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Welcome to the CTL Email Archives!

 

Are you looking for a past email from the CTL and you can't find it or remember who sent it? Then you are in the right place. We wanted to create one central place for email announcements that have been sent out to faculty, staff and students.

 

 

 

 

 

Date: May 16 2017

From: Candace Wentz

Subject: Register now: June Technology Training Sessions

 

Dear Staff and Faculty,

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce our June technology training sessions. Sessions were developed from topics submitted by colleagues, as well as from frequently asked questions and the CTL User Groups. This year we are providing lunch for most of our sessions, so be sure to register early to reserve your seat!

 

A few topics we are offering include: Adding Interactive Elements to your Presentation, Introduction to Office 365 and One Drive, Mac Users: Tips & Tricks about your Mac, Language Learning with Mango, Creating Video Tutorials through Screencasting and Making the Most of On-Campus Interns; just to name a few.

 

Click here to view the complete schedule.

 

If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, register here.

 

We look forward to seeing you this June,

 

Candace

 

Date: April 25, 2017

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Award for Innovative Teaching

 

Colleagues,

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is pleased to once again offer the Award for Innovative Teaching.  This prize recognizes faculty members who have developed an innovative project or pedagogy within the last academic year aimed at supporting student learning, such as an imaginative approach to student collaboration, a creative use of instructional technology, or a new means of encouraging students to self-regulate their learning.  Innovative projects are those that are original, have a significant impact on student learning and/or students’ classroom experience, and have the potential to inspire other faculty members.

 

This recognition is open to all full time employees with faculty rank and carries a modest cash award of $500.  In order to encourage dialogue around innovative teaching practices at Centre College, awardees will be asked to share their innovation with the campus, in both an online and in person format.  Nominations help alert us to the innovative teaching practices that are being used in our classrooms, so we encourage you to submit nominations.

 

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please send us an email (ctl@centre.edu) with the name of your nominee and a one paragraph rationale for why you are nominating him/her by May 17, 2017. Select nominees will be contacted for more information, and the selection committee will notify the awardees no later than July 1, 2017.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sarah

 

Date: April 13, 2017

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Teaching with Technology Grants

 

Colleagues,

 

I am writing to encourage you to apply for Teaching with Technology funding. This funding is designed to help you imagine and test how technology can be used to transform student learning. For example, funds may be requested for audiovisual equipment, to conduct a site visit or attend a conference, to host a meeting or workshop, or for specialized software. You do not need to already be well versed in educational technologies to apply, and requests for small amounts of funding are welcome.

 

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 1, 2017 or until funds are depleted. Up to $3,000 is available. Please submit proposals to ctl@centre.edu.

 

Full details are avialble here.

 

Matt Kassner, Joel Kilty, Patten Mahler, Mark Rasmussen, Bruce Rodenborn, and Shayna Sheinfeld, all members of the CTL Advisory Board, are happy to field questions or discuss your ideas. I encourage you to reach out to Candace Wentz, Todd Sheene, and Kristi Burch too.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sarah

 

 

Date: March 13, 2017

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Call for Applications" Two Faculty Fellow Positions

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

It is my pleasure to announce that Lesley Wiglesworth, Associate Professor of Mathematics, and John Wilson, Professor of Mathematics, will be the 2017 – 2018 Faculty Fellows. Serving as the Creative Thinking Faculty Fellow, Lesley will undertake a project designed to investigate the effects of classroom climate on student risk taking. John, serving as the Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellow, will seek to understand and begin addressing the barriers to success for underrepresented students, particularly in math and science

 

Their projects, which are described in more detail below, will make valuable contributions to the teaching and learning environment at Centre College, and I’m already looking forward to next year. I hope that you will take a minute to congratulate our colleagues and learn more about their upcoming work.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sarah

 

 

Lesley Wiglesworth, Creative Thinking

We are all too familiar with students who grow terrified when pushed out of their comfort zones and faced with new challenges that might threaten their GPAs and hopes of medical or graduate school.  As a professor, this grade obsession and risk-aversion is extremely frustrating.  However, I understand it.  I was that student during my first year of college—terrified to lose my scholarship, terrified of not getting an A.  This is the same struggle our students face. The purpose of this project is to investigate the effects of classroom climates and teaching strategies on student risk taking and to uncover how faculty across campus are encouraging students to take risks. Through a scholarship of teaching and learning research project, faculty learning community, and facilitated discussions of risk taking with students and faculty, this project aims to help the campus community understand how we can cultivate a culture of risk-taking and creative thinking.

 

 

John Wilson, Diversity and Inclusion

Women and students of color are typically considered underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The purpose of this project is to understand how to improve performance and retention of underrepresented students in these fields through inclusive pedagogies. Through workshops, a faculty learning community, and more, this project will help us understand how our classroom teaching practices, campus spaces, community building, and recruitment efforts influence a student’s experience, performance, and retention in fields of study. Although focused on STEM fields, this project will shed light on the experiences of underrepresented students across campus.

 

 

 

Date: December 5, 2016

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Call for Applications" Two Faculty Fellow Positions

 

Good Morning,

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce a call for applications for two Faculty Fellow positions for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

 

The Creative Thinking Faculty Fellow will be expected to design and pursue a year long project intended to advance our understanding and use of pedagogies that enhance students’ creative thinking abilities.

 

The Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellow will be expected to design and pursue a year long project intended to advance our understanding and use of pedagogies for a diverse student body. This fellowship is generously supported by the Mellon Foundation.

 

Working in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning and, when appropriate, the Diversity Office, fellows will facilitate campus discussion related to their project topics throughout the year. Furthermore, it is expected that the fellows will disseminate the results of their projects regionally and nationally through presentations and publications.

 

Each Faculty Fellow will receive one course release for each of the Fall and Spring terms (2 courses or 6 credit hours total). In addition, a total of $4,000 will be made available to support the activities of each fellow.

 

All full-time tenured faculty with a demonstrated commitment to student learning are encouraged to apply.

 

Application materials, which include a project proposal and a letter of support from your division chair, are due to Sarah Lashley (sarah.lashley@centre.edu) by Friday, February 3.

 

More information about the fellowships and application process is attached.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sarah

Date: December 1, 2016

From: Ellen Prusinski

Subject: Experiential Education Joint Reading Group with Berea College

 

Dear colleagues,

 

In preparation for the Experiential Learning Conference that we will host here at Centre on Tuesday, March 21, I would like to invite you to a joint reading group with faculty and staff members from Berea College.  We will meet Friday, February 10 at 3pm at Centre and Friday, March 3 at 3 at Berea to discuss excerpts from the book Experiential Education in the College Context: What it is, How it Works, and Why it Matters by Jay W. Roberts and to build community around the practice of experiential education.

