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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

TLT Group Inc. TGIF -- It’s Midterm for sMOOChers and more about Social Collaboration

Twenty second issue, Volume Five

TLT Group TGIF 10.24.2012           
From TLT Group World Headquarters
TLT Group Institutional Subscribers Did You Know!

One of the TLT Group’s newest subscribing colleges asked us to register the entire faculty and staff as individual TLT Group members.  This Institution set a new precedent by taking advantage of a long-standing institutional subscription benefit in a new way.  Every individual affiliated with a TLT Group  institutional subscriber is entitled to a FREE individual membership for the duration of that subscription.  We’ll be working with this institution to develop new ways to use our services and resources to support the college’s faculty and professional development goals.
More from the TLT-SWG Blog:

20+ good higher ed Social Media/Networking Tools/Resources from TLTGroup online free FridayLive! Oct19 #TLTGfrlv

Online Workshops
NEW FOR November!!!
20+ good higher ed Social Media/Networking Tools/Resources from TLTGroup Dates and times to follow.

Silver Cloud  - Revisioning and Supporting Retirement Transitions
“...what I really wish someone had told me.”  Look for new dates and times to come

Demysifying Accreditation
Look for new dates and times to come
sMOOChers Mid-Term Update - What are we learning from participating in the MOOC “Current/Future State of Higher Education” [CFHE12]
FridayLive! Free online Oct26 2pm ET.  online Free Register in advance

Dale Parker will summarize and evaluate our 3 categories for reflection as we participate in CFHE12 and comment on implications for adult learners:

  • Process:  Reflection about Experience(about our shared experience in a MOOC as it happens - focus on process)
  • Content:  Adaptation and Application of Resources (to our own institutions and individual situations of the information and resources provided by the MOOC - focus on content)
  • Support:  Develop New Roles (to help students learn from MOOCs)

Nancy Smulsky will review and extend her comments about the quality and variety of resources within CFHE12, the effectiveness (or lack) of interactivities within CFHE12, and the significance of being unable to view/use MOOC resources prior to the week for which they are designated.  

Jane Harris will be unable to join us live on Oct 26, but will share some of her notes and list of recommended readings based on her experience within CFHE12 (and elsewhere).

Steve Gilbert will invite more discussion about the role of scheduled synchronous events within MOOCs and other online educational activities.  He will ask participants about their own experiences with synchronous online elements within larger courses, MOOCs, programs, including these and other questions:

·  In what ways are scheduled synchronous online sessions helpful to learners who prefer or need more external structure and guidance for their own learning, even when those learners are highly motivated to master the course content?  In what ways does  it matter, if at all, if the synchronous sessions are required, recommended, or purely optional?
  • In what ways do scheduled synchronous online sessions deter learners who prefer or need flexible schedules from participating in online courses, MOOCs, et al. ?  In what ways does it matter, if at all, if the synchronous sessions are required, recommended, or purely optional?
  • In what ways does it matter, if at all,  which media are used and which kinds of equipment are required for synchronous sessions?  Pure text?  Multi-way voice via telephone?  Webinar?  Two-way video?  Etc.

We will also discuss additional plans and questions to enhance our participation in the last weeks of CFHE12 and guide our preparation of final comments during FridayLive!  November 30, 2012.  NOTE:  Jane Marcus offered to prepare some notes and comments - based on her recent observations of MOOC-like developments at Stanford and elsewhere -  in time for the final session.

