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Faculty Development News This Week:

Faculty Development at Inver Hills

--Faculty Roundtable

Have you been thinking about developing an online course? Are you wondering about the on-line experiences of other faculty members at Inver Hills? This session brings together three Inver Hills faculty members who have been teaching online courses for varying lengths of time. There will be short presentations and an opportunity for discussion.

You are invited to a roundtable:



Peter Beurskens

Jim Brothen

Shannon Marting

Wednesday February 11

12 noon-1 PM

College Center, Conference Room A

Sponsored by the Faculty Development Committee.

Conferences / Seminars

National Science Foundation, Short Courses for College Teachers

The National Science Foundation's Short Courses for College Teachers 2004 schedule is now available at Short Courses, or you can look at brochure in Shannon Marting's office (HH303a).

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this program, this program is designed as an annual series of forums in which scholars at the frontiers of various sciences meet intensively for several days with undergraduate college teachers. The program is nice because it is relatively inexpensive (you are usually responsible for airfare and hotel but there are generally no conference or tuition fees) and you can find some wonderful opportunities in some interesting places.

It might be a possible way to use you faculty development funds.

Online Education


H-Net is an “international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. {The} edited lists and web sites publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for colleagues and the interested public. The computing heart of H-Net resides atMatrix: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, Michigan State University, but H-Net officers, editors and subscribers come from all over the globe.”

Check it out:


Service Learning
--The Community College National Center for Community Engagement

The League for Innovation and the Community College National Center for Community Engagement are hosting a second "Homeland Security and Civic
Engagement Summit" to "help community colleges create and improve homeland
security training and education programs that emphasize community engagement. The 2004 Summit offers research and theories, strategies, and tips and techniques for connecting homeland security academic curriculum to civic engagement. Participants from all disciplines are encouraged to attend.

Examples of how community colleges can address issues of homeland security,
service learning, and civic engagement include:

* History professors collaborating with civics or government professors
on projects that address democracy and deliberation;

* Geography professors addressing cultural awareness and civic

* Counseling or psychology professors addressing critical incident stress

* Allied health professors addressing global infectious diseases and
public awareness;

* Business and political science professors addressing economic impacts
of natural disasters;

* Communication professors addressing identity theft and safety

* Computer information systems professors partnering with community-based
organizations to address cyber security;

* Biology or chemistry professors addressing bioterrorism;

* Student services volunteer programs addressing home safety; and

* EMT or fire science professors addressing first responder programming
in their community. "

The "Homeland Security and Civic Engagement Summit" will be held on Sunday,
February 29, 2004, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the San Francisco Hilton. There is no charge for this summit meeting.

For more information:


--Echoing Green

“Launched in 1987, Echoing Green's mission is to spark social change by identifying, investing and supporting the world's most exceptional emerging leaders and the organizations they launch. Through a two-year fellowship program, we help our network of visionaries develop new solutions to society’s most difficult problems. These social entrepreneurs and their organizations work to close deeply-rooted social, economic and political inequities to ensure equal access and to help all individuals reach his/her potential. Over the past 16 years, Echoing Green has invested $21 million in seed and start up grants to over 370 social entrepreneurs and their innovative organizations.”

Echoing Green

Web Utilities

--Java Script Kit

JavaScript objects can be embedded into your Web pages to add interest and interactivity to your creations. There are several free sites available from which you can source interesting tools and objects.

Take a look:

Java Script Kit

--Orkut: Social Networks

What in the world is an Orkut? Orkut is one more example of the new
social networks (also called online communities) such asPlaxo and Friendster. You can use Orkut to create a professional community (such as faculty development at a college), or use Orkut to meet up with friends, business connections, or people with similar interests.

To find out more:



Blizg is a blog index that focuses on metadata. Here is what the creators of Blizg have to say: “We want to promote the use of metadata in the blogging community. We're also excited about finding new ways to use metadata that will create useful connections between and among blogs."

Find out more:

Blog Grab Bag

--Bach Digital Autographs

By autographs, is meant the composer's hand-written music.” The
site features information about and images of selected Bach autographs, pictures and audio examples of five instruments from Bach's time (trumpet, violoncello piccolo, echo flutes, organ, and lute), and a search engine that makes it” possible for the first time to make Bach exhibits from several institutions available world-wide via the Internet."

In English and German.

Bach Digital

"This site deserves to be browsed at length, since many of its most intriguing features (virtual tour of the universe, interviews with authors of books on space, downloadable wallpapers and screensavers, program schedules for US planetariums, the Space TV Archive, etc.) are not visible from the navigation menus."


--Teaching the Holocaust

--Teaching the Holocaust

This conference, offered in conjunction with Yad Vashem's 50th anniversary, will take place in Jerusalem, Israel, August 8-11, 2004. "Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, was established in 1953 by an act of the Israeli Knesset. Since its inception, Yad Vashem has been entrusted with documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust period, preserving the memory and story of each of the six million victims, and imparting the legacy of the Holocaust for generations to come through its archives, library, school, museums and recognition of the 'Righteous Among the Nations'."

For more information about the conference:

Teaching the Holocaust

--ESL Study Hall

ESL Study Hall is a George Washington University Web site that offers help with English as a second language (ESL).

ESL Study Hall

--Conversations with History

“In these lively and unedited interviews, distinguished men and women from all over the world talk about their lives and their work. They reminisce about their participation in great events, and they share their perspectives on the past and reflect on what the future may hold. Guests include diplomats, statesmen, and soldiers; economists and political analysts; scientists and historians; writers and foreign correspondents; activists and artists. The interviews span the globe and include discussion of political, economic, military, legal, cultural, and social issues shaping our world. At the heart of each interview is a focus on individuals and ideas that make a difference.”

This project is from The Institute of International Studies, University of California at Berkeley.

--The Center for Documentary Studies

The Center for Documentary Studies, founded in 1989 at Duke University, stands at a crossroads where the university meets the larger community. The Center is dedicated to a new vision of documentary work, one that connects the documentary process to education and community building. Duke University's CDS is a resource center for documentary education at all levels using photography, oral history, and written narrative. The site offers curriculum ideas and projects for literacy through photography. CDS sponsors the Bridges Programs to connect diverse peoples and communities through photography, creative writing, oral history, narrative, biography, and video as tools for education and community building.”

Check it out:

Center for Documentary Studies

--The Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution (OJPCR)

The Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution is intended as "a resource for students, teachers and practitioners in fields relating to the reduction and elimination of conflict. It desires to be a valuable source of information to aid anyone trying to work toward a less violent and more cooperative world." OJPCR is published by the Tabula Rasa Institute.

Peace and Conflict Resolution

--Migrations: The Photographs of Sebastiao Salgado

“Concerned by the millions of refugees, migrants, displaced persons and those struggling to hold onto the little that they have, Brazilian Sebastião Salgado photographed in forty-one countries over six and one half years. Why? ‘My hope is that, as individuals, as groups, as societies, we can pause and reflect on the human condition at the turn of the millennium," he writes. "In its rawest form, individualism remains a prescription for catastrophe. We have to create a new regimen of coexistence.’

A notable feature on this site is an interview with Salgado.


--Web Site Design for Users with Disabilities

This site discusses disabled user accessibility issues in Web site design.

Disabled User Accessibility

--Virtual Knee Surgery

This site takes you through the process of replacing a failing knee joint. Interactive.

Scrub up!

Virtual Knee Surgery

Until next week!

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