 

We encourage participation from faculty and staff who are engaged in a wide range of experiential learning practices, including community-based learning, internships, undergraduate research, and community-based research, as well as those who are curious about how experiential learning benefits students.  During the meetings, we’ll enjoy delicious snacks from local restaurants in Berea and Danville, as well as rich discussion and reflection around our shared interests in student learning and the practices of experiential education.

 

If you are interested in joining this group, which we are co-sponsoring with Berea’s CELTS (Center for Excellence in Learning through Service) and Office of Internships, I would be more than happy to deliver a copy of the book to your office.  If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please let me know.

 

Best wishes,

Ellen

 

 

Date: November 10, 2016

From: Kristi Burch

Subject: Moodle Maintenance this Saturday at 8am

 

Faculty,

 

We need to apply some critical server updates to our Moodle server this weekend. Moodle Maintenance will begin at 8am on Saturday morning and should only be down for about 10 minutes or so. Please plan accordingly with assignment due dates and grading. Thank you for your patience as we improve our systems.

 

Kristi

 

Date: October 27, 2016

From: Ellen Prusinski

Subject: Experiential Learning Conference Call for Presentations

 

Dear faculty and staff members,

 

As you know, in partnership with Kentucky Campus Compact, Centre will host a state-wide conference on experiential learning on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  The goal of the conference is to provide an opportunity for educators across Kentucky to come together and share their passion, ideas, and questions around experiential learning.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. George Kuh, Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.  Among other topics, Dr. Kuh has written extensively and consulted about high-impact practices and student engagement.

 

The Conference Committee is seeking proposals for conference presentations that reflect creative and innovative approaches to experiential learning.  We are particularly interested in presentations that are informed by theory, incorporate research, and include issues of diversity and inclusion.  We are also committed to highlighting presentations by teams that include both faculty/staff members and community partners.

The deadline for submitting a presentation proposal is December 2, 2016.  Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of faculty and staff from Kentucky Campus Compact institutions.  Decisions regarding acceptance will be sent via email by December 16.  For more information and to register, visit: https://centre.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0PNObWFaf3KAc8R

 

Of course, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

 

Best wishes,

Ellen

 

Date: August 29, 2016

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Faculty Learning Communities

 

Dear Colleagues:

 

As promised, I am circulating the topics for potential Faculty Learning Communities.  If you are interested in one of the topics listed below, please connect with the contact person. Once a group has been formed, please submit a brief application letter that includes a description of the proposed topic or issue to be explored, a statement of why this topic is of particular interest, a list of all faculty participants, and a description of a tentative deliverable. Please submit application letters via email to the Center for Teaching and Learning (ctl@centre.edu) by Monday, September 12.

 

As a reminder, CTL will provide support of up to $700 per FLC for a limited number of FLCs. Each FLC may appoint one or two faculty conveners who will be responsible for organizing meetings. Each convener will receive of stipend of $100. Each FLC will also receive up to $500 to purchase books and/or resources. Each FLC will be asked to produce one deliverable that is of interest to the campus community. Examples of possible deliverables include: book reviews, resource lists, annotated bibliographies, or a pedagogy luncheon.

 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Have a good afternoon!

 

Sarah

 

See the topics for potential Faculty Learning Communities

 

Date: August 17, 2016

From: Lisa Curlis

Subject: Ensemble Upgrade

 

Greetings, faculty.

 

As many of you are preparing for the fall term, the CTL just wanted to let you know that an upgrade to Ensemble will take place next Wednesday morning, August 24.  Currently, there is an issue when linking an Ensemble playlist to a Moodle course, and it is our hope that this upgrade fixes the issue.  An email will be sent out once the upgrade is complete, and the linking issue has been tested.

 

Thank you for your patience.

Lisa

 

Date: August 11, 2016

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Faculty Learning Communities

 

Dear Colleagues:

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to offer support for the creation of faculty learning communities. If you have an idea for a faculty learning community, please send me an email with a description of the proposed topic or issue to be explored by Wednesday, August 24. Please click here for more information.

 

Sincerely,

Sarah

Date: August 5, 2016

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: 20 Minute Teaching and Learning Videos

 

Good Afternoon,

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning recently purchased a campus subscription to a series of short videos about teaching and learning. Videos can be watched at any time and from any place. According to the publisher, "Magna’s 20-Minute Mentors are video-based programs designed to answer a specific question related to teaching and learning. They deliver actionable insights in highly focused 20-minute presentations designed to fit busy schedules."

 

Sample videos include:

• How can I make my exams more about learning, less about grades?

• What key concepts improve student learning and memory?

• How can I use low-stakes quizzing to enhance learning?

• How can I effectively use class preparation assignments?

• How can I assess critical thinking with student-created work?

• What key factors influence test performance?

• How can I effectively teach unprepared students?

• How can I capture students' interest in the first 5 minutes?

• How can I enhance students' self-regulated learning skills?

Although we have an institutional license, you will need to create an account. The instructions for creating an account and accessing the videos are below.

 

As you watch the videos, please let me know what you think! I will keep a list, which we will eventually place online, of videos that you recommend. Negative feedback is helpful too.

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host periodic gatherings where we eat, watch a video, and discuss how it might be relevant to our teaching.  I'm also happy to meet individually and help you process and/or implement any of the information from the videos.

 

Enjoy!

 

Sarah

 

Date: July 28, 2016

From: Candace Wentz

Subject: New! Adobe User Group

 

Dear Staff,

 

A goal of the CTL is to provide work-related instructional technology support to the campus community.  One of the ways we provide this support is by bringing together people with mutual needs and interests to share information and learn from one another. The past several years, we have been offering a Qualtrics user group and a Microsoft Office user group.  These two groups were created to help bridge connections between departments and to allow staff members a place to share what they know and to learn effective ways of working with these particular programs.

 

This summer, we are excited to announce that we will be organizing an Adobe User Group starting this fall.  This user group is designed for those individuals who use Adobe and would like to learn tips and techniques for working within an Adobe software program. You do not need to be an expert to join this group and we will cover a wide variety of topics within the Adobe software suite.  Staff members should be willing to participate and engage in conversations, share ideas with how they are using, or would like to use Adobe.  This user group will meet once a month throughout the term for breakfast and/or lunch and conversations and it’s free!

 

To find out more about our user groups, check out the following link: http://ctl.centre.edu/ctl-user-groups.html

 

If you are interested in being part of this group, another user group, or you know of a colleague who may be interested, please contact me.

 

Have a wonderful day,

Candace

 

Date: July 26, 2016

From: Candace Wentz

Subject: Technology Assignments and Clickers for Fall term

 

Good morning Faculty,

 

I hope you are having a wonderful summer.  As you begin preparing for the Fall term, I wanted to send out a few reminders regarding instructional technology needs you might have.