3 Generations View of Improving Teaching, Learning...with Technology

with Derek Bruf, Milt Cox, Stephen Kaufman,&  Timothy Lomardo FridayLive! Free online Nov2 2pm ET online Free Register in advance
Is higher education changing too fast or too slowly?  In the past few decades, higher education has often been criticized for changing too fast AND for changing too slowly.  Is Charles Dickens always right?  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This multi-generational panel will focus on the past, present, and future of ho
we teach, how we learn, and how faculty members adapt. We’ll try to “clothe the emperor”
 sMOOCHer Week Three is underway
join our sMOOChers forum as we talk together and make sense of this whole MOOC thing. Use Twitter hashtag #tltgSMOOCHERS

This is a great video of Martin Weller interviewing Dave Cormier and George Siemens on  MOOCs.  I highly recommend it.

sMOOChers  Smart MOOCs Higher Education Research Subgroup
October 8 -November 18 2012
PLUS FridayLive! follow ups on October 12, 26. and November 30th 1:00-2:00 pm EDT  
This workshop is free to TLT Group Individual Members. Click here to register and stay up-to-date with MOOC related discussions and events. Our online MOOC exploration will focus on this MOOC “Current/Future State of Higher Education” (CFHE12). “The course starts October 8, 2012.” You will need to register separately by following this link.
Twitter hash tag:  #tltgSMOOCHERS
Encourage. Enable. Engage.



Academic Impressions Programs: Instructional Strategies for Blended Learning & Institutional Readiness for Implementing Blended Learning



Join us for these upcoming programs designed to help improve your approach to blended learning. Register for both and save $50!
December 6, 2012 :: Online Webcast Overview | Pricing & Registration
Learn strategies for teaching successfully in blended courses and effective practices for engaging your students.
Join us online to learn key strategies for teaching successfully in blended courses and effective practices for engaging your students. Our expert instructor will share examples of courses that demonstrate effective student engagement and sound instructional practices in a blended format.
View the complete agenda.

January 17, 2013 :: Online Webcast Overview | Pricing & Registration
From administrative considerations to assessment and advising - learn how to successfully deploy blended courses.
In order to successfully launch a blended learning initiative, institutions must have several components in place: a blended (re)design faculty development program, technical support of instructional technologies, and a sound institutional implementation plan. Join our expert instructor online to learn how to address each of these critical components and others.
View the complete agenda.

Register online for one or both programs, or call 720.488.6800. There is a $50 discount when you purchase both webcasts.
Want to share this valuable information with your colleagues? Register your institution for a single site connection and an unlimited number of people can participate.
You can also add these events to your training library by purchasing a CD recording of the live webcast and a bound set of the presentation materials.
Questions? Call us to help determine if these events are right for you.

View our event calendar to see all upcoming events.
ACADEMIC IMPRESSIONS - 4601 DTC Blvd., Suite 800, Denver, Colorado 80237

NYU Dillard Xavier FRN Symposium November 2012

     If you are interested in attending the symposium, please complete the registration and send and/or bring to Academic Affairs.

Faculty Resource Network National Symposium
New Faces, New Expectations
November 16-17, 2012
New Orleans, LA
Hosted by Dillard University and Xavier University


Faculty members are also invited  to a special workshop that will be convened on Friday, November 16, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Kabacoff Room at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans Hotel. The workshop, focusing on The Practice of Critical and Creative Thinking, will be convened by Professor Robert DiYanni of New York University, and is free to all symposium participants. A description of this session is included below. 


This workshop is designed to introduce the intertwined concepts of critical and creative thinking.  It is premised on the notion that critical and creative thinking ought to be married not divorced, explored and taught together rather than riven apart.  Without laboring too hard over definitions, we will investigate aspects of thinking through a series of hands-on exercises and activities—logical and lateral, critical and creative—higher order thinking in practice.


We will engage with texts that cross the curriculum—including verbal and visual and numerical examples.  Our goal will be to think together about thinking—how to improve our own higher order thinking capacities, and how to help our students develop their critical and creative thinking skills.


About Dr. DiYanni:

Dr. Robert DiYanni is senior lecturer in expository writing and adjunct professor of humanities at New York University, where he has worked for the past decade.  He holds a B.A. in English from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in English language and literature from the City University of New York.  He has taught writing, English and humanities at Queens College (CUNY), Pace University, Harvard University, and NYU, where he teaches courses in expository writing, literature, interdisciplinary humanities, and critical/creative thinking.  Dr. DiYanni has written and edited forty books, most of them texts for college students.  His most recent books include Arts and Culture:An Introduction to the Humanities, The Humanities Handbook, Da Vinci Thinking, and New Thinking.  In the works are two additional thinking books: Ways of Thinking and Disciplined Thinking.  He has given workshops and conference presentations for secondary teachers and college professors in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and East Asia.  He also serves as director of arts and aesthetic education for the Scarsdale (New York) public schools


On Saturday, November 17, 2012, the Conference will be held at DU.  Dr. Kimbrough will be welcoming the group on Saturday.


