Spring Institute on Teaching and Technology (SITT) 2013

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
9am to noon (followed by lunch)
1823 Room, Level 2
Library and Information Technology Center
Trinity College, Hartford CT

RSVP (by May 10th) to help us estimate morning coffee, lunches

co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL),
Information Technology in Education Committee (ITEC),
and Information Technology Services (ITS) at Trinity College (CT)

9am Welcome
by ITEC co-chairs Jack Dougherty and Jim Trostle; ITS Director Sue Aber
Introduction of Jason B. Jones as Director of Educational Technology

9:15am Presentations by ITEC Course Development Grant recipients, 2012-13
What were your goals? How did you use technology? What did you & students learn? 

  • Mary Sandoval (Mathematics), creating online video library of solutions for Calc II
  • Renny Fulco (Pub Pol & Law), engaging students with wiki writing on policy issues

See prior presentations by other grant recipients
Submit a 2013-14 ITEC course development application by Thursday May 16th at 12noon

9:50am Lisa Spiro, “Making Sense of MOOCs from a Liberal Arts Perspective”

Lisa Spiro

In this online presentation (download slides), Lisa Spiro will highlight questions and examples for liberal arts colleges from her recent NITLE webinar on MOOCs (see also March 2013 slides set). She has published or presented on a range of topics related to technology and higher education, including collaborative practices in the digital humanities, the values of the digital humanities, open education, trends in scholarly communication, digital research tools, the future of academic libraries, digital pedagogy, and alternative academic careers. She is the founding editor of the Digital Research Tools (DiRT) wiki and authors the Digital Scholarship in the Humanities blog. A Frye Leadership Institute fellow, Lisa serves as the Communications Officer for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations and on the Executive Council of the Association of Computers and the Humanities, the Program Committee for the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, and the board of DH Commons.

10:15AM Lisa Dierker, “Taking a Passion for Statistics to the MOOC World”

Lisa Dierker

In this presentation (download slides), Lisa Dierker will offer reflections on the pedagogical design and experience of teaching her Passion Driven Statistics open online course, and the broader implications of MOOCs for liberal arts institutions. She is a Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan University with training in chronic disease epidemiology. With expertise in the application of innovative statistical methods, she has spent her career developing collaborative relationships with leading experts across multiple disciplines (e.g. public health, statistics, medicine, engineering, pharmacology and neuroscience) in pursuit of answers to questions surrounding the development of addictive behaviors. As Chair of the Quantitative Analysis Center at Wesleyan, she has shown an extremely strong commitment to teaching undergraduate courses in the areas of statistics and research methods, and with funding from the National Science Foundation, has spent the last four years developing an original project-based curriculum specifically aimed at increasing the number of students exposed to applied statistics.

Question and Answer session with Lisa Spiro, Lisa Dierker, and the audience

11:00am  Where’s the Classroom? group reflections & discussion

In this presentation (link), faculty, staff, and students from the Where’s the Classroom discussion group share brief reflections and visual snapshots from a range of digital courses that they audited or enrolled in during the spring semester. These first-hand experiences and will lead us into a broader discussion of digital courses and their role, if any, for liberal arts colleges like ours (facilitated by Jack Dougherty & Jim Trostle).

12 noon Lunch and additional conversations

Chat with Instructional Technologists (Dave Tatem, Greg Matejcik, Sue Denning) and faculty colleagues about submitting a 2013-14 ITEC course development application

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