 

For those of you who are planning on using clickers in your Fall term courses, please complete the online clicker reservation form.  Since we have a limited number of clickers sets, we will not be able to place a set in every technology classroom.  By completing this form, we can better accommodate your request. For more information about clickers, check out this page:  http://ctl.centre.edu/clickers.html

 

In addition, the CTL department wants to help you develop any technology assignments for your courses.  If you have an idea, but are unsure about the best approach for this, just give us a call, send an email, or stop by the CTL office. We can also help you with designing technology-related class rubrics, handouts, presentation tips and much more.  We have numerous resources available on our website to help you get started: http://ctl.centre.edu/technology-projects.html

 

If you are planning on assigning a technology project (even as an optional assignment), please let us know. We would like to sit down with you to discuss our resources and how we can best help you and your students.

 

As always, let me know if you have any questions and have a great day,

Candace

 

Date: July 14, 2016

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Register Now! Teaching, Learning and Research Conversations

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Grace Doherty Library are pleased to invite you to participate in a series of workshops and conversations about teaching, learning and research.

 

The full schedule for SPARK: Strengthening Pedagogy and Research Knowledge, being held on August 10 and 11, is available here.  Please register and join us for sessions that are of interest to you.

 

Follow this link to register for SPARK sessions.

 

We hope to see you in August!

 

Sincerely,

The CTL and Library Staff

 

Date: July 13, 2016

From: Kristi Burch

Subject: Moodle is Now Upgraded

 

Welcome to the New version of Moodle!

 

We were able to complete our upgrade this morning with no issues. While you may not find many changes to this new version upon initial inspection, there are some neat features associated with the new 3.1 version of Moodle that you may encounter as you begin poking around.

 

If you have any questions or need any Moodle assistance, please let me know. You might also consider attending the SPARK sessions on Moodle, for which more information will be sent soon.

 

If you need a metacourse for the fall, please request one here. https://centre.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5gUz4C6m9SiahXT

 

Thank you for your patience – Moodle on.

 

Date: July 11, 2016

From: Kristi Burch

Subject: Moodle Unavailable Wednesday, July 13

 

Good Afternoon,

 

This Wednesday, July 13, Moodle will be offline as we upgrade to the latest version.

 

We plan to take the system down first thing in the morning and hope to have it back up and running before noon.

We will update you when Moodle is back up and available for use.

 

Thank you for your patience as we improve your Moodling experience.

 

Date: June 9, 2016

From: Kristi Burch

Subject: Moodle

 

Good Morning.

 

We have performed our necessary maintenance to the Moodle server and it is back up and running normally.

 

Thank you,

 

Date: May 24, 2016

From: Candace Wentz

Subject: Upcoming Technology Training Sessions

 

 

Dear ,

 

This is just a reminder to register for our June technology training sessions.  This year we are providing lunch for most of our sessions, so be sure to register early to reserve your seat!

 

A few topics were are offering include: Working with Excel Online, Using Photoshop to Edit Images, Introduction to Office 365 and One Drive, What does the Library hold for me? and Customizing a video using Zaption. We are also offering a two part video workshop in which you will learn how to create your own departmental or program video; as well as lighting techniques and setting up an interview.

 

Click here to view the complete schedule.

 

If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, register here.

 

We look forward to seeing you this June,

Candace

 

Date: May 11, 2016

From: Candace Wentz

Subject: Upcoming Technology Training Sessions

 

Dear Faculty and Staff,

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce our June technology training sessions.  Sessions were developed from topics submitted by colleagues, as well as from frequently asked questions and the CTL User groups. This year we are providing lunch for most of our sessions, so be sure to register early to reserve your seat!

 

A few topics were are offering include: Working with Excel Online, Using Photoshop to Edit Images, Introduction to Office 365 and One Drive, What does the Library hold for me? and Customizing a video using Zaption. We are also offering a two part video workshop in which you will learn how to create your own departmental or program video; as well as lighting techniques and setting up an interview.

 

Click here to view the complete schedule.

 

If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, register here.

 

We look forward to seeing you this June,

Candace

 

Date: May 4, 2016

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: New! Award for Innovative Teaching

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is pleased to announce the inaugural Award for Innovative Teaching.  This prize recognizes faculty members who have developed an innovative project or pedagogy within the last academic year aimed at supporting student learning, such as an imaginative approach to student collaboration, a creative use of instructional technology, or a new means of encouraging students to self-regulate their learning.  Innovative projects are those that are original, have a significant impact on student learning and/or students’ classroom experience, and have the potential to inspire other faculty members.

 

This recognition is open to all full time employees with faculty rank and carries a modest cash award of $500.  Two prizes will be awarded; one each for pre-tenure and tenured colleagues. In order to encourage dialogue around innovative teaching practices at Centre College, awardees will be asked to share their innovation with the campus, in both an online and in person format.  Nominations help alert us to the innovative teaching practices that are being used on our campus, so we encourage you to submit nominations.

 

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please send us an email (ctl@centre.edu) with the name of your nominee and a one paragraph rationale for why you are nominating him/her by May 18, 2016. Select nominees will be contacted for more information, and the selection committee will notify the awardees no later than July 1, 2016.

 

Thanks,

Sarah

 

Date: February 15, 2016

From: Ellen Prusinski

Subject: Save the Date - ³Embracing Community Partnerships: The Foundation for Deep Learning²

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Please join us Thursday, March 3rd at 4pm in the Ewen Room for an exploration of the role of community-based work in higher education.  Our guest speaker, Dr. Cass Freedland of Goucher College, will share a talk entitled “Embracing Community Partnerships: The Foundation for Deep Learning” and invite discussion of the particular place of community-based learning in a liberal arts setting.  A biography for Dr. Freedland, who serves as the France-Merrick Director of Community-Based Learning at Goucher, is available here.

 

Since hors d’oeuvres will be served, RSVP's are appreciated, but not necessary.  If you would like to RSVP, please do so by February 29 via the following link: https://centre.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8vt0eWuoj6rW6CV

 

Hope to see you in March!

Ellen

 

Date: December 10, 2015

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Call for Applications: Two Faculty Fellow Positions

 

Good Morning,

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce a call for applications for two Faculty Fellow positions for the 2016 – 2017 academic year.

 

The Creative Thinking Faculty Fellow will be expected to design and pursue a year long project intended to advance our understanding and use of pedagogies that enhance students’ creative thinking abilities.

 

The Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellow will be expected to design and pursue a year long project intended to advance our understanding and use of pedagogies for a diverse student body. This fellowship is generously supported by the Mellon Foundation.

 

Working in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning and, when appropriate, the Diversity Office, fellows will facilitate campus discussion related to their project topics throughout the year. Furthermore, it is expected that the fellows will disseminate the results of their projects regionally and nationally through presentations and publications.

