Weekly News and Tip, February 21, 2008

Tip - Teaching in Times of Crisis
The shootings at Northern Illinois University remind us yet again that violence on campus and elsewhere is possible and can affect our students. Whether events are local, national, or international, they can cast a shadow over our classrooms. For ideas on teaching in times of crisis, see this advice from Vanderbilt University.
*The Vanderbilt site links to its own student counseling center. Please refer ISU students to ISU Student Counseling Services, or 294-5056.
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Announcements - CELT Programming
Register for CELT events via AccessPlus (go to the Employee tab, then to HRS Training > Continue > Courses).

  • Two PowerPoint training sessions will be held tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 22, both in 1230 Communications:
    • PowerPoint II: Working with Objects and Multimedia Tools, 1:10-3 p.m.
    • PowerPoint III: Using Animation and Branching Tools, 3:10-5 p.m.
  • Faculty Forum: Reaching the Net Generation Through Blended Learning, Monday, Feb. 25, 12:10-1:30 p.m. in the MU Campanile Room. Speakers will describe ways to use WebCT, Wimba, and Moodle to enhance teaching. Bring your lunch; beverages and desserts are provided.
  • Two WebCT GOLD sessions will be held next week, both in 1230 Communications:
    • Communication Tools and Strategies, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2:10-3:40 p.m.
    • Managing Students and Grades, Friday, Feb. 29, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Not for LAS only! All are invited to Master Teachers on Large Classes, a panel discussion with the 2007-08 LAS Master Teachers, Thursday, Feb. 28, 3.30-5 p.m. in the MU Campanile Room.

FYI - Creativity Outcome Group Meets; Webcast on Online Learning and Land-Grant Universities
  • All are welcome to the Creativity Outcome Center meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26, 12-1 p.m., 1121 Human Nutritional Sciences Building (next to LeBaron Auditorium). We will continue sharing resources and best practices in helping students learn creativity, working toward better defining and assessing this ability.
  • The Strategic Case for Online Learning: Access, Engagement and Success, webcast, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 12:00-1:30 p.m., 1230 Communications. NASULGC President Peter McPherson and land-grant university presidents will share their views about online learning in higher education.

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