass Web site.

Trends and the Future

--"2003 Year-End Google Zeitgeist: Search Patterns, Trends, and Surprises"

Zeitgeist, as you know, is the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era. For a perspective on major events and hot trends, based on more than 55 billion Google searches, click here:

Google Zeitgeist

--"From Digitruth to Identity Terrorism"

The futurist Faith Popcorn makes predictions:

Digitruth to Identity Terrorism

--2004 Top Technology Trends

This article is from

2004 Top Technology Trends

--The Future is Now

This article is from The, United Kingdom.

The Future is Now

Media Literacy

--"Media Literacy Goes to School"

This article is from Technology Review, a publication of MIT.

To read the article, registration is required, although there is no fee.

Media Literacy

--Debates in the Media Literacy Movement

Renee Hobbs, the author of this article, is one of the leading researchers and advocates of media literacy education in the United States. This essay introduces some of the different sides in the debates about media literacy.

Read the article:

The Seven Great Debates in the Media Literacy Movement

Learning Objects

--"Learning Objects: Believe It or Not"

Cutting-edge material from the Maricopa Learning eXchange. Plenty of examples.

Learning Objects: Believe It or Not

"Learning Objects Need Instructional Design Theory"

This article is from the Virtual Centre for Innovative Learning Technologies. This is a PDF file (17 pages).

Learning Objects Need Instructional Design Theory

Online Communities

--Information Design of Community Building

A productive online community does not just happen. Find out how to achieve one.

Building Community

--The Association for Community Networking

Read the mission statement:

"The Association For Community Networking (AFCN) is an educational nonprofit corporation dedicated to fostering and supporting "Community Networking" -- community-based creation & provision of appropriate technology services. AFCN's mission is to improve the visibility, viability and vitality of Community Networking by assisting and connecting people and organizations, building public awareness, identifying best practices, encouraging research, influencing policy, and developing products & services. "

Check it out:

Association for Community Networking

Online Instruction Resources

--Resources for Game Based Learning

Articles, examples, and companies.

Resources for Game Based Learning

--Computer Simulations

Try them out! These are produced by Thinkport.

Computer Simulations

--Pew Internet Projects Report

Find out how America utilizes the Internet.

Pew Internet Projects Report

--2003 Search Engine Review

Read for tips about various search engines.

2003 Search Engine Review

--A Field Guide to Educational Simulations

The author, Carl Aldrich, considers high-end simulations to be "the front-runner candidate for creating broad, sharable, e-learning experiences."

This is a PDF file (24 pages).

Field Guide to Educational Simulations

Blog Grab Bag

--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebrate the life of a great American and humanitarian.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

--The Center for Academic Integrity

"The Center for Academic Integrity provides a forum to identify, affirm, and promote the values of academic integrity among students, faculty, teachers and administrators. The CAI Web site is divided into a public tier, which contains general information about the Center and its activities, and a members-only tier, which contains specific information on CAI projects, research, and a list-server for members to exchange ideas and information."

This site offers resources for starting an academic integrity endeavor on campus.

Center for Academic Integrity

--Motivating Students' Best Work

This useful link is from the University of California, Berkeley.

Motivating Students

--Achieving Individualized Instruction in Online Courses

"Making Learning Relevant to Individual Members of an Online Community," by James Thomas & Kezia Prater, addresses individualized instruction in distance education and advocates a teaching system that incorporates inquiry-based learning in real-world contexts.

This article is from the California Virtual Campus Web site.

Making Learning Relevant

--The Council for Higher Education Accreditation

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is a private, nonprofit national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States.

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation

--Internet Literature

This site claims to be the largest library ever assembled on CD (and so far the only one available on DVD).


Until next week!

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