 

Each Faculty Fellow will receive one course release for each of the Fall and Spring terms (2 courses or 6 credit hours total). In addition, a total of $4,000 will be made available to support the activities of each fellow.

 

All full-time tenured faculty with a demonstrated commitment to student learning are encouraged to apply.

 

Application materials, which include a letter of intent and a letter of support from your division chair, are due to Sarah Lashley (sarah.lashley@centre.edu) by Friday, February 12.

 

More information about the fellowships and application process is attached.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

Sarah

 

 

Date: December 9, 2015

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Faculty Learning Community on Diversity and Inclusion

 

Dear Colleagues:

 

With funding from the Mellon Foundation and in collaboration with the Diversity Office, the Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce a new year long Faculty Learning Community (FLC) focused on diversity and inclusion. The learning community will initially discuss understanding and addressing implicit bias, although we anticipate that additional topics will be introduced throughout the year.

 

Generous funds from the Mellon Institutional Diversity Grant will support this FLC, and funds are available to purchase relevant reading materials, participate in relevant webinars, and visit other campuses.

 

In addition to informing our pedagogies for a diverse student body, we anticipate that members of this learning community will help to select and shape future campus seminars, workshops, or speakers.

 

If you are interested in participating in this FLC, please send me an email by Friday, December 18. In the email, please include a brief statement of why you are interested in participating in this learning community. We hope to finalize the composition of the learning community in January and begin meeting in February.

 

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact Rodmon King or me.

 

Best wishes for a peaceful winter break.

 

Sincerely,

Sarah

 

Date: December 1, 2015

From: Ellen Prusinski

Subject: Community-based learning in Centre and Spring terms

 

Dear colleagues,

 

As you plan for Centre and Spring term classes, please remember that I am always happy to talk with you about developing community-based learning courses and projects.  If I can help you with any aspect of CBL, such as finding community partners, developing effective reflection prompts, applying for financial support, or assessing student learning, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

If you plan to incorporate some form of CBL into your course but don’t need any particular assistance at this point, I would be grateful if you could simply send me a sentence or two that summarizes the role of CBL in your course.  As we work to develop a fuller picture of the scope of CBL courses at Centre, your input is greatly appreciated.

 

Finally, if you’d like to learn more about CBL or see examples of previous CBL courses, check out our newly updated website and handbook: http://ctl.centre.edu/community-based-learning.html

 

Thank you,

Ellen

 

Date: November 23, 2015

From: Kristi Burch

Subject: Moodle: Preparing for CT and spring term

 

Hello Colleagues,

 

As you are winding down the fall term and considering your Moodle courses for CentreTerm and Spring Term, please don’t forget the CTL is here to help!

 

If you are teaching two (or multiple) sections of a course and need to create a Metacourse or need content transferred from an older course, click HERE.

 

*For those of you unfamiliar with a metacourse, it will save you from having to duplicate all of your postings!!

Cross-listed courses should already be combined into a metacourse. If you find that yours has not been, please let me know.

 

If you need assistance with :

·        organizing your Moodle site

·        working with new features

·        experimenting with Moodle modules

·        exploring Moodle teaching methods

 

checkout our Moodle Page on the CTL website,  Moodle Knowledgebase, or feel free to get in touch with me - I’m always glad to help.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kristi

 

Date: November 16, 2015

From: Lisa Curlis

Subject: Ensemble Requests - CentreTerm & Spring Term 2016

 

Hello everyone,

 

I hope you are doing well, as we draw close to the end of the fall term.

 

If you have plans to use Ensemble during CentreTerm or spring term, please take a moment to fill out the request form so that I can start importing any new films into the system.  If you would like to see what is currently available in Ensemble, simply login to the system, https://video.centre.edu/centre , and do a search by title or keyword.

 

https://centre.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1QVyezQZmNCHxI1

 

To our new faculty, you might be asking yourself what is Ensemble?

 

Ensemble Video is the powerful online video platform that Centre College has adopted for video-on-demand. Faculty members can use Ensemble Video to manage and publish their own video content, and students can use it as a way to supplement course related video projects.  For Copyright Information, consult the Centre Institutional Copyright Webpage, http://copyright.centre.edu/video.

 

Let me know if you have any questions.

Lisa

 

Date: November 10, 2015

From: Candace Wentz

Subject: Centre Term / Spring Term Technology Projects & Clickers

 

Dear Faculty,

 

As students begin to register for CentreTerm and Spring Term courses,  I wanted to send out a few reminders regarding instructional technology needs you might have.

 

For those of you who are planning on using clickers in your CentreTerm or Spring Term courses, please complete the online clicker reservation form.  Since we have a limited number of clickers sets, we will not be able to place a set in every technology classroom.  By completing this form, we can better accommodate your request. For more information about clickers, check out this page:  http://ctl.centre.edu/clickers.html

 

In addition, the CTL department wants to help you develop any technology assignments for your courses.  If you have an idea, but are unsure about the best approach for this, just give us a call, send an email, or stop by the CTL office. We can also help you with designing technology-related class rubrics, handouts, presentation tips and much more. We have numerous resources available on our website to help you get started: http://ctl.centre.edu/technology-projects.html

 

If you are planning on assigning a technology project (even as an optional assignment), please let us know. We would like to sit down with you to discuss our resources and how we can best help you and your students.  Centre Term is our busiest time for student technology related projects and we have limited technology equipment available. If we are not aware of your class project, we may not have the equipment needed for your students.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions and have a wonderful day,

Candace

 


Date: September 25, 2015

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Invitation: Digital Initiatives Presentation and Discussion

 

Colleagues,

 

Please join members of the Digital Initiatives Faculty Learning Community for a talk and discussion with Megan Goodwin, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Creative and Innovative Pedagogy at Bates College. Megan’s talk, described below, will take place on Thursday, October 1 at 2:30 pm in Room 202 of the Campus Center. Light snacks will be provided.

 

Please RSVP: https://centre.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_86LIzlruMiKaDqJ

 

Megan's talk is sure to be interesting and practical. I hope that you will join us.

 

Best,

Sarah

 

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Dr. Strange-net: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Twitter

 

As a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Creative and Innovative Pedagogy, I’ve been challenged to explore unconventional approaches to teaching undergrads.  In this talk, I’ll discuss a few of my technological experiments in the classroom, including 3-D modeling, live-tweeting, monitored instant messaging, video book reviews, and my ongoing ambivalence toward YikYak.  I’ll also offer a few thoughts about the role gendered vulnerability plays in crafting online student activities.

