Welcome

The purpose of the Center for Teaching and Learning is to provide support and development opportunities to enable Augsburg faculty, staff, and leadership to co-create “an educational experience like no other.”

Upcoming Events

Please see the calendar below for upcoming events. Please click the Add to Google Calendar icon on the lower right to subscribe.

Please scroll down to see detailed event descriptions.

May 2015 Workshops

Wednesday, May 6 | Teaching and Technology Workshop | 9:00am-Noon in SVE 201 & 206

This workshop will feature a menu of in-classroom and on-line tools to enhance teaching and learning effectiveness. Tools such as VoiceThread, Video Streaming, and AirPlay will be featured. Sponsored by CTL and led by the Augsburg E-Learning Team. (This is not a Moodle workshop!)


Thursday, May 7 | Creating an Inclusive Campus Workshop  | 8:30am-Noon in Hoversten Chapel

As part of Augsburg’s commitment to being a welcoming place for all, you are invited to join your colleagues for the Creating an Inclusive Campus Conference. Dr. Buffy Smith, University of St. Thomas professor of sociology and author of Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education will be the keynote speaker.

For more information, please refer to the workshop description and agenda. Sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and CTL.

Thursday, May 7 | Mid-career Faculty Workshop | 1:00-3:30pm in OGC 111

“Living Into Tenure: Mid-Career Faculty and the Teacher-Scholar Life”

Post-tenure faculty have moved into a new phase of their vocational journey – the phase of “having arrived.” The absence of the clear goals of our previous years, a PhD and tenure, can be both exciting and daunting. In this session, we ask faculty members who are post-tenure to join us in a discussion about the road ahead.  In many ways, we are a cohort of leaders for the college, balancing our ambitions within our discipline, our family and community commitments with those of the college we care for.  How will we grow as individuals to maximize the most productive years of our career?  How can Augsburg provide an institutional culture and framework that provides us diversity in opportunity, innovation in our teaching and research, and a pathway into full professorship and emeriti status?


Friday, May 8 | Preparing for Promotion and Review Workshop | 9:00am-Noon in OGC 103

The purpose of this workshop is to help faculty prepare for Third-Year, Tenure, Promotion, and other scheduled reviews, with special focus on ways to demonstrate effective teaching at Augsburg. This faculty development workshop will offer insight on the purpose of review, pragmatic advice about the process, interpretation of the expectations by level of review, ideas and examples for writing a personal statement and building a portfolio, and an opportunity to network with other faculty preparing for reviews.  Bring your questions and come prepared to participate actively in reflection and discussion about our work as faculty at Augsburg.  All faculty are welcome, with a special invitation for faculty up for a scheduled review in 2015-16 or 2016-17. Sponsored by CTL.

Friday, May 8 | AAUP Sponsored Lunch | 9:00am-Noon in OGC 103

Join your faculty colleagues for a free lunch sponsored by the AAUP.  Open to all Augsburg Faculty.  An AAUP chapter meeting will follow the lunch.


Monday, May 11 | All Hands Planning Summit | 9:00am-Noon in Si Melby Gym

The goal of this summit to open up a wider campus conversation on Augsburg’s future, with a particular focus on the second dimension of Augsburg’s strategic plan—Augsburg’s reputation and identity: Augsburg is at the table, framed by a presentation from Susan Brower, Minnesota’s state demographer.

We’ll hear responses to Ms. Brower’s presentation from Dr. Jacqui deVries, Director of General Education and Professor of History—what might these demographic trends mean for Augsburg’s academic program?—and from Joanne Reeck, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Campus Activities and Orientation—what might these demographic trends mean for Augsburg as a community?  President Paul Pribbenow will share some remarks on what these demographic trends might mean for Augsburg’s role in the region. Afterward, you’ll be invited to engage in some table conversation to explore concrete next steps.

In preparation for this time together, it’s recommended that you read this excellent article from the Brookings Institution.

