Friday, August 05, 2011

'Faculty have the best job in the world and the right to complain about it.'

- Katie King of Elon U., responding to my question about her busy summer yesterday.  
You can complain... or see book:
Engaging Student Voices
 in the Study of Teaching and Learning

We were talking about her plans for our Symposium session next Thurs Aug 11.  She and some colleagues (probably including a student) from Elon U. will be describing how they have been forming and supporting small mixed group collaboration (faculty, student, et al.) to improve specific undergrad courses... in response to faculty requests.
She will also introduce her new work on mixed inquiry collaborations.  

Join us Aug 9, 11 1-2PM EDT for the TLT Group's 4th Annual Online Symposium  "You are not alone!" Queries and Strategies for Frugal Innovation and Collaborative Change 
[If you missed the first session Aug 3, you can still find a full recording and lots of other info at]
Free registration for TLT Group Members; Fee for non-members.

You are not alone!

More about the Symposium:
  • We'll examine specific kinds of small group collaboration already successful at some institutions: Student-Faculty, Faculty-Faculty, Faculty-Librarian, Faculty-Faculty Development, Faculty-Tech...
  • We'll discuss how to develop and apply each of these to current major challenges: moving from textbooks to online options; moving from entirely F2F classes to hybrid or online; moving from institution-wide LMS to multiple web-based tools... how to keep moving forward in the midst of churning...
  • We'll keep returning to a fundamental challenge for Frugal Innovation:  How to take fuller advantage of underutilized resources;  i.e., how to encourage and enable faculty and staff to take fuller advantage (find/import/adapt/use) of underutilized 
    available resources to which they are already entitled?
    1. Internal resources [resources formally affiliated with one’s own institution or colleagues within that institution]?
    2. External resources? Especially Free, open, apparently high potential? [How transition from “NIH”?]
    3. Very external resources: courses for which the lead faculty member is based at some other institution?
  • Guest presenters will describe/demonstrate specific kinds of successful small-group collaboration.
  • Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and suggest alternatives and improvements. We hope that each of you will learn both from the invited presenters and from each other.
  • These sessions will shape the TLT Group's agenda for our weekly FridayLive! online sessions in 2011-12 (beginning Sept. 9, 2pm Eastern) and other projects.
  • We welcome all in higher education - faculty, librarians, faculty developers, administrators, but we especially encourage small groups of colleagues from the same institution.

  • Photo of  big wrestler arguing with referee "The Big Show arguing with referee Scott Armstrong...10 June 2009...picture is taken by me at WWE Raw House Show at Finland in 2009" WikiMoon3 [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Photo of "Footprints in the beach at Tramore Strand...from the Geograph project collection." 22 July 2008 .The copyright on this image is owned by Ross and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0‎ 

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