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map . 8:30 Coffee and light breakfast (Harned Hall 110) 9:00 Welcome from Saint Martin's University Provost Molly Smith 9:25 Invocation by Fr. Kilian 9:30 Break-out sessions: Session A: Keith Meyer and Adrian Magnuson-White in Harned Hall 110 Understanding your student combat veteran from a humanistic perspective. This presentation and discussion addresses issues that are faced by veterans who are transitioning from the military to civilian life. Specific information on ways that faculty can support veterans to be successful in the classroom; the benefits of having veterans in the classroom; and community resources available to veterans. Session B: Leticia Nieto in Harned Hall 210 Beyond Classroom Hospitality: Working Skillfully Against Dynamics of Privilege and Marginalization. In this session we will work with a model for viewing hospitality in terms of understanding oppression and liberation. The session is designed to facilitate communication and empowerment. 12:00 Lunch (Provided)
1:00 On Benedictine Hospitality - Fr. Peter 1:20 Diversity Institute panel: John Hopkins, Olivia Archibald, Jeremy Newton, Jodee Flynt-Davies, Todd Barosky, Brian Barnes 2:25 Acknowledging awkwardness: Obstacles to anti-oppression solidarity. Lori Blewett (TESC) 2:45 Break 2:55 The advantage of assigning temporarily the grade of A on the first day of class: Challenging students to produce their best work in order to keep it. Anne Sulton (SMU) 3:15 “Click to Learn”: Best practices for classroom response systems. David Goldstein (UW Bothell) 3:35 Practicing hospitality in textual form: Teaching students about "Forwarding". Emily Decker Lardner (TESC) 3:55 Using technology to support language learners in content classrooms. Leslie Huff (SMU) 4:15 Hybridizing Russian Lit: Two pedagogical spaces. Jamie Olson (SMU) 4:35 Using social networking to teach and mentor students. Jeremy Newton (SMU)
Teaching Forum and Reception in HH109 5:00 (Interactive conversations with forum presenters. Wine and appetizers.)
Forum Presenters: Denis Dubois, Robert Hauhart, Belinda Hill, Joe Mailhot, Suzan Porter, Christine Salazar, Katya Shkurkin, Paul Slaboch, David Suter and Julie Yamamoto
Registration is now open for the Saint Martin’s University’s fourth annual October Symposium on Teaching and Learning. This symposium will take place on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 9am to 6:00pm in Harned Hall on the Saint Martin’s campus in Lacey, Washington.
The theme for this year’s symposium is inspired by the Benedictine value of Hospitality, which refers to being open to the world and welcoming a diversity of people with a common spirit of reverence and respect. Saint Martin’s University invites educators from local colleges and universities for a conversation about teaching practices that help nurture a hospitable reception of others in an environment that is caring, gracious and supportive.
All presentations should focus on the symposium theme of Hospitality in its broad sense with respect to groups that have been historically disenfranchised or excluded from higher education. We encourage you to explore how the university can be a more hospitable place for populations that have been marginalized because of their race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, military and non-traditional status. A presentation could consist of examples of successful teaching practices that engage with the concept of the other; it may be a discussion and analysis of academic theory about diversity in the classroom; it could consist of examples and lessons about teaching specific students populations; it could explore experiences of the teacher as the outsider; or it could discuss teaching methods and technologies as tools for reaching students. You may choose to challenge the notion of hospitality and what it implies in terms of one acting as a “host.” There are many ways to explore this subject and you are invited to share your ideas. Send us your abstracts and symposium registrations by October 1, 2013.
You can participate in the symposium by attending only; by giving a 20 minute individual presentation; or by participating in an afternoon poster session.
We expect to have an exciting keynote panel assembled. More information on the panelists is coming soon. Check out last year's program here.
It's no secret that social media have been useful in spreading information (and sometimes misinformation) during times of emergency such as natural disasters and revolutions. Here is a TED Talk by Clay Shirkey where he gives some great examples of this in recent history.
Although major news outlets are important in distributing official information and fact checking, social media provide the kind of immediacy and collaborative reporting that would be impossible to accomplish for any centralized media source.
As hurricane Sandy moves in, the most current flow of information is coming from East Coasters, holed up in their apartments, waiting for the storm to arrive.
