Fall 2011: Fall Creativity: A New Climate for Learning and Teaching

  • Created 1 November 2011; Published 3 January 2012
    LTC: Where All The Students Are Above Average: Everything You Need to Know About Letters of Recommendation

    We all write them, but how helpful are they? Learn how to prepare effective letters of recommendation, the different expectations of readers in academic and non-academic fields, how to handle telephone references, when to decline a student request, and the responsibilities of the candidate. Presenter: Richard Berman, Director of the Career Center

  • Created 25 October 2011; Published 3 January 2012
    LTC: Do Carls Ask Questions…or Tough It Out?

    Sometimes students seek assistance from faculty, classmates, staff, and student workers at drop-in centers. . .then again, sometimes they don’t. Learn how class year, the difficulty of the assignment, GPA, and student characteristics such as gender, first generation college student status, family income, and ethnicity affect which Carls ask for help, when and from whom.

  • Created 11 October 2011; Published 3 January 2012
    LTC: Indigineity and the Holocaust as Global Discourses; Dialogos Faculty Research Talk

    What happens when one people's specific experience is appropriated by other people in other places to describe their own struggles? This talk examines how Native Americans and Palestinians have appropriated the Jewish narrative of the Holocaust to characterize their sufferings, while Jewish Israelis and Palestinians have usurped the language of indigeneity to describe their respective situations. Presenters: Jay Levi, Professor of Anthropology; Respondent: Van Dusenbery, Visiting Professor of Anthropology. Cosponsored with the Humanities Center.

  • Created 4 October 2011; Published 13 October 2011
    LTC: Harvesting Our Mistakes

    We all make them, but we probably don’t talk much about them. Mistakes can be the seeds of our own learning and help us to hone our skills as teachers. How can we benefit from our boo-boos? A couple of our senior colleagues will share their experience. Presenters: Mary Savina, Professor of Geology; and Cliff Clark, Professor of History and American Studies

    Note: Due to technical problems, this session is not available on video.

  • Created 27 September 2011; Published 29 December 2011
    LTC: How Does a Carleton Education Change Students?

    Ever wonder if you’re having an impact on your students? The Enrolled Students Survey (spring 2011), which received responses from 65% of all Carleton students from all four classes simultaneously, provides a snapshot of the students’ experience. Discover which elements of the Carleton experience are actually most influential. Presenters: Cherry Danielson, Associate Director, Institutional Research and Assessment; Mary Savina, Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology

  • Created 20 September 2011; Published 3 January 2012
    LTC: Bringing Sustainability Into the Classroom: The Climate Action Plan in Action

    Carleton recently approved a Climate Action Plan to increase campus sustainability and move toward carbon neutrality. But how can we integrate the Climate Action Plan and issues of sustainability into the curriculum? Come learn about Carleton's environmental "footprint" and several ways in which issues of sustainability can be addressed across disciplines. Presenters: Dan Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Biology, Aaron Swoboda, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Economics, and Martha Larson, Manager of Campus Energy and Sustainability.

  • Created 15 September 2011; Published 19 September 2011
    LTC: One App to Bind Them: Visualizing the Curriculum with Semantic Technology

    Professor Josh Fost has used a web crawler to extract one thousand questions from online course catalogs. Professor Fost will present a digest of those questions and show a preview of how he uses semantic technology and creative visualizations to make meaningful connections between questions, curriculum, and other resources, which then allow users to navigate this landscape, encouraging exploration and increasing engagement. Presenters: Joshua Fost, assistant professor of philosophy and university studies, Portland State University; with introduction by Arjendu Pattanayak, associate dean of the College

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