Monday, May 11 | Gender and Sexuality Inclusivity Workshop | 1:00-3:00pm in the Marshall Room

This interactive workshop will provide faculty with tools to promote gender and sexuality inclusiveness in the classroom. Facilitators will share results from the recent campus diversity and inclusiveness survey, discuss terminology, specific examples of classroom inclusion practices, work through common classroom scenarios, and provide information about gender and sexuality resources at Augsburg.

All Augsburg faculty from across the college are welcome to attend, regardless of whether or not they have completed Ally Training.

Sponsored by CTL; led by Adriane Brown and Michael Grewe.


Tuesday, May 12 | Assessment Workshop I (Faculty) | 9:00am-4:30pm in KEN 303/305

Faculty should attend and work in their departments.

9:00am-Noon > Writing and Critical Thinking Action Planning

Noon-1:30pm > Working Lunch on Scaffolding Learning and Assessment

1:30-4:30pm > Major Assessment Outcome Mapping and Scaffolding.


Wednesday, May 13 | Assessment Workshop II (Faculty) | 9:00am-4:30pm in East Commons

Faculty should attend.

9:00am-Noon > Mapping the New Institutional Learning Outcomes across the curriculum (AugSem, LAF, Core, and Signature)

Noon-1:30pm > Working Lunch on AAC&U Value Rubrics

1:30-4:30pm > Professional Development for Teaching Global Learning and Civic Engagement and Rubric Training.


Thursday, May 14 | Increasing Access in Your Courses: A Practical Approach (Faculty) | 8:30-Noon in the Kennedy 305

Faculty should attend to learn and discuss how to increase instructional and educational accessibility.

Bring a syllabus for a course that you would like to work on.

Thursday, May 14 | Co-curriculum Assessment Workshop (Staff) | 9:00am-4:30pm in KEN 303/305

Interested Staff should attend. 8:30 am- noon: Mapping of Co-Curricular Learning Outcomes in Programs; 3 year Assessment Plan for Co-Curricular Assessment

Thursday, May 14 | Assessment Best Practices Working Lunch (Faculty and Staff) | Noon-1:30pm in KEN 303/305

Faculty and Staff engaged in assessment of student learning should attend. Noon-1:30 pm: Measuring Advances in Student Learning


Sunday, May 17 – Tuesday, May 19 |  Scholarly Writing Retreat | 2:00pm – 2:00pm (48 hours) at Dunrovin Retreat Center

Do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write / work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty and academic staff time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. The Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning will cover the cost of the retreat.  We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event.  Space is limited.  Sign-up with Tim Pippert (pippert@augsburg.edu)


Monday, May 18 | Inquiry-based Hybrid Course Design Workshop | 9:00-11:30am in OGC 113

“Creating an Inquiry-Based Approach to Hybrid Teaching and Learning”

Blended learning has become the dominant paradigm in 21st century higher education. In a recent edition of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks dedicated to blended learning, researchers Laumakis, Graham & Dziuban (2009) state that “… the impact of blended learning is potentially monumental – permanently changing how students interact with higher education …” (p.86). An inquiry-based approach to learning is based on John Dewey’s (1933) philosophy that education begins with the curiosity of the learner. This session will provide participants with a “hands on” opportunity to design inquiry-based learning activities that engage students and align with the learning outcomes for a hybrid course or program at Augsburg College.


Wednesday, May 20 | Brain Development & Civic Agency: Keys to Student Success | 9:30am-3:30pm in KEN 303/305

This workshop will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Stephanie Carlson, a nationally recognized researcher in child development and executive function, affiliiated with the Child Development Center at the University of Minnesota. Carlson will then engage in a roundtable discussion with Harry Boyte, from the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, about how college curriculum can develop students’ executive function. Boyte will make a case for civic agency as a key to student success. The second half of the day will feature break-out sessions on developing civic agency across the curriculum, with a particular focus on civic science. To view videos from the event, view the Sabo Center Events Page.


