CLI Colloquium syllabus

The Community Learning (CL) Research Fellows Colloquium (CLIC 400): all students selected for the program will enroll in the semester-long CL research colloquium for 0.5 credits. The purpose of the colloquium is to offer an opportunity for the exchange of ideas, mentoring, and discussion of topics related to community-based work.  In addition, the colloquium will serve as a forum for students to learn from one another and through this process form a community of young scholars. Students will have the opportunity to share publicly their scholarly work with a broader community of scholars on the open web through Trinity’s WordPress platform. Fellows also receive a $200 expense grant per project to support their work (and must submit receipts with the approval of the instructor to be reimbursed).

Faculty Role: Faculty sponsors of the individual student projects will be asked to join the CL research colloquium as participants and mentors.  Their commitment to four monthly meetings during the fall semester is critical to making the colloquium a success, and as part of their participation, faculty sponsors will receive a $350 research expense grant (to reimburse the cost of books, conference travel, data, etc.).

Capstone Event: Each student will be expected to present her or his project in poster form in a public forum that brings together members of the research colloquium and community partners.  The schedule for this event will depend on when the research is expected to be completed:  there will be a capstone conference in December for all fall research projects and in April for year-long projects.

Note that the Fall 2017 syllabus will change significantly.


Syllabus for Fall 2016:

As described in your acceptance letter, we will typically meet once a month during the Tuesday Common Hour.  Lunch will be provided for these sessions.  The final event of the semester will be the capstone conference in mid-December.  Please note that all meetings are mandatory.  Here is a summary of the meetings:

        Date                                   Time                                  Location                       Theme                    Deadline
Tuesday Common Hour, Sept. 13
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Gallows Hill Common Room / North Hallden Hall
Researchable Questions & the Ethics of Community Research
Friday, Sept. 9, 4 p.m.  (email assign’t to Professor Reuman)
Tuesday Common Hour, Oct. 4
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Gallows Hill Common Room / North Hallden Hall
Rewriting the Narrative & Trouble-shooting
Friday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m. (email)
Tues. & Wed. Evening, Nov 15-16*
5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Gallows Hill Common Room
Preliminary Student Presentations
Friday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m. (email)
Tuesday Common Hour, Dec. 6
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Gallows Hill Common Room
Public Presentation Skills
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4 p.m.  (email)
Tuesday, Dec. 13**
(Reading Day)
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Gallows Hill Common Room
Public Conference for Community Partners
Saturday, Dec. 10, 12:00 noon (email)

*The November 15-16 presentations will be scheduled in October.  These evening slots allow enough time for presentations and discussion. Students with an evening class on one of the days will be assigned to the other day.

At the capstone conference research fellows will present research posters of their projects to members of the research colloquium and community partners.  Those students who are conducting a year-long project will present their findings at the end of April at the Community Learning Initiative’s Community Partner Event, and they will participate as discussants at the December conference.

Student workshops:
In addition to the colloquium meetings, we will be holding four student workshops.  These workshops are mandatory for all the research fellows. The first one will focus on ethics of research with people. The second will focus on interview skills:  developing good interview questions, honing tactics for getting interviewees to talk, and learning good rules for transcribing interviews. The third workshop will focus on web design skills and specifically on the ABCs of creating WordPress documents.  Each student will be asked to create a webpage for their research project using WordPress. The fourth workshop will discuss effective visual presentation of data and information.  This workshop will precede the preliminary oral presentations scheduled for early November. Here is the schedule for the four student workshops:

        Date                                   Time                       Location                  Theme                  Workshop Leader
Wednesday, Sept. 21
4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Classroom – TBA
Research Ethics
Jack Dougherty, Chairperson, Institutional Review Board
Sept. 27 or 28 or 29
5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
Classroom – TBA
Developing Good
Interview Skills
Rachael Barlow, Consultant
Thursday, Oct. 13
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Phalen Library Learning Center
Creating WordPress Documents
David Tatem, Instr. Technologist
Thursday, Nov. 10
5 – 6:15 p.m.
Phalen Library Learning Center
Designing Effective Visual Presentations
Sue Denning, Instr. Technologist