 

Date: September 7, 2015

From: Kristi Burch

Subject: Turnitin Maintenance Scheduled for September 19

 

Good morning,

 

I wanted to pass along some information from Turnitin regarding a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, September 19 from 10am to 2pm. During this time, Turnitin will be unavailable.

 

Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates either before or at least several hours after the schedule maintenance window.

 

Please plan accordingly if you are using Turnitin within Moodle or via the web.

 

Thank you,

Kristi

 

Date: August 31, 2015

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Faculty Learning Communities

 

Dear Colleagues:

 

As promised, I am circulating the topics for potential Faculty Learning Communities. Click here to view the current FLC topics.  If you are interested in one of the topics listed below, please connect with the contact person. Once a group has been formed, please submit an application letter that includes a description of the proposed topic or issue to be explored, a statement of why this topic is of particular interest, a list of all faculty participants, and a description of a tentative deliverable. Please submit application letters via email to the Center for Teaching and Learning (ctl@centre.edu) by Monday, September 14.

 

As a reminder, CTL will provide support of up to $600 per FLC for a limited number of FLCs. Each FLC may appoint one or two faculty conveners who will be responsible for organizing meetings. Each convener will receive of stipend of $100. Each FLC will also receive up to $400 to purchase books and/or resources. Each FLC will be asked to produce one deliverable that is of interest to the campus community. Examples of possible deliverables include: book reviews, resource lists, annotated bibliographies, or a pedagogy luncheon.

 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Have a good afternoon!

Sarah

 

Date: August 24, 2015

From: Lisa Curlis

Subject: Ensemble Requests for Fall term

 

Hello everyone,

 

I hope you have had an enjoyable, yet productive summer.

 

If you have plans to use Ensemble during the fall term, please take a moment to fill out the request form so that I can start importing any new films into the system.  If you would like to see what is currently available in Ensemble, simply login to the system, https://video.centre.edu/centre and do a search by title. https://centre.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1QVyezQZmNCHxI1

 

To our new faculty, you might be asking yourself what is Ensemble?

 

Ensemble Video is the powerful online video platform that Centre College has adopted for video-on-demand. Faculty members can use Ensemble Video to manage and publish their own video content, and students can use it as a way to supplement course related video projects.  For Copyright Information, consult the Centre Institutional Copyright Webpage, http://copyright.centre.edu/video.

 

Let me know if you have any questions.

Lisa

Date: August 17, 2015

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Faculty Learning Communities

 

Dear Colleagues:

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to offer support for the creation of faculty learning communities. If you have an idea for a faculty learning community, please send me an email with a description of the proposed topic or issue to be explored by Friday, August 28. Please see below for more information.

 

Best,

Sarah

 

Faculty Learning Communities

 

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are small groups of faculty colleagues who meet regularly for a sustained amount of time to explore a particular topic of interest. FLCs serve to build community, enhance faculty collaboration within and across disciplines, encourage reflection about teaching and learning, and/or support the creation and application of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to provide support for FLCs on Centre College's campus. We will provide support of up to $600 per FLC for the creation of up to three FLCs. Each FLC may appoint one or two faculty conveners who will be responsible for organizing meetings. Each convener will receive of stipend of $100. Each FLC will also receive up to $400 to purchase books and resources. Each FLC will be asked to produce one deliverable that is of interest to the campus community. Examples of possible deliverables include: book reviews, resource lists, annotated bibliographies, or a pedagogy luncheon.

 

If you are interested in forming an FLC around a particular topic, please send me an email by Friday, August 28. In the email, please include a description of the proposed topic or issue to be explored.

 

To facilitate communication and alert all faculty to the FLCs being created, I will then circulate a list of submitted topics. Included with the list will be the name of the faculty member who submitted the topic. If you are interested in one of the topics proposed by a colleague, you will be asked to contact that person. An FLC proposal will then be due in early September. More information about the proposal will be included in the message with the topics of interest. Rest assured, it is relatively painless.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions about this process or about FLCs in general.

Date: July 30, 2015

From: Ellen Prusinski

Subject: Community Based Learning

 

Dear colleagues,

 

As thoughts begin to the turn to the fall semester, this is just a reminder that I am always happy to talk with you about developing community-based learning courses.  If I can help you with any aspect of CBL, such as finding community partners, developing effective reflection prompts, or assessing student learning, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  And of course, please remember that we have generous mini-grants available to help offset the costs of developing and implementing CBL courses.  (See below.)

 

If you plan to incorporate CBL into your course but don’t need any particular assistance at this point, I would be grateful if you could simply send me a sentence or two that summarizes the role of CBL in your course.  As we work to develop a fuller picture of the scope of CBL courses at Centre, your input is greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you,

Ellen

 

Community Based Learning Mini-Grants

 

Mini-grants of up to $500 for the development of community based learning courses are now available on a rolling basis. These grants are meant to provide the support necessary to transform a traditional course into a community based learning course. We are particularly interested in courses that are sustainable and will not rely upon outside funds for implementation each year.

 

Broadly speaking, community based learning (CBL) is a pedagogical approach that intentionally links what is being taught in the classroom to the surrounding communities. CBL is grounded in mutual respect and the belief that all communities have educational assets and resources that can enhance learning experiences for students. CBL gives students the opportunity to integrate hands-on work in the community with classroom readings and discussion, supports students’ ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and encourages self-reflection.

 

To apply, please submit an application letter that includes a description of the course, the course learning objectives, and a basic budget. Please submit all materials via email to ctl@centre.edu.

 

Date: July 29, 2015

From: Candace Wentz

Subject: Clickers and technology assignments for Fall term

 

Good morning Faculty,

 

I hope you are having a wonderful summer.  As you begin preparing for the Fall term, I wanted to send out a few reminders regarding instructional technology needs you might have.

 

For those of you who are planning on using clickers in your Fall term courses, please complete the online clicker reservation form.  Since we have a limited number of clickers sets, we will not be able to place a set in every technology classroom.  By completing this form, we can better accommodate your request. For more information about clickers, check out this page:  http://ctl.centre.edu/clickers.html

 

In addition, the CTL department wants to help you develop any technology assignments for your courses.  If you have an idea, but are unsure about the best approach for this, just give us a call, send an email, or stop by the CTL office. We can also help you with designing technology-related class rubrics, handouts, presentation tips and much more.  We have numerous resources available on our website to help you get started: http://ctl.centre.edu/technology-projects.html

 

If you are planning on assigning a technology project (even as an optional assignment), please let us know. We would like to sit down with you to discuss our resources and how we can best help you and your students.

 

As always, let me know if you have any questions and have a great day,

Candace

 

Date: July 17, 2015

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Register Now! Teaching, Learning and Research Conversations

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Grace Doherty Library are pleased to invite you to participate in a series of workshops and conversations about teaching, learning and research.

