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Monday, November 12, 2012

Recommendations on Classroom Architecture for Learning

Some great resources on innovative and effective learning spaces, from my POD listserv:
EDUCAUSE (‘Learning Spaces’ ebook)
A wonderful resource for creative ideas about how to use space to improve learning, teaching, and student engagement.

EDUCAUSE (general resources) ECUCAUSE resources and library on technology-enhanced classrooms.

JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) resources on designing spaces for effective learning.
North Carolina St. LITRE“Learning in a Technology-Rich Environment” (LITRE) is an empirical research program aimed at enhancing the extensive learning with technology opportunities available at North Carolina State University.” Great resources, includes a student learning tool kit and a technology practices directory.
Make Space (John Wiley & Sons, 2012)“Make Space (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) is a new book based on the work at the Stanford University and its Environments Collaborative Initiative. It is a tool for helping people intentionally manipulate space to ignite creativity.” Includes tips and tools, situations and scenarios, insights, space case studies, and a design template – an approach that embraces creativity, flexibility, and collaboration.


Call for Abstracts to the University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference

from my ISSoTL listserv:

Call for abstracts to the University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching conference
Sixth Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference
Friday 19th April 2013
The conference is open to all members of the University community with an interest in learning and teaching, and to a number of external contributors and participants.
The conference will focus particularly on the following themes:
  • Broadening students’ educational experiences
  • Using assessment to support student learning
  • Harnessing technology for effective learning
  • Education for sustainable development in our curricula
  • Making it work – overcoming real challenges from practice
Call for abstracts:
The conference will comprise a mixture of presentations (30 minutes) and interactive workshops (60 minutes); online at:
All abstracts should address at least one of the above themes, and selection will be based on the following criteria:
  • breadth of interest to the community
  • links to the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy [not for external contributions]
Please submit your abstracts by 30th November 2012. As with the 2012 conference, successful abstracts will be published in the Proceedings in booklet and online formats.

Registration will open early in the New Year, when the full programme will be announced. Full details will also be published on the website.


The SoTL Commons: A Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning March 27-29, 2013 Georgia Southern University Savannah, GA, USA

The SoTL Commons: A Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning March 27-29, 2013 Georgia Southern University Savannah, GA, USA

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CTLS) will host the 6th annual “The SoTL Commons” conference in Savannah, Georgia. The conference brings together people engaging in SoTL and anyone wanting to improve student learning outcomes in higher education today. The conference epitomizes that college teaching is intellectual work that is enhanced both by disciplinary scholarship and the scholarship on teaching the disciplines (SoTL). The SoTL Commons Conference is a catalyst for learning, conversations and collaborations about SoTL as a key, evidence-based way to improve student learning.
Keynote and Featured Speakers
The keynote speakers will be Dan Bernstein (University of Kansas), Lynn Taylor (University of Calgary) and Brian Coppola (University of Michigan).
The SoTL Commons Logo: The Nautilus
The logo for the conference is the chambered nautilus shell. The self-propelling nautilus grows chamber by chamber, each one larger than the previous one, in an unfolding spiral as it develops steadily over time. The shell's elegant trajectory opens outward and its dynamic design is like the persevering, quiet movement of SoTL through the currents of teaching and learning. The SoTL Commons Conference aspires to be a growing, spiraling, lively catalyst for the international momentum of SoTL, encouraging the opening up and opening out of teaching and how students best learn into public conversations and collaborations. The spiraling pattern of the nautilus is found throughout nature. The conference is simply, but importantly, one swirl in the overall SoTL spiraling transformation of the nature of teaching and academic culture.
Companion to the SoTL Commons Conference: IJSoTL
A SoTL companion to “The SoTL Commons Conference” is the open access, peer-reviewed eJournal, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, published by the CTLS at Georgia Southern University.



UCD CFD Blog Faculty Development: Colleges Must Help Prepare Students for Colleges Must Help Prepare Students for
higher education, pedagogy

Colleges Must Help Prepare Students for Higher Education, Report Says

In today’s Chronicle –
Colleges Must Help Prepare Students for Higher Education, Report Says
by Eric Kelderman
If colleges want more of their students to be ready for the academic challenges of higher education, then those institutions have to take a more direct role in elementary and secondary education, recommends a new report from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
The report, written by a dozen college presidents and released here at the association’s annual meeting, calls on its member campuses to begin preparing students as early as preschool, helping children to acquire the building blocks of a successful academic career. And to have the greatest impact, the report says, colleges should focus on areas with high concentrations of poverty, where children have the greatest disadvantages in academic preparation.
“Education is like a pyramid: Each level rests on what came before,” says the report. “Any weakness in a child’s educational development jeopardizes all that follows, and gains made at an early age continue to benefit the child in future years.”
Specifically, the report recommends four approaches that every member campus should be involved in: improving teacher-preparation programs, increasing the availability of dual-credit classes, aligning elementary and secondary curricula with college expectations, and giving high schools reports on how their graduates are performing in college.
While college readiness has been a topic in higher-education circles for some time, the new report calls for more direct involvement in the development of prospective students, said James C. Votruba, president emeritus of Northern Kentucky University and co-chairman of the panel that wrote the report. In addition, said Mr. Votruba, the call to be engaged with elementary schools goes much further than most college-readiness programs, which generally focus on the last two years of high school.
Mr. Votruba also said that college presidents would have to become strong advocates for the proposals in order to overcome resistance from faculty members. “Our institutions are not going to be drawn to this work naturally,” he said.
The call for more engagement on college preparation is in line with two other efforts of the association. Most recently, its members joined with those in the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in a pledge to increase the number of baccalaureate-degree holders by 3.8 million by 2025. The association of state colleges is also involved in developing and putting in place a common set of learning goals for schoolchildren, called the Common Core State Standards.


Dillard University Open Enrollment Last Day! November 13, 2012


The Office of Human Resources conducted “Open Enrollment” seminars on Friday, November 9, 2012 and today, Monday, November 12, 2012. Many employees have shown up! However, several have not!!!! We need to see you!!!!
The premiums, on all four of our insurance plans, have experienced a slight increase. All employees must sign a form indicating that you are aware of the increase and wish to maintain your coverage. Employees who fail to sign the form are automatically agreeing to pay the increased premium effective January 1, 2013.
Additionally, employees who are enrolled in the HSA-HDHP (Health Savings Account-High Deductible Health Plan) must sign a form indicating that you wish to remain in the plan and that you authorize the University to continue to deduct your bi-weekly premiums. The University cannot deduct your bi-monthly premiums, beginning January 1, 2013, unless you specifically authorize the University to do so. Failure to authorize will result in a lapse and you will lose coverage.

We will be in Kearny Hall from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. COME AND SEE US!!!!!! Thanks.

Randy J. Dukes, Esq

Director, Human Resources

Dillard University

(504) 816.4797  direct

(504) 816.4187  facsimile