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Monday, December 17, 2012

Faculty Resource Network at New York University NETWORK SUMMER 2013

Faculty Resource Network at New York University


June 10-14, 2013

Seminar Offerings



After Truth: Human Rights and Wrongs in Latin America

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University

Jill Lane, New York University


Contemporary Black Women Writers:

Race, Gender, and Power in the Literary and Political Imagination

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College


Cosmopolitanism and Pop Culture

Jason King, New York University


Evidence-Based Biology Teaching: Just the Facts or Thinking Like Scientists?

Diane Ebert-May, Michigan State University


Narrative Filmmaking as a Teaching Strategy

Rosanne Limoncelli, New York University 


Network Science

Sylvain Cappell, New York University


Play, Games, and Education in the Digital Age

Bruce Homer, CUNY Graduate Center


Postcolonial Reception of Classical Literature and Myth

Co-sponsored by the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University

Noel Gregson Davis, New York University


Reframing Gender: Men, Women and the State

Co-sponsored by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University

Maya Mikdashi, Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University


Understanding the New Europe: Immigration

Sylvia Maier, New York University


Special Program: Leadership in Fundraising Institute

George H. Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising

New York University



For additional information check our website at




Barbara M. Albert

Executive Assistant

Office of Academic Affairs

(504) 816-4216 (office)

(504) 816-4144 (fax)


Dillard U. Updates from Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (SACS, IE Repts, QEP, etc.) December 2012



After attending this year’s conference, Provost Dawkins offered the following reflection: "My experience at SACS reaffirmed the importance of accountability and effectiveness as we work to provide a quality education for our students." As I thought about the increased emphasis on institutions’ capacity to document their impact on General Education, educational programs, faculty load and such, I realized that the accountability movement will continue to evolve, especially in these lean economic times. It is not going away, so we must align ourselves in ways that enable us to effectively tell our own story.

Consequently, it is imperative that we become much more vigilant in submitting materials as we understand whether our student learning outcomes (SLO’s) are having the intended impact AND as we prepare for our SACS Fifth-Year Interim Report. The following documents are very useful:

·         2012 Principles of Accreditation ( provides a list of all principles, very complete definitions and helps readers to see the connections to their daily work.

·         2012 Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation ( lists all principles, but provides very clear examples of expected documentation.

·         How to Become An Evaluator ( explains the role and importance of SACSCOC Evaluators, for anyone interested in serving on a reaffirmation committee. This form must be signed by the President. Anyone who has served on a committee can share that it is a very collegial, eye-opening and productive experience.


To date, I have no grids for Fall 2012 (reports are not due until May 2013) and only the Department of Mass Communications has scheduled a workshop. The assessment grid (academic and administrative) templates are attached for your review and use. Feel free to contact me (until Wednesday of this week) with any questions. I’d be more than happy to help.


Faculty members are reminded about the importance of emailing your students repeatedly regarding their participation in the process. Given the challenges with the process this semester, the reports will roll out in several phases. Courses that received 5 or more responses during the first run will receive their reports as grades are submitted. Other reports will be part of a manual process and will take longer. I am preparing now to develop a spring 2013 lab schedule, giving smaller classes the priority. Thank you for your patience and support.


During our last meeting, the group agreed that we should focus on the first three critical thinking indicators, given our students’ needs. In the interest of moving forward, we will discuss this in more detail at the next QEP Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, January 9, 2013, from 8:30am – 4:30pm. The workshop will focus on results from the Fall 2012 Integrated Assignment and Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), along with the Spring 2012 NSSE results. We will also provide additional training on the Integrated Assignment as well as the inter-rater exercise. As a reminder, all majors are required to include a sophomore and junior-major course for inclusion in the QEP (see attached template). Feel free to contact me with any questions or need for support.

Dr. Carla L. Morelon

Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment

Interim Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Office: Rosenwald 203

Phone: 504.816.4165
2012-13 QEP Theme: “What could be the impact (social, political and economic) of the Presidential Election on healthcare and gun control?”


