Events in the Center for Faculty Excellence THIS WEEK

10/05/2012

Contributed by Wade Pickren

The Center for Faculty Excellence is pleased to announce the following events for the week of October 8, 2012:

FACULTY SHOW AND SHARE
Friending Your Textbook: Using Social Networks to get Students to Read and Analyze Text and Video
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
4:00 p.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, Gannett Center 316
Light refreshments provided.

Presented by John Barr, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science.

This workshop introduces Classroom Salon, a web site that is part electronic textbook (think kindle) and part social network (think facebook). The goal is to leverage student’s familiarity with social networks to get them to engage in conversations around documents such as textbooks. In Classroom Salon instructors form students into social groups, called salons, and introduce documents, text, and videos into the salons. Students then cooperate in highlighting, annotating, and discussing (but not editing) the text/video and cooperatively answer questions about the it. Classroom Salon also contains analytical tools that help instructors determine how much students are participating. Though there are some similarities to blogs and wikis and web sites such as Pizzaza, Classroom Salon provides a much richer and more focused experience, as we’ll see in the workshop.

Registration is encouraged, but not necessary.
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USING THE OUTDOORS AS YOUR CLASSROOM: HOW AND WHAT TO TEACH IN THE FIELD
Thursday, October 11, 2012
4:00 p.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, Gannett Center 316 (with subsequent events in other places)
Light refreshments provided.

Led by Jake Brenner
Faculty Manager, Ithaca College Natural Lands

Ithaca College has more than 400 acres of natural lands (ICNL) within walking distance of the built campus. All of this land is at your disposal for teaching your courses. In light of calls across higher education for active inquiry, experiential learning, and learning by doing, not to mention the IC 20/20 imperatives for place-based curriculum and interdisciplinary integration, there has never been a better time to consider taking your students outside.

This series of events will begin with a general introduction to ICNL (indoors) by faculty and students who use these lands. We will present maps, projects, and current courses that use ICNL. This general introduction will be followed at a later date by a more focused workshop on field teaching techniques and strategies. The primary objective of these events is to reach out to faculty OUTSIDE the usual departments (ENVS, BIOL, et al.) that might have an interest in field teaching but minimal experience. We also welcome faculty who are ignorant (or even doubtful) about the relevance of the outdoors to their subject matter. We will strive to find a meaningful teaching and learning experience for everyone who attends!

Registration is encouraged, but not necessary.
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