Use the hash tag #Sandy and see updates every few seconds on Twitter. People post messages of concern, share humor and photographs shot out of their windows and in their homes with their phone cameras. They also share links to useful resources, such as tips for emotional care for children in a disaster.
Fake images of the storm begin to appear even before the storm has reached land. These images are spreading through social networks like wildfire fueling our imaginations of the apocalyptic New York City.
For another chronological folk reporting, check out the Hurricane Sandy Liveblog where people send in their reports and texts to be published by two bloggers. The stories are mostly evidence of how people cope through humor. The images and short accounts are haunting as the storm gets closer and the gravity of the situation begins to sink in. One of the blog administrators, Brandon, writes that he is having a hard time keeping up with the incoming posts and suggests that people just post to the comments section to speed up the publication.
Sending good thoughts eastward and hoping the storm will pass with minimal damage to read about.
Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Listening for a Wider Narrative - October 19, 2012
8:30am Breakfast and Invocation (HH110)
Fr. Kilian Malvey O.S.B., Saint Martin’s University
9:00am Keynote Panel
David Levy, University of Washington, Information School
Susan Harewood, University of Washington Bothell, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Elise Krohn, Northwest Indian College, Traditional Foods and Medicines
Dr. Joseph Bessie, Saint Martin’s University Provost
12:00pm Lunch and Conversation (lunch provided)
1:00 - 5:00pm Individual Presentations
David Goldstein, University of Washington, Bothell
Holistic Listening and Radical Student-Centeredness
Sheila Steiner, Saint Martin’s University
Listening as a General Education Outcome
Jennifer Berney, South Puget Sound Community College
Try to Keep Your Mouth Shut: Teacher Silence as a Powerful Tool
Jennifer Jamison, Saint Martin’s University
Listening to the Written Word: Communication in the Online Classroom
Julia Chavez, Saint Martin’s University
Listening for the Authentic Voice in English 101
Arwyn Smalley, Saint Martin’s University
Chemistry in the Community: Listening for Science in Our Lives
David Price, Saint Martin’s University
An Old Dog and New (Old) Moodle Tricks: On Moodling the History of Anthropology
Joli Sandoz, The Evergreen State College
My View of Disability has Totally Changed: Knowledge Maps and Narrative as Tools to Assess
Learning about Oppression, Privilege and Diversity
Leslie Huff, Saint Martin’s University
Perceived Effects of an Urban Practicum Experience on Teacher Candidates
Amy Ryken, University of Puget Sound
Listening to Children’s Spontaneous Questions and Remarks about Gender Identity
Jeremy Newton, Saint Martin’s University
Tackling the Senior Thesis Through Listening to Peers 5:00 - 6:30pm Hors d'oeuvres & Saint Martin’s University Poster Session (HH109)
Scot Harrison (Library)
Olivia Archibald (English)
Margaret Olney (Biology)
Aaron Coby (Biology)
Scott Norris (Business)
Suzanne Porter (First Year Seminar, Service Learning)
Lynn Villella (Learning Garden)
Asa Garber (Law)
Sanford Anderson (Business)
I finally got fed up with the way that Word automatically spaces paragraphs and figured out how to reset my defaults so that all of my paragraphs are single spaced. If you find the default spacing irritating too, here is how to fix that problem.(click on the image to enlarge.)
how to fix Word spacing
1.Open Word and right click on Normal style (see illustration) and select Modify from the window that opens
2.Select the button next to New documents based on this template at the bottom of the window
3.Click on Format drop down menu and select Paragraph from the drop down box
4.Set spacing to 0 in the After window
5.Click OK in the Paragraph window
6.Click OK in the Modify Style window.
From now on, Word will single space all of your paragraphs. Hallelujah!
Take a look at TED's newly launched educational video project. This is a library of educational talks illustrated by animators. You can browse the video library by subject and customize (Flip) lessons with existing questions or with your own questions and additional resources.
Teachers can also upload their own videos or videos from sites like YouTube and create new lessons.
There is also a way to track student progress. When a teacher logs in, they can see who viewed the video, how many questions students attempted and the answers that they provided.
It is a talk by journalist and writer Sir Harold Evans illustrated by Sunni Brown. It comes with a multiple choice "Quick Quiz" about the video as well as two open ended questions of varying difficulty "Think" and "Dig Deeper."