 

The full schedule for SPARK: Strengthening Pedagogy and Research Knowledge, being held on August 11, 12 and 13, is available here.  Please register and join us for sessions that are of interest to you.

 

Follow this link to register for SPARK sessions: https://centre.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6rIkw4NzfElRipn

 

We hope to see you in August!

 

Sincerely,

 

The CTL and Library Staff

 

Date: May 20, 2015

From: Candace Wentz

Subject: Upcoming Technology Training Workshops

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce our summer technology training workshop schedule.

Click here to view the complete schedule.

 

If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, register here.

https://centre.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eWGuOsHVBBOAhZH

 

If you have any questions, please let me know.

 

Have a great day,

Candace

 

Date: April 16, 2015

From: Ellen Prusinski

Subject: Experiential Learning Reception April 28

 

Dear members of the Centre, Danville, and Boyle County communities,

 

Thank you to those of you who have already sent an RSVP for the upcoming experiential learning reception!  For those of you who have not yet responded, we would like to remind you of this opportunity to learn more about experiential learning programs and to talk informally with other community members with shared interests.

 

A short introduction at 4:15pm will be followed by time to chat over hors d’oeuvres and beverages; please feel free to drop in as you are able.  To RSVP, please email Sara Wells at sara.wells@centre.edu.

 

We look forward to seeing you on April 28th!

 

Sincerely,

Ellen Prusinski

 

 

Date: April 8, 2015

From: Lisa Curlis

Subject: UGR Luncheon - Dr. Simon Gray, Guest Speaker

 

Dear faculty colleagues,

 

As you have certainly heard, Dr. Simon Gray from The College of Wooster will be visiting us April 29th and 30th as a special guest from the Council on Undergraduate Research.  As part of this visit, Dr. Gray will be leading a session on effective undergraduate mentoring on Thursday, April 30th at 11:20 AM in the Evans-Lively Room of Old Carnegie.  This session is a great opportunity for faculty who will be mentoring UGR experiences to learn more about how to support student learning and growth.

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning will be providing lunch to all session participants, so please RSVP by April 24th by completing the following registration form: https://centre.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_23w3eTenhYtApkF.

 

Please see below for additional details about Simon Gray and his upcoming visit.  We look forward to seeing you on April 30th!

 

Date: March 3, 2015

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: CTL Faculty Fellow

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

It is my pleasure to announce that Mary Daniels, Professor of Spanish, will be the Center for Teaching and learning Faculty Fellow for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. This pilot fellowship is intended to recognize the teaching excellence of Centre College faculty members, supplement existing CTL programs and resources, and encourage faculty exploration, study, and sharing of pedagogical approaches. Mary’s project “Understanding and Creating Desirable Difficulties in the Classroom” explores how we can help students negotiate confusion and ambiguity, in an effort to help them become independent and sophisticated thinkers.  As part of her fellowship Mary will be organizing a series of events during the 2015-16 year.

 

This project will make a valuable contribution to the teaching and learning environment at Centre College, and I’m already looking forward to next year.

 

Best,

Sarah

 

Date: February 17, 2015

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Ensemble Requests for Spring Term 2015

 

Good Afternoon,

 

Funds are available for the (re)development of courses. Please see the Course Development Funding Opportunity page more information.

 

Best,

Sarah

 

Date: January 27, 2015

From: Lisa Curlis

Subject: Ensemble Requests for Spring Term 2015

 

Hello Faculty!

 

With this being the last day of CentreTerm, I wanted to send out the link to the Ensemble Request Form.  If you have plans to use the college’s “new” video-on-demand system during the Spring Term, please take a moment to fill out the form so that I can start importing those films that are not already in the system.  Requests will be handled as they are received.

 

https://centre.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1QVyezQZmNCHxI1

 

Want to know more about Ensemble?  Visit the Ensemble page.

 

Let me know if you have any questions.

Lisa

 

Date: January 6, 2015

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: CTL Faculty Fellow: Call for Applications

 

Good Afternoon,

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce a call for applications for a Faculty Fellow for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. This pilot fellowship is intended to recognize the teaching excellence of Centre College faculty members, supplement existing CTL programs and resources, and encourage faculty exploration, study, and sharing of pedagogical approaches.

 

CTL Faculty Fellows will work on a project of their own design during the fellowship year. Projects undertaken by fellows should focus on a topic that is related to pedagogical approaches and institutional priorities, such as creative thinking, experiential learning, leadership development, quantitative literacy, interdisciplinary learning, global perspectives, or technology enhanced teaching. Projects related to creative thinking, broadly defined, are particularly encouraged and will be prioritized.

 

The CTL Faculty Fellow will receive one course release for each of the Fall and Spring terms (2 courses total). In addition, a total of $4,000 will be made available to support the activities of the fellow.

 

All full-time tenured faculty with a demonstrated commitment to student learning are encouraged to apply.

Application materials, which include a letter of intent and a letter of support from your division chair, are due to Sarah Lashley (sarah.lashley@centre.edu) by Friday, February 13.

 

More information about the fellowship and application process is available here.

 

I want to note that bringing such an opportunity to fruition has long been a goal of the college and of my mine. The idea of hosting Faculty Fellows at the college was presented in the 2008 strategic plan, and it is an idea that I find very exciting.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Best,

Sarah

 

Date: December 19, 2014

From: Lisa Curlis

Subject: CTL Changes - Equipment Reservations & Technology Set-ups

 

Here are two important system changes that we wanted the Centre Community to be aware of.

 

1st - NEW Online Equipment Reservation System

 

The time has come to replace the online equipment reservation system that has been in place since 2006, and with the help of Keith Fowlkes, the CTL would like to unveil Equipment Centre.

 

https://eventcentre.centre.edu/ec

 

Equipment Centre is similar to the system used to make room reservations across campus (EventCentre), so you will not have to learn anything new.  If you’ve never checked out equipment before, you may ask “What can be reserved using Equipment Centre?”  Clickers, Projectors, Projection Screens, Laptops & Mobile Devices, Digital Photo & Video Cameras, Tripods, Digital Voice Recorders, USB Webcams, USB Headsets, and Presentation Remotes

 

Equipment reservations for CentreTerm and Spring Term can be made using the link above; a link will also be available on the CTL website.  If you have already made equipment reservations for these terms using uReserve, the reservations have been transferred over into Equipment Centre for you.  Once you have logged into the new system, I will go in and link your reservations to your name.

 

One thing to note is that advanced reservations are no longer required, but when they are made, this ensures that all batteries are charged, and that the equipment is in working order when it is picked-up.

 

2nd - Special Events Technology Request Form

 

For events that require technology set-up, or videotaping, a new and improved Special Events Technology Request form has been created.