I have attached the current short program which includes the titles of presentations, a symposium description, and a registration form, which may be returned to our office either electronically or by fax.


Thanks in advance for your very kind assistance - hoping to receive some registrations soon.





Anne L. Ward
Assistant Director
Office of Faculty Resources
Faculty Resource Network
New York University
194 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012
P: 212.998.2351
F: 212.995.4101


TLT Group FridayLive! FREE Webinar: October 26th & November 2nd, 2012

sessions for the next two weeks promise to be very engaging.  Both of them have "Clothing the Emperor" as one focus.  We hope you will join us.


FridayLive! Oct 26, 2012
2:00-3:00 pm ET - free to all

sMOOChers Mid-Term Update - What are we learning from participating in the MOOC “Current/Future State of Higher Education” [CFHE12]
Presenters: Dale Parker, Nancy Smulsky, Steve Gilbert and others from the cohort.

We'll review what we've learned about experiencing MOOCs and continue to examine how best to use them. 
One unexpected and intriguing question about the MOOC experience is "What difference does synchronicity have?  For which participants?"



November 2, 2012 
2:00-3:00 pm ET - free to all.

3 Generations: Teaching, Learning, Faculty Development
Milt Cox, Derek Bruff, and App Guys Steve Kaufman & Tim Lombardo

Is higher education changing too fast or too slowly?  In the past few decades, higher education has often been criticized for changing too fast AND for changing too slowly.  Is Charles Dickens always right?  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

This multi-generational panel will focus on the past, present, and future of how we teach, how we learn, and how faculty members adapt. We’ll try to “clothe the emperor”


As always, we welcome your attendance and your participation.

Register here.

Our policy is that Individual Members have access to archives of TLT Group events.


Innovative Educators Webinar: Reflective Judgment: Teaching Students To Think Critically In A Time Of Information Overload


Tuesday, November 27 ~ 1:00-2:30pm EST  
Free Resources
Webinar Overview
Each day, Google users perform more than 2.9 billion searches. Wikipedia claims over 10 million articles in 253 languages. Today's students have greater access to information than ever before. As Keeling (2004) articulated in Learning Reconsidered: A Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience, "...knowledge is no longer a scarce - or stable - commodity. (It) is changing so rapidly that specific information may become obsolete before a student graduates and has the opportunity to apply it."

And while this vast quantity of often conflicting information should make students less confident in what they know and believe, it seems often to have the opposite effect. For many college students, highly dubious information passes as truth based only on the credibility of the Internet or some other source they believe to be authoritative. Most students lack the skills to evaluate the claims of these sources.

Despite decades of research, few teachers or practitioners can claim mastery in eliciting critical thinking or reflective judgment in others. This session will provide practical, hands-on activities to help participants gain the skills they need to enhance their own critical thinking and reflective judgment in order to improve these skills in their students in a variety of contexts.
Webinar Objectives
Participants will be able to:
  • Appreciate the value of reflective judgment as a learning outcome
  • Understand the role of educators in helping students to develop reflective judgment
  • Express improved confidence in their own critical thinking and reflective judgment
  • Articulate strategies for creating/adapting programs which promote reflective judgment
  • Identify methods of measuring/assessing reflective judgment
Webinar Speaker     

Dr. Adam Peck serves as the Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in Nacogdoches, Texas. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the graduate program for Student Affairs and in the department of Communication and Contemporary Culture at SFA. He has worked in higher education for over seventeen years. Adam writes and speaks frequently on topics as varied as cultivating creativity, critical thinking, and assessment methodologies.
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