Fall 2007: Vital Signs
- Created 8 November 2007; Published 24 January 2008Full Contact II: Balancing Departmental and Program Goals with Institutional Goals
Scott Bierman, Dean of the College
- Created 1 November 2007; Published 4 December 2008Academic Civic Engagement at Carleton: A National Perspective
Michael McNally, Associate Professor of Religion; and Mary Savina, McBride Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies, Director of Archaeology
- Created 25 October 2007; Published 5 December 2008Learning Languages at Carleton: Mission, Goals, and Aspirations
Stacy Beckwith, Associate Professor of Hebrew; Jose Cerna-Bazan, Professor of Spanish; and Laura Goering, Professor of Russian
- Created 18 October 2007; Published 24 January 2008Distinctive Pedagogies: Classes That Click
Eric Egge, Assistant Professor of Mathematics; and Stephen Parker, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
Have you ever wondered whether you could get text-messaging technology to work for you in the classroom (rather than against you)? We'll describe how math and science professors at Carleton and around the country are doing just that, by using "clickers" (formally, classroom response systems) to facilitate peer instruction.
- Created 11 October 2007; Published 24 January 2008The Emergence of Decision: Computational Models of Group Decision Making
Greg Marfleet, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Why do political leaders make the sometimes-disastrous decisions they do? One approach to this question focuses on the advisory systems and small-group process that characterize elite decision making. While concepts like 'groupthink' are often applied to explain specific cases, comprehensive models of group decision making that incorporate factors such as leadership style, pressure for conformity, status differences and informal networks among members are under-developed.
Advances in computer-based modeling techniques, specifically agent-based modeling, may hold the promise of building bottom-up 'virtual groups' that facilitate explorations of how antecedent conditions and group processes combine to impact decisions. This highly interdisciplinary project marries insights from political science, social psychology and organizational sociology with the 'hard-science' methodology of complex adaptive systems.
- Created 2 October 2007; Published 4 October 2007Critical Thinking About Numbers in the News
Milo Schield, Professor, Department of Business Administration, Augsburg Colelge
Milo Schield discusses research he has been doing on how numbers are represented in the popular media. In addition, he addresses the implications of his findings for efforts to prepare students to be critical consumers of numbers in the news. He's particularly interested in discussing whether we should embed numeracy in courses across the curriculum or in dedicated quantitative literacy courses.
- Created 25 September 2007; Published 4 October 2007Engaging the Classroom: Teaching and Effective Communication
David Wiles, Associate Professor of Theater
Professor David Wiles brings his professional theatrical training to a session that combines a discussion of the basic issues involved in creating an engaged classroom, with hands-on work on verbal communication that the audience should find simple, accessible, repeatable and difference making.
- Created 20 September 2007; Published 4 October 2007Moodle Turns One!
Matt Bockol, Web Technical Administrator; Iris Jastram, Reference and Instruction Librarian for Literature and Languages, Gould Library; and Joann Martyn, Academic Computing Coordinator for the Arts, Performance, and Recreation
This event covers usage data from the first full year of Moodle implementation; how many courses, what features is most often used, as well as what new features are in the pipeline. There is also discussion about the most commonly asked questions and the most puzzling operations for users of Moodle. We hear testimony from faculty, staff, and a student about the advantages and limitations to learning and coordinating efforts.