 

This form is located on the CTL website, but you can also access it when making your reservation through EventCentre or by bookmarking the link below:  https://centre.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eWgvHiZy8xVlCg5

 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the changes mentioned above.

 

Thanks, and have a great holiday break.

Lisa

 

Date: November 25, 2014

From: Ellen Prusinski

Subject: Community Based Learning Grants - Up to $500

 

Dear colleagues,

 

Thanks to generous support from the James Graham Brown Foundation, we have funds available to encourage the development of community based learning opportunities. If you are considering incorporating community based learning into your upcoming Centre Term or Spring classes, please see below for more information about how to apply for mini-grants of up to $500. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

 

As always, I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about these grants or about community based learning in general.

 

Best wishes and safe Thanksgiving travels,

Ellen

 

Community Based Learning Mini-Grants

 

Mini-grants of up to $500 for the development of community based learning courses are now available on a rolling basis. These grants are meant to provide the resources necessary to transform a traditional course into a community based learning course.

 

Broadly speaking, community based learning (CBL) is a pedagogical approach that intentionally links what is being taught in the classroom to the surrounding communities. CBL is grounded in mutual respect and the belief that all communities have educational assets and resources that can enhance learning experiences for students. CBL gives students the opportunity to integrate hands-on work in the community with classroom readings and discussion, supports students’ ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and encourages self-reflection.

 

To apply, please submit an application letter that includes a description of the course, the course learning objectives, and a basic budget. We are particularly interested in courses that are sustainable and will not rely upon outside funds for implementation each year. Please submit all materials via email to ctl@centre.edu.

 

Date: November 19, 2014

From: Lisa Curlis

Subject: Ensemble Requests for CentreTerm 2015

 

Hello Faculty!

 

With the end of fall term rapidly approaching, I wanted to send out the link to the Ensemble Request Form.  If you have plans to use the college’s “new” video-on-demand system during the CentreTerm, please take a moment to fill out the form so that I can start importing those films that are not already in the system.  Requests for Centre Term should be submitted no later 4pm on Friday, December 12.

 

https://centre.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1QVyezQZmNCHxI1

 

Want to know more about Ensemble?  Visit the Ensemble page:

 

Let me know if you have any questions.

Lisa

 

Date: November 18, 2014

From: Kristi Burch

Subject: Moodle: Preparing for CT and Spring Term

 

Hello Colleagues,

 

As you are winding down the fall term and considering your Moodle courses for CentreTerm and Spring Term,

please don’t forget the CTL is here to help!

 

If you are teaching two (or multiple) sections of a course and need to create a Metacourse

or need content transferred from a previous course, click HERE.

 

*For those of you unfamiliar with a metacourse, it will save you from having to duplicate all of your postings!!

If you need assistance with :

·        organizing your Moodle site

·        working with new features

·        experimenting with Moodle modules

·        exploring Moodle teaching methods

 

checkout our Moodle Knowledgebase or feel free to get in touch with me - I’m always glad to help.

 

Have a great Tuesday!

Kristi

 

Date: November 12, 2014

From: Ellen Prusinski

Subject: CTL Support for community work

 

Dear colleagues,

 

Over the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of talking with a number of you about your plans for incorporating community based learning into your CentreTerm and spring courses.  I have been energized by your thoughtful ideas and your commitment to encouraging student engagement in the community.

 

If you plan to incorporate work with the community into your upcoming classes, I would be grateful if you could send me a brief description (a sentence or two!) of the project.

 

Of course, I am more than happy to talk with you about all aspects of community based learning, including finding appropriate readings, developing effective reflection prompts, and working with community partners.  Please feel free to email or call if you would like to meet.

 

Thank you,

Ellen

 

Date: November 5, 2014

From: Candace Wentz

Subject: Centre Term/Spring Term Technology Projects & Clickers

 

Dear Faculty,

 

As students get ready to register for CentreTerm and Spring Term courses,  I wanted to send out a few reminders regarding technology needs you might have as you prepare.

 

For those of you who are planning on using clickers in your CentreTerm or Spring Term courses, please complete the online clicker reservation form.  Since we have a limited number of clickers sets, we will not be able to place a set in every technology classroom.  By completing this form, we can better accommodate your request.

 

In addition, the CTL department wants to help you develop any technology assignments for your courses.  If you have an idea, but are unsure about the best approach for this, just give us a call, send an email, or stop by the CTL office. We can also help you with designing technology-related class rubrics, handouts, presentation tips and much more.

 

We have some information available on our website for Technology-Based Projects.

 

If you are planning on assigning a technology project (even as an optional assignment), please let us know. We would like to sit down with you to discuss our resources and how we can best help you and your students.  Centre Term is our busiest time for student technology related projects and we have limited technology equipment available. If we are not aware of your class project, we may not have the equipment needed for your students.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions and have a wonderful evening,

Candace

 

Date: September 3, 2014

From: Kristi Burch

Subject: Turnitin and Moodle

 

Just a quick note regarding the use of Turnitin and Moodle. If you are using Turnitin with Moodle and your students encounter the following error message when attempting to submit an assignment, please instruct them to turn off their pop-up blocker in their web browser, refresh the page, and click on the link to accept the Turnitin user Agreement.

 

This message will appear for new users of Turnitin in Moodle, and will disappear once they have accepted the agreement once.

 

 

If you have any issues or questions, please let me know.

Thanks,

Kristi

 

Date: September 2, 2014

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: Faculty Learning Communities

 

As promised, I am circulating the topics for potential Faculty Learning Communities.  If you are interested in one of the topics listed below, please connect with the contact person. Once a group has been formed, please submit an application letter that includes a description of the proposed topic or issue to be explored, a statement of why this topic is of particular interest, a list of all faculty participants, and a description of a tentative deliverable. Please submit application letters via email to the Center for Teaching and Learning (ctl@centre.edu) by Monday, September 15.

 

As a reminder, CTL will provide support of up to $600 per FLC for a limited number of FLCs. Each FLC may appoint one or two faculty conveners who will be responsible for organizing meetings. Each convener will receive of stipend of $100. Each FLC will also receive up to $400 to purchase books and/or resources. Each FLC will be asked to produce one deliverable that is of interest to the campus community. Examples of possible deliverables include: book reviews, resource lists, annotated bibliographies, or a pedagogy luncheon.

 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Have a good afternoon!

 

Sarah

 

Topic: Developing Students’ Empathetic Understandings of Marginalized People

Contact: Robyn Cutright

Colleagues are interested in exploring interdisciplinary pedagogies for guiding students toward an empathetic understanding of

marginalized people, as a starting point for critical analysis. This kind of understanding is often fostered successfully through experiential

learning, such as study abroad or community-based learning—but can be more of a struggle in more traditional classroom formats. But

sometimes, we need to teach such concepts in traditional classrooms!