Thursday, May 21 | Grant Information and Recognition Lunch | Noon-1:30pm on the Urness Patio

The purpose of this event is to celebrate a successful year in grant seeking! This event is open to all, but especially suited to faculty who are interested in or currently seeking grant funding to support their scholarship. Attendees will enjoy a lovely meal while: 1) Hearing about our record breaking year in grant seeking; 2) Learning about the current research and scholarly activities on campus; and 3) Sharing ideas and opportunities for the future.


March 2015

 

Speaking of Scholarship – Sabbatical Speed Orating

The CTL is hosting a Speaking of Scholarship “speed orating” event featuring the work from 2013-2014 sabbaticals. The presentations will be short and accessible across all disciplines, hence “speed orating.”  This will allow for attendees to hear about multiple research projects in an informal, round-table discussion format. Please join us in celebrating your fellow colleagues’ work.

Monday, March 30th

3:15-4:15

Marshall Room


Our Passion to Teach – Discovery and Fulfillment of Our Teaching Values, Vision, and Purpose

Author and educator, Parker Palmer states, “Community, or connectedness, is the principle behind good teaching, but different teachers with different gifts create community in surprisingly diverse ways, using widely divergent methods.”

Building on Palmer’s assertion, and reflecting on and rekindling our own passion to teach has compelled a group of us at Augsburg, led by Dave Conrad, to create and offer interactive opportunities for faculty to gather, reflect on our teaching values and purpose, and to share our discoveries, challenges, and successes in our quest to do what we love to do most – teach. Instead of just seeking gaps, errors, and flaws in teaching, our group’s spirit and intent is to discover and help fulfill what we do best.

The initial conversation will be held on Thursday, March 26th, and we will take time to articulate what “Our Passion to Teach” dialogue series should be and become. If you want to join the conversation, please come to SVE 102 from 3:45-4:45. All you need to bring is your passion to teach.

Thursday, March 26th

3:45-4:45

SVE 102


CTL Coffee Discussion – Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom

Have you ever had a class session or meeting meltdown because a controversy or conflict got too hot to handle?  This CTL coffee will offer a chance to share stories, successes, and tips.  A brief presentation featuring strategies to handle “hot moments” will also be offered. In preparation for the discussion, please read Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom. While the article focuses on classroom discussions, our conversation will focus on several areas in which the moment can get heated.

Wednesday, March 25th

Lindell 202

10:30-11:30 a.m. (10:30 coffee, 10:45 discussion)


Creating Inclusive Courses

Please join your colleagues for an important workshop addressing the creation of courses that are inclusive to all out students. The workshop will be led by Dr. Timothy Lensmire, Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota.

Wednesday, March 4th

12:30-1:30 p.m.

OGC 100


February 2015

 

Continuing the Conversation – Faculty and Staff Discussion of Diversity Survey Results

Tuesday, February 17th

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Lindell 301


WISE 2015 Conference
Thursday and Friday, February 5-6, 2015
Pre-conference workshops: Wednesday February 4, 2015
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

WISE is the premier conference focused on the development of intercultural skills and awareness during study abroad and international travel. WISE is a practitioner’s conference focused on helping faculty leaders, program coordinators, and resident staff develop the knowledge and skills they need in order to help study abroad students develop intercultural skills and awareness.

WISE is designed for faculty who lead or teach short- or long-term programs abroad, and for study abroad professionals who assist students in this important cross-cultural experience. It is a place where faculty, study abroad professionals, and other international education and assessment experts can share insights, strategies and personal experiences about intercultural competency in practical, hands-on sessions.


Managing Scholarship with a Heavy Teaching Load

Please join this CTL-sponsored coffee in which we will discuss strategies for managing your scholarship at a teaching-centered institution.