By clicking on the "Flip This Lesson" button, the teacher can customize the lesson by deciding on which of the existing materials they want to keep. They can also create new open-ended
questions and add additional readings or activities to the lesson.
Rheingold will discuss his new book Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. This is a great opportunity to learn how to more strategically think about and apply digital media in your own work. He describes his book - “How can we use digital media so that they help us become empowered participants rather than passive consumers? In Net Smart, I show how to use social media intelligently, humanely, and, above all, mindfully.
Mindful use of digital media means thinking about what we are doing, cultivating an ongoing inner inquiry into how we want to spend our time. I outline five fundamental digital literacies, online skills that will help us do this: attention, participation, collaboration, critical consumption of information (or "crap detection"), and network smarts.” He will also be giving away 5 books during the talk. RSVP on the Facebook page event and learn more about the March 22 webinar and the book give-away.
As much as social networking can suck your time, it can also bring some relief from information overload on the internet. Smart friends on Facebook can be good filters for discovering the news that are worth reading, links worth following and cat videos worth watching.
Something interesting has been happening with the ways that news and information are organized and distributed via social networks. Scholars refer to this phenomenon as folksonomies, where knowledge is organized and presented by collaborative activities of internet users rather than media professionals as gatekeepers of information. The merits and dangers of such information management are, of course, up for debate.
Meanwhile, there is a new social networking tool that is used for organizing images - Pinterest - but not just images. It's a visual bookmarking site that lets you place and share information visually, through categories that are created by users. Pinterest reflects the growth of visual culture and finally lets us map knowledge with pictures, not just links or words. It is an organizing method that can be a useful teaching resource.
While sites like Flickr let users organize and share photographs, Pinterest keeps the images attached to the context of their websites. The Ed Social Media article does a good job of explaining how Pinterest works and among some higher ed examples, links to various visual categories (boards) created by the University of Denver. Libraries are also leading the way in the adoption of this technology. Here are 20 examples of how libraries are using Pinterest to organize information on the web, including collaborative work with patrons, collecting learning materials by themes, showcasing digital collections and displaying book covers.
Along with visuality, the social networking aspect of the site is what makes it really useful. You can follow other people's visual bookmarks (pins), look at the categories created by other users and then repin their finds onto your own boards as categories that make sense to you. For example, you can take a look at Tiffany Ford's science curriculum ideas, pick a project that interests you and repin it on your own board under a category that fits your interests. If you are teaching a biology class, you can call your board "biology lessons" and pin other examples along the same theme.
More faculty and students are making movies and recording audio files. It seems like our Flip cameras and audio recorders are constantly checked out of the library, and the circulation desk is asking for more recording devices.
One of the biggest problems in dealing with video and audio files when it comes to editing is the size and the format of the file. You record a movie with a Flip camera, which creates an mp4 movie file. You want to edit it in Windows Movie Maker, but the editing program doesn't recognize mp4 files.
Let's say you want to use VoiceThread to share a movie and have a discussion around it. The upload size limit in Voice Thread is 25MB but your movie is a 100MB, mp4 file created with a Flip camera. Here is a movie where I show you how we got around the problem in one class. It took three programs to resize and upload the movie to the web.
However, there is a simpler solution. My clever work study student Cory E, found Freemake, a free software that allows you to easily convert media files and re-size them as needed. Watch Cory explain how to do this.
Textbooks are expensive. So why would online textbooks be offered for free? It has to do with convenience and you see it all over on the internet. For example, Box.net offers you a few GB of free storage space, but if you want more security or more server space, you sign up for a paid account. Many other free web based services such as Surveymonkey, Flickr, NYT, Jing, etc. do the same, they hook you with their useful application and once you try it out and like it, you can opt to buy a more convenient (Pro) version.
So with free textbooks, it often works like this - you can read the text on your computer for free. You can also read some of the text and then decide that the convenience of being able to print it or buy the hard copy or get an eBook to put on your reader is worth the money and so you upgrade. The texts still tend to be cheaper because there is no upfront publishing cost.
Take this Writing for Success book on Flatworld, for example. Browse through all of the chapters on the left panel or buy the other versions. There is even a study guide. And you can choose between black & white or color printed textbooks, priced accordingly.