MakeUseOf: eBooks, Remote Control & Other Creative Uses For Dropbox That You Haven’t Thought Of

eBooks, Remote Control & Other Creative Uses For Dropbox That You Haven’t Thought Of

uses for dropbox
Do you think you’ve thought of all possible uses for Dropbox? You haven’t. Neither have I.
Writers like me will never get sick of dreaming up new ways to use Dropbox, because this seemingly simple tool can be used to accomplish so much. It’s a program that provides a simple service – sync a particular folder on your computer with all of your other computers and a web service. But you can use this to trigger actions on other computers, keep a copy of your favorite software ready on other machines, sync your entire eBook library and much, much more.
Here are just a few ideas that changed the way I use Dropbox; maybe they’ll change the way you use it too. And as always, fill me in with your ideas below.

Always Have Access To Your Portable Apps

Whether you’ve downloaded everything from our list of the best portable apps or have your own carefully crafted collection, Dropbox is a convenient way to access your collection from any computer you own. Just keep your favorite portable apps in your Dropbox and you’ll have access to them everywhere.
Even better, in many cases your settings will sync, meaning you can use your program on one computer just as you set it on another.

Sync Your eBook Library

Have access to your eBook collection, everywhere. If you use Calibre to manage your eBook collection, good news – with Dropbox you can keep your library in sync everywhere, easily. It won’t work for proprietary, DRM-based ebook apps like Kindle or Nook but it’s perfect for your open books.
The amount of space Dropbox provides probably isn’t massive enough for your music collection and certainly isn’t enough for your videos, but you’d be surprised how many eBooks you can fit into your Dropbox without trouble. Sync your entire Calibre library folder and your settings and metadata will follow.
uses for dropbox
Read more about combining Dropbox and Calibre here, if you’re interested.
Also noteworthy, this provides you with an easy way to access your eBooks on your tablet or smartphone. Simply download the EPUB files from your Dropbox app and import them to your e-reading app of choice.

Monitor Your Computer Remotely

Do you want to know what’s going on with your computer while you’re away? Why not set up a program to take screenshots every minute and save them to your Dropbox? This simple trick lets you watch what’s happening on your machine, useful in case of theft.
Labnol outlines the process for Windows here, which requires a download and a simple Autokey script.
Bonus idea – set up a webcam with an open window and you’ve got a makeshift security camera.

Sync Any Folder On Your Computer

We all know Dropbox syncs the Dropbox folder, but did you know you can set it up to sync any folder on your computer? The Dropbox wiki outlines the process for Windows, Mac and Linux, including several tools including. For more information, check out this article on how to use symlinks to sync any folder with Dropbox.
creative uses for dropbox
Do you want to sync your desktop? Check out the Dropbox wiki article on syncing your desktop for specific advice.

Make Last Second Changes to School Assignments

Your professor requires you to send in your essay by midnight, but will she really look at it then? If you’re skeptical, and need a few extra hours to make edits, share a link to your essay on Dropbox instead of emailing it to her directly. Any changes you make will automatically be updated, so assuming she downloads it the next day you’ll be able to make the deadline while still making corrections (via Lifehacker).

Host a Website

Why not? With Dropbox you can offer public access to any file, including an HTML document. It’s easy to use this to build and host a quick website, as outlined on the Dropbox wiki. Whether you want to build yourself a custom homepage or test your HTML skills, this is a great way to quickly get something onto the web.
I, personally, used this to create a page for quickly accessing articles and information on my Kobo e-reader:
uses for dropbox
(The NHL Scores section just depresses me. I don’t know why I haven’t deleted it #firebettman).
Come to think of it, Dropbox is also a great way to directly share any photo or text document. Just remember: add ?dl=1 to the end of any file you want to share directly; without that, users will be taken to a download page for the file.

Print Files From Anywhere

Use Dropbox to print files from your mobile phone. You’ll need to set up a folder in your Dropbox that sends files to a print queue, then add files to that folder when you want something printed. It requires you to have a computer at home that’s turned on and connected to your printer, but it’s an interesting idea.
Read more on the Dropbox wiki (Windows only, though I’m sure clever people could find workarounds).

But Wait, There’s More!