In preparation for the discussion, please read the following articles:

Writing with a Heavy Teaching Load

The Habits of Highly Productive Writers

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

10:45 – 11:45

Lindell 202


January 2015

 

“What’s my grade?” Streamlining Student Feedback 

Join CTL, e-learning specialist Bonnie Tensen, and the academic LFCs for a workshop that addresses common pedagogical issues through technology. This workshop will provide faculty with tools for increasing student preparedness for class, decreasing students’ confusion about grading processes, and improving students’ understanding of classroom policies. Faculty will also have the opportunity to discuss their own pedagogical needs and ask about available tools.

Thursday, January 22

3:40-5:00 p.m.

SVE 206


AVID Professional Learning Sessions
Introduction to High Engagement Pedagogy (and WICOR)

Since 2009, Augsburg College has partnered with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) to support student success and provide students with tools and resources to assume responsibility for their own learning. The requisite skills for success fall under broad categories known as WICOR skills: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. This session will introduce easy-to-adopt high engagement WICOR strategies for use both in class and in preparation for class. Faculty who currently use AVID strategies will attest to the fact that these approaches are not ‘add-ons’ or one more thing to cram into an already packed syllabus, but effective ways to engage students in course content, discussions, and activities.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

3:40-5:00 p.m.

OGC 100


Fall 2014

 

AVID Professional Learning Sessions
Introduction to High Engagement Pedagogy (and WICOR)

Monday, Dec. 1 12:00 – 1:00 pm OGC100
Wednesday, Jan. 21 3:40 – 5:00 pm OGC100

Since 2009, Augsburg College has partnered with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) to support student success and provide students with tools and resources to assume responsibility for their own learning. The requisite skills for success fall under broad categories known as WICOR skills: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. This session will introduce easy-to-adopt high engagement WICOR strategies for use both in class and in preparation for class. Faculty who currently use AVID strategies will attest to the fact that these approaches are not ‘add-ons’ or one more thing to cram into an already packed syllabus, but effective ways to engage students in course content, discussions, and activities.


Technology Workshop – Improving Student Engagement Through Feedback

Join CTL, e-learning specialist Bonnie Tensen, and the academic LFCs for a workshop that addresses common pedagogical issues through technology. This workshop will provide faculty with tools for increasing student preparedness for class, decreasing students’ confusion about grading processes, and improving students’ understanding of classroom policies. Faculty will also have the opportunity to discuss their own pedagogical needs and ask about available tools.

Monday, November 17th

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Marshall Room


CLASS Office Brown Bag Discussion

Thursday, November 13

11:30-1:00

Lindell 202

Please join Kathy McGillivray, the new director of the CLASS office, and disability specialists for a brown bag discussion.  This will be an opportunity to discuss questions, concerns, and best practices for accommodating students with disabilities in your classes. Please watch Augsburg A-mail for more details.


Diversity and Global Learning
A series of brown bag conversations with Eric Canny, new Dean of Global Education – all events will be held from 12 to 1 pm. Bring your lunch or buy it in the Commons (Gen Ed will pick up the tab.)

Wednesday, Oct. 15 Where do / can diversity and global learning intersect in the curriculum?
(Augsburg Room)

Tuesday, Nov. 11 What barriers prevent us from effectively teaching DGL? What resources and collaborations would help? (Lindell 301)

Wednesday, Dec. 3 How can we help students achieve the SLO to “explain diverse positions and collaborate effectively across social, cultural and geographic differences?” (Riverside Room)


Gen Ed Faculty Development Series – Shifting from “What do we teach?” to “What do students learn?”

Critical Thinking (assessed in 2013-14)
Tuesday, Nov. 4,  3:40 – 5:00 OGC 111 Mary Lowe / Lori Brandt-Hale / Assessment Comm.
Wednesday, Nov. 5,  3:40 – 5:00 OGC 111 Mary Lowe / Lori Brandt-Hale / Assessment Comm.
What does it mean to teach “critical thinking”? We know we emphasize it, but what strategies work best? And how do our students perform on nationally calibrated tests? In this session (repeated twice), we will review assessment data from 2013-14 and explore a variety of high-impact teaching strategies.

