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CFP -Interdisciplinary Research, Education, and Communication: Call for papers and Invited Sessions Proposals. Submission Deadline: April 11th, 2012

Call for papers and Invited Sessions Proposals. Submission Deadline: April 11th, 2012

Special Track on Interdisciplinary Research, Education, and Communication Summer IDREC 2012 (

Jointly with The Summer 2nd International Conference on Design and Modeling in Science, Education, and Technology: DeMset 2012 (

July 17th - 20th, 2012 - Orlando, Florida, USA
Non exclusionary Suggested topics

   Case Studies in the Integration of Academic Activities
   Case Studies in the Integration of Inter-disciplinary Research, Education, and communication
   Case Studies in Applying IDREC to Real Life Problem solving
   Inter-Disciplinary Research
   Inter-Disciplinary Education
   Inter-Disciplinary Communication (which includes the communication of disciplinary research to other disciplines)
   Relationships between Inter-disciplinary Research and Inter-disciplinary Education
   Relationships between Inter-disciplinary Research and Inter-disciplinary Communication
   Relationships between Inter-disciplinary Education and Inter-disciplinary Communication
   ICT support of IDREC
   Relationships between IDREC and Analogical thinking and/or Creative Thinking

Kinds of Submissions
Submissions will be accepted regarding *THINKING* about and/or *DOING* Inter-disciplinary Research, Education, and/or Communications, as well as regarding their relationships with analogical learning, creativity, and the ways in which ICT might or actually does support them. In this context, *CASE STUDIES* as well as general theories, methodologies, reflections might be the content of submissions to be made to Summer IDREC 2012. DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH may also be submitted as long as at least a 25% of its content is written for INTER-DISCIPLINARY COMMUNICATION.

Technical Keynote Speakers
Technical keynote speakers will be selected from early submissions because the CV of the presenting author will need to be evaluated as well. To be a candidate to participate as a keynote speaker, please send your CV to, AFTER you have already submitted your paper.

Thank you for your time

Special Track IDREC 2012 Co-Organizers


Register Now for 2012 ACRL Spring Virtual Institute

Registration is now open for the 2012 ACRL Spring Virtual Institute, Extending Reach, Proving Value: Collaborations Strengthen Communities. Held April 18-19, the 2012 ACRL Spring Virtual Institute unites all types of librarians around the mutual cause of reaching out to our constituencies. Whether they support faculty scholarship and student learning, facilitate connectedness and foster literacy in a town, or reach out online, all libraries operate in the context of a community. The institute will examine how libraries are capitalizing on community collaborations.

Keynote speaker John G. Palfrey Jr., Henry N. Ess III professor of law and vice dean for library and information resources at the Harvard Law School, will open the institute on April 18 with a discussion on the Digital Public Library of America, an innovative and broad example of collaboration among many stakeholders and libraries. Palfry is the co-author of Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives (Basic Books, 2008) and Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Internet Filtering (MIT Press, 2008).

The institute features a series of live webcasts allowing for real-time interactions with presenters and colleagues. You won't want to miss this year's offerings including:
  • "Out of the Stacks and Into the Clubs: Student Organizations, Liaisons, and Library Outreach & Instruction"
  • "Concerts and Dances in an Library? An Undergraduate Library as Campus Cultural Space'
  • "The Missing Piece: Providing Outreach and Services to Staff Members"
  • "eScience Initiatives in Higher Education: International Perspective"
  • "Proactively Preventing Plagiarism: How a Library Workshop Affects the Campus Culture"
  • "Doing and Teaching History at The New York Public Library"
Lightning talks are five-to-eight minute asynchronous narrated presentations. These lively sessions feature:
  • "The Art of Library Collaborations: Archives and Documentaries"  
  • "See it, hear it: When Oral Histories and Art Collide"
  • "Campus-wide Collaboration Through an iPad Users Group"
  • "Collaboration with Study Abroad Programs: Extending, Proving, and Strengthening the Academic Library"
  • "Information Literacy Inside: Bringing the Research Experience to Students in a Correctional Facility"
Registration materials, along with information on group rates, are available on the institute website. Don't miss this opportunity to explore new models of successful campus and community collaboration! Contact Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522 with questions about the institute.


YouTube Video Lectures - Flipping the Classroom

To engage students we need to deliver academic content in new ways. For the past couple of years I've been replacing my face-to-face lectures with online videos. The students love them and it gives us more time in class to discuss and apply what is being learned.


March 2012 News from The National Teaching & Learning FORUM

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The National Teaching & Learning FORUM E-Mail Newsletter
Ideas in Contexts
March 2012 

Hello and welcome to the March edition of The National Teaching & Learning FORUM's free, occasional, e-mail newsletter. The new issue of the FORUM is on its way to subscribers and a free sample story is posted at in the hope that you'll be inspired to subscribe to the publication and benefit from all the excellent articles each issue contains.
Our sample story is on Contemplative Pedagogy. It's part one of a two-part article. 

Bring an Inspiring Speaker to Your Campus
Your faculty deserve to know how deeply society values and has always valued the calling they've answered. James Rhem's presentation on "The Teacher in the Movies" demonstrates in detail just how deeply the archetype of the teacher figures and has always figured in our cultural values. Rhem's presentation - filled with video clips from films from 1939 to the present -- has been welcomed and praised on campuses across the country.   

Consider inviting the Executive Editor of  
The National Teaching & Learning FORUM to your campus.

James has also been an effective speaker and workshop leader on a variety of other important topics. He recently returned from giving presentations and workshops on peer observation, effective teaching, critical thinking, and life-long learning at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Additionally, he's also spoken on the growing importance of understanding the connections between affect and cognition in teaching and learning as revealed by current neurobiological research - a favorite topic.

Contact James Rhem at JRHEM@CHORUS.NET 

Write for the FORUM
Have you considered writing an article for the FORUM? Perhaps you should!
The Forum encourages submissions on any aspect of college teaching and learning. The ideal article falls within a 1500 word limit and, following Thomas Sprat's praise of the Royal Society, holds to a style of writing that reflects a "close, naked, natural way of speaking."

Normally, articles come from faculty, but other voices, including student voices, are welcome.

Also, the symbiosis between our printed edition and our website creates rich opportunities for posting ancillary materials to accompany submissions.
Submit manuscripts to James Rhem at 2203 Regent Street, Suite B, Madison, WI 53726 or via email at


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Contemplative Pedagogy 
* Contemplative Pedagogy - Part 1, James Rhem, Executive Editor, p. 1. Pausing, taking time to think as whole beings as part of teaching and learning, allowing the whole picture to begin to form, this is the aim of contemplative pedagogies.
* STUDENTS, The Twitter Generation: Teaching Deferred Gratification to College Students, Patty O'Grady, Ph.D., University of Tampa, p. 6. Attention spans can be trained, perhaps even educated.
* PROFILE: Brian Coppola - Lifelong Teacher,p. 8. A $250,00 award for excellence in teaching seems unheard of, but Baylor gives one. Meet this year's recipient.
* TECHPED: Online Homework Systems: Learning Differently,p. 9. Michael L. Rodgers, Southeast Missouri State University and Tim Wilson, Pearson Higher Education, Digital innovation is transforming aspects of teaching in every quarter, but some processes that shouldn't be lost may be. What about "showing your work"?
* AD REM . . .: Can a Group Be an Individual?, Marilla Svinicki, University of Texas at Austin, p. 12. When is a group like an individual simply wanting to learn what it can, and when is it a team bent on winning? What environmental cues might tip the scale toward learning even while harnessing the power of the team?

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