Technology and Intercampus Teaching Expand Networks, Opportunities
Although technology can require a learning curve and at times bring us to new levels of frustration, it inarguably yields significant benefits. That sentiment holds true for the use of instructional technology as it relates to intercampus teaching. While there are hurdles to overcome, its successful use can mean better opportunities for students and faculty without straining current institutional resources.
Rebecca Frost Davis, director of instructional and emerging technology at St. Edward's University, enjoyed her career as a professor of Classical Studies, but she finds her work in instructional technology exciting because she gets to work across disciplines rather than focusing in one area. Davis has worked with emerging technologies since she finished graduate school, serving as assistant director for instructional technology at the Associated Colleges of the South Technology Center and teaching within and helping to coordinate the virtual classics department of Sunoikisis, a national classics consortium. Davis then began work as a research fellow on intercampus teaching (which she continues) with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) before joining St. Edward’s last summer. Read more
College Scorecards and the Liberal Arts: Huffington Post blog by University of Evansville President Tom Kazee
Dr. Kazee began: President Obama's proposal to create a college scorecard -- a scorecard that might be used to determine institutional eligibility for federal financial support -- has elicited an overwhelmingly negative response from the higher education community, especially small, independent, non-profit institutions. Read more
Valparaiso University Selects Next Provost
Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., will join Valparaiso University as incoming provost and executive vice president for academic affairs effective July 1, 2014. In his role, Biermann will be responsible for leadership and oversight of the University’s academic programs as well as student affairs, including campus ministries, international programs, and diversity initiatives. Read more
Samford University: Call for Proposals: "Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition: Augustine Across the Curriculum," Birmingham, AL, October 2-4, 2014
Samford University has announced its inaugural conference on "Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition." Supported by funding from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, this biennial conference is designed to provide an opportunity for scholars from across the disciplines to share ideas about teaching Christianity’s rich intellectual heritage to today’s under-graduates. The 2014 conference will focus on Augustine and will feature plenary speakers Peter Kaufman (University of Richmond) and Kristen Deede Johnson (Western Theological Seminary).
Specialists and non-specialists are invited to submit proposals; however, proposals should be designed with the non-specialist in mind and should directly address how to incorporate Augustine in the classroom. Proposals that demonstrate the interdisciplinary connections in Augustine’s work are strongly encouraged. The deadline for proposals is May 16, 2014. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by June 15, 2014. For more information on how to apply, please visit the Samford site.
Under a Microsope: Examining How We Can Promote Diversity in STEM
Approximately 30 percent of Americans are black, Latino, or Native American, as are nearly 30 percent of freshmen STEM students. But at graduation, the seats are filled with only 17 percent of the same minority groups. Dr. David Asai, senior director of the undergraduate and graduate science education program at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, MD, spends much time thinking about this conundrum.
Asai believes that it could be that the way science is taught fails to engage all students.
“We who teach science need to make sure that all students are learning,” he said. “Three hours of lectures a week might not be reaching all students.”
While the data show that students who leave STEM go on to successfully graduate in other disciplines, the lack of these minorities is hindering science. Because science is so collaborative, Asai noted, it’s important to have diversity among working groups because that fosters looking at problems from various points of view. Read more.
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NAC&U Announces Speakers for 2014 Summer Institute
NAC&U will hosts its annual Summer Institute at the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, on June 25 - 27, 2014. We are proud to announce that this year’s speakers will be Edward L. Ayers, president of the University of Richmond and a noted historian and author; Robin Heyden, an educational consultant and blogger of how new media tools affect education; and David Asai, senior director of science education programs at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The theme is ‘Creating Community through Collaboration,’ and the focus will be NAC&U’s new initiative to provide new opportunities for students and faculty through collaboration among members. The New American Academic Community is a creative and innovative way to realize the promise of consortial collaboration – which is often aspired to in the abstract but seldom realized in practice.
NAAC’s operational assumption that “my student is your student” is the key to its success, for it enables members to leverage their collective assets to the benefit of all students – and thus all institutions. The Summer Institute will explore possibilities to enhance the educational experience through collaboration among NAC&U members, with campuses, and between campuses and their communities. Presentations may describe existing projects or may engage conference participants in working sessions to develop new ideas for collaboration. Read more.
NAC&U Launches Online Course Inventory
How can NAC&U students explore the function of leaders as coaches and mentors, brush up on business communications and writing, and learn more about cybercrime? NAC&U is proud to announce its online course inventory, providing students with many opportunities to build unique educational experiences that help them achieve their goals. Courses are available in the following disciplines: art and music, business and finance, communications and marketing, criminal justice, education, humanities, math and science, social sciences and theology. Please be sure to read the online course principles before applying with the online registration form.
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