 

Topic: Putting the "H" Back in STEM

Contacts: Jay Bloom and Amy Frederick

Liberal arts education in general and the humanities in particular find themselves in yet another moment of "crisis." Despite this, evidence

pointing to the utility of majoring in humanistic disciplines abounds. In this FLC, we wish to move beyond the abstract defense of the

humanities to examine more tangible and constructive methods of representing our work: how might we render the viability and

practicality of humanities majors more transparent to our students and the public at large? We will be using Humanities in the Twenty-first

Century: Beyond Utility and Markets to loosely structure our conversations.

 

Topic: Writing Accountability

Contact: Danielle LaLonde

The purpose of this group is to help faculty accomplish their writing goals through weekly meetings. Each member of the group gets 15

minutes to discuss progress on writing goals and problems or successes with meeting those goals and then establishing new goals for

the following week. This would require an 1 hour a week time commitment. In addition to providing accountability and support for the

often challenging process of writing, this group will allow us to share our research interests with our colleagues in a casual setting and

engage in interdisciplinary discourse.

 

 

Topic: Community-Based Learning

Contact: Ellen Prusinski

The purpose of this group is to explore questions about reciprocity with community partners, the role of reflection, encouraging civic

engagement, and other relevant topics of discussion. It is hoped that this group may be a space for faculty who have already

incorporated CBL into their classroom to reflect on their experience, as well as for faculty who are considering trying CBL to delve into

some essential topics.

Date: August 28, 2014

From: Kristi Burch

Subject: CTL Open House

 

What: CTL OPEN HOUSE

Where: CTL (Basement of Crounse)

When: Tuesday, September 9th from 3:30 – 5pm

Why: Good Question!

 

Since many of you have seen us last, and for those of you who are new to Centre, the CTL has made some significant changes and improvements to both our environment and our personnel.

Here are the top 5 reasons you might want to show up to our Open House:

 

1.       We’ll have FREE FOOD!!

2.       We have a new and improved Faculty Resource Center.

3.       Our Media Lab had a complete makeover.

4.       We have additional smiling faces in the CTL.

5.       You might just win a copy of Mary Daniels’ new book!

 

 

We hope to see you all here!

 

Welcome Back

 

Date: August 27, 2014

From: Kristi Burch

Subject: Ensemble off-campus access

 

Hello Friends,

 

Thank you for your patience as we worked out a few final details with our switch from VBrick to Ensemble for our Video-On-Demand service.

As of this morning, Ensemble is accessible both on campus and off. Students, and those of you who are interested in watching “Ghosts of Mississippi” should now be able to do so from home.

 

The direct path to access Ensemble is https://video.centre.edu

 

It is also accessible from the CTL website: ctl.centre.edu and the Library website: library.centre.edu

 

If you have any issues or questions, please contact us here in the CTL and we’ll be happy to assist.

 

Note: Not all of the films that were in VBrick have been transferred to Ensemble… YET. We’re working hard to get those over to the new system.

 

Thank you,

Kristi

Date: August 7, 2014

From: Kristi Burch

Subject: Ensemble Demonstration and Training (Replacement to VBrick)

 

Hello Everyone,

 

The time has come. I hope your summers have been productive, enjoyable, and restorative.

 

Our new campus video on-demand system is in its final stages of completion. You may remember an email I sent earlier this summer regarding a replacement to VBrick, well we have done it! The new system is called Ensemble, and I’m sure you will find it a refreshing change.

 

Please come join us next Friday, August 15th  from 9:30 -11am  in Young 201 for a Demonstration and Training session on the new system.

Learn some of the new features this system will offer, how to navigate the system, and general procedures for requesting films, viewing films, and incorporating films into your Moodle courses. The final 30 minutes of the session will be dedicated toward individuals interested in recording and uploading/managing their own content for course purposes.

 

Please take a moment and register below.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon!

https://centre.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6FIYfHt2ioslU7b

 

Kristi Burch


Date: July 24, 2014

From: Candace Wentz

Subject: Clickers and Technology assignments for Fall term?

 

Good morning Faculty,

 

I hope you are having a wonderful summer.  As you begin preparing for the Fall term, I wanted to send out a few reminders regarding clickers and technology assignments.

 

First, for those of you who are planning on using clickers in your Fall term courses, please complete the online clicker reservation form.  Since we have a limited number of clickers sets, we will not be able to place a set in every technology classroom.  By completing this form, we can better accommodate your request.

Second, if you are assigning a technology-based assignment in your course, please let us know.  If you have an idea, but are unsure about the best approach for this, just give us a call, send an email, or stop by the CTL office. We can also help you with designing technology-related class rubrics, handouts, presentation tips and much more.

 

We have information available on our website on Technology-Based Projects.

 

If you are planning on assigning a technology project (even as an optional assignment), please let us know. We would like to sit down with you to discuss our resources and how we can best help you and your students.

 

As always, let me know if you have any questions.

 

Have a great day,

Candace


Date: July 15, 2014

From: Sarah Lashley

Subject: 2014 SPARK

 

Dear Faculty,

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Grace Doherty Library are pleased to invite you to participate in a series of workshops and conversations about teaching, learning and research.

 

The full schedule of events for SPARK: Strengthening Pedagogy and Research Knowledge, being held on August 13 and 14, is available here.  Please register and join us for the events that are of interest to you.

 

Register now to attend SPARK

 

We hope to see you in August!

 

Sincerely,

 

The CTL and Library Staff


Date: June 18, 2014

From: Kristi Burch

Subject: Replacement to VBrick

 

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your summer so far. Before time slips away from me, I want to share some exciting information with you. After much research and testing, we have made a decision to change our provider for our Video-on-Demand service. Many of you have used and experienced the VBrick system we’ve had here for many years and will be thrilled to know that our new system, Ensemble Video is much improved -that might be an understatement.

 

Ensemble Video will serve as Centre’s Video-on-Demand service, offering Moodle course integration, flexibility and availability in terms of device type and location (works on Mac, PC, iOS, Android, all browsers, AND off-campus), and Active Directory integration (users can login with their Centre IDs).

 

Over the course of the summer, we will be migrating our current database of videos from VBrick to Ensemble, so films previously requested to be imported to VBrick will automatically be added to Ensemble and won’t need to be requested again.

The process for requested films to be imported into the new system will be similar to the previous process. Lisa Curlis can be contacted via email, phone, or in-person. She will also have a form that may be filled out for import requests prior to the start of each semester.

 

The CTL will be offering a demonstration to introduce users to the new Ensemble platform and features on August 15th from 9:30 – 11am.

Please stay tuned for additional information and registration for this event.

 

Additionally, when the new server is available, we will notify you and offer connection information.

Thanks,

Kristi Burch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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