Adobe Connect sessions/rooms have been added so anyone can join the meeting virtually.

Wednesday: http://connect.augsburg.edu/ctl_criticalthinking_2014-11-05/

Participants through Adobe Connect will see what is being shown on the screen and be able to hear the speakers through the web cam’s microphone (we will not be using the web cam’s video). Christy Mattingly (Academic Liaison for Computing) will log into Adobe Connect on the computer to start the session as the host, then we will click “Record” at the beginning of the workshop so the presentation can be viewed at a later date/time by those unable to make this time.

If you plan on participating through Adobe Connect, please provide Christy Mattingly mattingl@augsburg.edu with your phone number in case you are unable to hear the audio.


Called to Scholarship – “Hanging Little Joe on the Suburban Ponderosa, Or, What has the Middle Ages to do with the Old West?” – Phil Adamo

Co-sponsored by the Christensen Center for Vocation, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Department of History

October 29th

3:15-5:00 p.m.

OGC 100


CTL Book Group Discussion of  The Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich 

Facilitators: Bob Cowgill (English) & Elise Marubbio (American Indian Studies) 

12:20-1:30 Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and November 19 
Riverside Room, Christensen Center 

Set in 1988 on a North Dakota reservation, the 14th novel from Pulitzer finalist Louise Erdrich is the compelling story of a 13-year-old boy thrust into manhood after his mother is the victim of a brutal crime. The Star Tribune praises the book as “an artfully balanced mystery, thriller and coming-of-age story… [a] gripping tale of the effects of violence on a family.” This novel is the Many Voices Project common text used in English 111 this school year. The Reading Circle will examine Erdrich’s exploration of the lives of Native Americans and themes of violence, family, sovereignty and loss, and discuss how one facilitates discussion of these sometime difficult topics skillfully and with cultural sensitivity. 

Faculty and staff may sign up for the Reading Circle and pick up a book in the Department of Nursing SC 116. Please read to p. 148 for the first session. Participants are also invited to have lunch in the cafeteria courtesy of the Batalden Endowment. 

Questions can be directed to Matt Maruggi (maruggi@augsburg.edu) or Joyce Miller (millerj2@augsburg.edu).


GLOBAL LEARNING IN COLLEGE:
Cross-Cutting Capacities for 21st Century College Students

Network for Academic Renewal Conference
October 16-18, 2014
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Augsburg attendees should register for the Team Registration rate to receive a $50 discount.

For more information, please visit https://www.aacu.org/meetings/global/14/index.cfm


RACE WORKSHOP WITH PENUMBRA THEATRE

October 7, 3:40-5:40 p.m. Foss Studio

Jointly Sponsored by Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning 

Faculty and Staff – You are invited to participate in Penumbra Theatre Company’s RACE Workshop. As part of Augsburg’s commitment to being a welcoming place for all, this workshop is designed to continue the work of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee as well as build upon the momentum generated through the Creating an Inclusive Campus Conference. During this two-hour session, you will participate in a variety of activities that facilitate the exploration of your identity and the examination how your sense of self affects your perception of others. Monologues by Penumbra’s performance artists will help us hone in on the things that nurture or hinder human connection. By participating in this workshop, we hope to give you some tools to foster a deeper connection with students by first giving you the space to deeply connect with your own self. 

Space is limited for this event so please RSVP to ctl@augsburg.edu.


Webinar:  Intercultural Competence and Student Development: Working Toward a Fuller Picture of Global Learning

September 24, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Augsburg Room, Christensen Center

Kick off the new academic year with this stimulating conversation that taps into NAFSA’s growing community of practice focused on global learning.

Several instruments are designed to help locate college students on intercultural scales and measure changes in their perspectives over time. What does the data from these techniques reveal – and not – about students and their intercultural competence?

Jointly sponsored by Augsburg’s Office of International Programs, General Education, and CTL.

For more information, contact Leah Spinosa de Vega devaga@augsburg.edu.