Are you looking for more? We’ve published articles listing uses for Dropbox in the past. Here are just a few:
Do you want even more? Check out the tips and tricks page on the Dropbox wiki or the comments below. I’m certain readers will share their ideas. Let’s keep growing the list!
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Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching – West Pre-Conference Workshop on Critical Thinking


 Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching – West

 Pre-Conference Workshop on Critical Thinking

now includes both

Craig Nelson & Tom Angelo!


March 14, 2013


 Improving Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum: Transformative Course Design, Teaching, Assessment and Feedback Strategies

Lilly West is delighted to announce that these two guys are working together again just for us! We have seen this combo work before and the atmosphere is always electric and transformative.

The workshop will combine Angelo’s expertise in Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) with Nelson’s teaching moves for fostering critical thinking.

They will provide spurts of learning theory (from cognitive development, for example) with example applications and with CATs. Writing and peer discussion will help make sure that each participant goes home with new ideas that can be implemented in class next week.

 Full Description

 Why do so many of our students resist higher-order critical thinking (CT)? When they do try, why do so many find CT so difficult? And why, despite our best efforts, do our curricula and teaching typically have so little impact on CT? This workshop will offer research-based answers to these question, as well as practical, transformative strategies for promoting and improving critical thinking. Cognitive development theories and research (e.g. Perry, Belenkey, et al., Biggs, and Kitchener & King) can help us understand their resistance/difficulties and distinguish the typical levels of CT students engage in, running from "naive realism" through "rampant relativism" to "constrained social constructivism." Research demonstrates that the most dramatic gains in CT -- for example, no Fs in college calculus classes-- come from combining intentional design, structuring of social dynamics ,and step-by-step teaching of analytical tools with effective assessment and feedback.  This workshop highlights Nelson's expertise in teaching "moves" to foster CT with Angelo's experience in course design, assessment and feedback. It will include and demonstrate: mini-lectures, videotaped examples, individual reflection and writing, small-group work, and structured peer discussions. Participants can expect to gain at least three new strategies they can adapt and use immediately to improve critical thinking in their courses -- as well as references and resources for follow up.

More Information:

Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching - West

 Registration: Registration Form

 Cost: $75

 Other Lilly-West Pre-Conference Workshops

 Employing What We Have Learned From the Faculty Learning Community Movement to Build and Sustain Effective FLCs Today

 Milton D. Cox

 Faculty learning communities (FLCs) were initiated in 1979 and have now been implemented at hundreds of institutions, including two-year colleges, four year liberal arts colleges, comprehensive and research universities, and medical schools. FLC programs have been initiated by individual entrepreneurs, teaching and learning centers, and system-wide consortia. We will begin our workshop with an overview of FLCs, some of the results about them reported in the Learning Communities Journal, and the experiences Milt has encountered in his work with colleagues engaged in starting and sustaining FLCs. We will discuss the descriptions of and research about successful and unsuccessful FLCs and faculty learning community programs, including assessment designed to determine the FLC-related outcomes of faculty development and student learning. Because the culture and needs of an institution influence the approaches that it takes to initiate and implement FLCs, we will customize our approach to the needs of our participants. Which of the 30 FLC components will help meet your objectives and will work for you? This workshop will be of interest and import to those engaged in any stages in the development and sustainability of faculty learning community programs.

 Linking Cooperative Group Work to the Research on Deep Learning

 Barbara Millis

 Deep learning emerges from the careful sequencing of assignments and activities “orchestrated” by a teacher committed to student learning. The research on deep learning has been ongoing, systematic, and convergent. It involves motivating students to acquire a solid knowledge base through active, interactive learning. As James Rhem has noted, “Those who take a deep approach understand more, produce better written work containing logical structures and conclusions rather than lists, remember longer, and obtain better marks and degrees than those students who take a surface approach.” This interactive workshop will help instructors understand how to sequence structured assignments and activities to foster deep learning approaches. Students complete relevant assignments outside of class—for which they are accountable—that help them learn new knowledge by connecting it to what hey already know. Because students come to class prepared, class time can be spent productively by having students in pairs or small groups compare their out-of-class products to foster critical thinking and constructive feedback. Assessment for both students and teachers arises naturally out of the structured activities.

More Information:

Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching - West

Registration: Registration Form

Cost: $75