But not all textbooks offer the paid upgrade. Some just make you suffer through poor formatting or advertising. Bookboon.com, for example, offers free downloadable PDF files of textbooks. Most of the books focus on business, science and engineering, but here is one on Media and Cultural Studies. Jaques Lacan, Stuart Hall, Judith Butler, Laura Mulvey, Edward Said -- not a bad looking table of contents. The price? You get advertisements on every three pages of the "book". But hey, it's free Cultural Studies!
Other online publishers, like Project Gutenberg, are non-profits and only ask for a donation. Those, however, are more likely to have books for a literature class than textbooks.
The SMU library is getting ready to put a Kindle into circulation. I've played around with it and downloaded about 150 titles that sounded interesting to me. All of the readings that are required in a current Shakespeare course were available for download, for free.
I downloaded a collection of poetry books by authors such as Emily Dickinson, William Blake and Walt Whitman and a number of other classics that are in the public domain, such as Moby Dick and The Odyssey.
The deeper I dug, the more amazed I became at the variety of free books that are available. I found books on just about any subject ranging from engineering, math, religion, philosophy, business, politics and folklore.
There was a decent selection of more current titles, not just the classics with expired copyright. For example, Anthony DePalma's City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance, and 9/11 was available for free compared to $25 for a hard copy. Other modern titles turned up, such as The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age by the MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning and a 2010 publication of Green Careers and Energy. And there were some pop fiction novels too.
Here is a sampling of about 150 books that got loaded onto the SMU Kindle for free. Click on the image to make it bigger.
You can browse the Amazon Kindle store for the free books. It's not that easy to find them. There is no clear way to browse the entire collection of free books. I finally went to the Kindle store and filtered the books by lowest price first. The free ones came up on top.
There is also Manybooks.net. Check out their foreign language section.
I just came across an article in Wikipedia which suggests Googling the words "Syllabus 'no wikipedia' ". I tried it and turned up over 4,270 entries. Most of those entries seems to be online syllabi that forbid the use of Wikipedia.
I am not going to try and convince anyone that Wikipedia is the new bible of collective knowledge, but it can be a pretty cool tool for learning. Assignments that incorporate Wikipedia can help students learn the concepts of public scholarship, collaboration, author credibility and of course, some healthy skepticism when it comes to using Wikipedia as a research tool.
Here are some resources that I have compiled if you are considering using Wikipedia in class:
Here is a nice video created by Common Craft for Dropbox. It explains the cloud computing concept in non-technical terms. Basically, Dropbox lets you store files and synchronize folders on your computer with the Dropbox server. You can then share your folders across multiple computers, mobile devices and with other people.
I posted about the various file storage/sharing web applications a while ago. Each one has it's own perks. The biggest perk for Dropbox is that desktop folder that makes it really easy to place files for sharing without having to log in and upload anything. Another benefit is that there is no file size upload limit aside from the 2GB storage limit. This is a limitation that I came across with Box.net, which caps each individual file upload at 25MB on the free account, even though they offer 5GB of free storage space.
The other file sharing app that I wrote about was Google Docs. It works great for sharing Word, Excel and PPT files but I have had some trouble sharing video files. However, according to Vaughan-Nichols from ZDnet, it seems that Dropbox and Google Docs might join forces. Let's hope this will bring us something spectacular.
In my classes, Dropbox is especially handy when I want students to record audio or video files and share them with the class or to collaborate on projects where students need to share or exchange large files with one another.
Are you looking for a documentary film to show in class? Take a look at SnagFilms.com. This is a site that helps filmmakers distributes their films online. These aren't just YouTube clips, but full feature films that have aired at film festivals and come from known sources such as PBS and National Geographic.
You can view the films on the site or "snag" the film for your own blog or a social networking site. This is easily done without any technical knowledge. If you are wondering what the catch is, there are some ads. Documentary filmmakers usually struggle to distribute their content and this is a pretty ingenuous way to distribute films. The filmmakers and SnagFilms.com split the revenue from advertising.Filmmakers also get a chance to sell DVDs of their films from SnagFilms.com .
Note the "Create one" link at the bottom of the window. It allows you to create your own playlist of multiple documentaries in three easy steps. Here is my list below. You can scroll through all of the documentaries that I have selected to watch by sliding the blue button to the right, at the bottom of the screen.