Ballou Students Partner with GU Students on Civic Engagement Projects

In partnership with students from Professor Heather Voke’s Civic Engagement and Education course at Georgetown, Ballou High School students have collaborated to develop projects including a student government, a course catalogue, a senior class fund, and an activities fair. The Civic Engagement and Education course is part of CNDLS’ Engelhard Project and Doyle Initiative.  On Thursday, October 29th, these students will present their projects to the public in Ballou’s library.

For more information about this project, contact Masako Chen.

Randy Bass Speaks at ISSOTL Conference

This weekend, 650 people gathered at Indiana University for a meeting of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). CNDLS’ Randy Bass, a founding member of ISSOTL, spoke at panels and workshops on the following topics: In Search of the Humanities in (IS)SOTL, SOTL 2.0: The Next Ten Years of Technology, and Social Pedagogies: Exploring a Design Framework Through the Evidence of Learning.

Georgetown faculty Michael Coventry (CCT) and Heidi Elmendorf (Biology), both frequent collaborators with CNDLS, also participated in the conference.

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education describes some of the questions explored at the conference, and quotes Randy Bass on the need for “middle spaces” in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The article also mentions CNDLS’ Digital Story Multimedia Archive.

For more information on the conference, visit the ISSOTL ’09 website.

Digital Commons Podcast on Electronic Portfolios

CNDLS’ Digital Commons team has just released the first in a new series of podcasts that will explore uses of digital tools in Georgetown classrooms. In this conversation, Professors Michael Coventry and Jeanine Turner discuss how they’re experimenting with portfolio blogs in the Communication, Culture, and Technology graduate program.  Visit the Digital Commons Labs blog to find out more and listen to the conversation.

Georgetown Faculty Invited to “Meaningful Outcomes” workshop at AU

Georgetown faculty are invited to join colleagues at American University for a workshop with Dr. Fletcher McClellan (Elizabethtown College) on Friday, October 30th. The workshop will focus on the value of student learning assessment and key elements of the assessment process. Geared specifically toward faculty in political science, international affairs and related departments, Dr. McClellan’s presentation will include models of meaningful program assessment and discussion of assessment as it relates specifically to the disciplines of government and political science.

As department chair, Associate Dean of Faculty, and Interim Provost at Elizabethtown College, Dr. McClellan has led the College’s assessment efforts at the program and institutional levels. He has presented papers and workshops on assessment at national conferences in political science and higher education administration. In addition to his work in teaching and learning, his research focuses on the American presidency, the politics of administration, and U.S. government policy toward Native Americans.

The workshop will be held Friday, October 30, 2009. Registration and coffee: 9:30-10:00 am. Formal program: 10 am- noon. Lunch and informal discussions: noon-1 pm.  The workshop will take place at American University’s Mary Graydon Center, Room 4.  Directions to AU and campus maps can be found here.

The program (including lunch) is free for Georgetown faculty.  Space is limited, so please RSVP by 12:00pm on October 26th to Mindy McWilliams at CNDLS.

Coming This Spring: MAALLT-SEALLT Conference on “Our Changing Environments: Cultivating New Spaces, Tools, and Ideas in Language Learning”

In the following post, CNDLS’ Peter Janssens (Assistant Director for Instructional Resources) and Susan Pennestri (Instructional Coordinator and Language Learning Lab Director) share some news about an exciting conference coming to Georgetown in March.

In recent years, CNDLS has taken a leadership role in the regional language learning technologists community. Gorky Cruz and Susan Pennestri are Board members of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Language Learning Technologies (MAALLT) and Peter Janssens is the association’s president.  Next spring, we are taking our involvement one step further by hosting a language learning technology conference on the Georgetown campus! The event will take place at the end of spring break, from March 10 to 13, 2010. Together with our sister association for the Southeast (SEALLT), we are inviting current and future language teachers, lab managers, and instructional designers to share ideas around the theme Our Changing Environments: Cultivating New Spaces, Tools, and Ideas in Language Learning.

CNDLS staff and Georgetown FLL faculty will have a strong involvement in the event, which features Randy Bass as a keynote speaker. But we are reaching out to the entire region, from Maryland to Florida, from the District to Kentucky – and even to our colleagues on Georgetown’s Doha, Qatar campus.

Events will include pre-conference workshops showcasing CNDLS’ latest resources and research on learning technologies  as well as faculty presentations, round tables, poster sessions, and vendor exhibits. We are also coordinating and developing synergies with the 2010 Georgetown University Round Table (GURT) conference, which will draw linguists and foreign language professionals from around the world to Georgetown during the same time. We expect the MAALLT-SEALLT 2010 conference to be a great opportunity for language teaching and technology professionals to connect with each other and with CNDLS.

AT workshop tomorrow on “Designing Assignments with Information Fluency”

Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10:15, CNDLS’ Janet Russell, with staff members from Gelardin, Lauinger, Blommer, and Dahlgren libraries, will facilitate a new Apprenticeship in Teaching workshop, “Designing Assignments with Information Fluency.”  It will be held in Lauinger 158. This workshop will focus on creating assignments that require students to engage in course subject matter in ways that develop their library research skills, habits of thinking and of practice.

For information on other upcoming workshops, or to register for workshops, visit the AT workshop page.

Georgetown Digital Commons Update: Fall 2009 Blogs and Wikis

Here’s an update on Georgetown Digital Commons blogs and wikis from Anna Kruse:

These fall months mark the fifth semester we’ve offered WordPress blogs through the Georgetown Digital Commons.  Beginning modestly in fall 2007 with a dozen course blogs and 23 course blogs at the beginning of the following semester, we’ve already overseen the setup of 74 course blogs this semester– only four weeks in.  Other numbers for the fall semester include the creation of over 250 portfolio blogs, some requested independently by students and some requested in bulk by professors requiring their students to develop online portfolios.

We offered (and continue to offer) MediaWiki wikis, but this semester we’ve launched the Georgetown Digital Commons’ installation of Wikispaces, a more intuitive wiki software that I briefly wrote about in June.  It has proven popular already, with 15 courses (and a handful of groups and scholars) using the software during its inaugural semester.

Check out the Georgetown Digital Commons “Get Ideas” page for examples of blogs and wikis in action.

Engelhard Project Profiled in Georgetown Alumni Online

Georgetown Alumni Online recently published an article on the Engelhard Project. The article explores how the Project has been integrated into various courses and what sort of impact the Project has had at Georgetown. In the article, Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson explains that “curriculum infusion is a powerful way we live out our Jesuit commitment to cura personalis – the care of the whole person, and of her/his unique needs. This model enables us to connect with students in new ways, and to help students make new connections – between their own lives and the intellectual ideas they’re exploring in class.”

For more information on the Project, see the Engelhard Project site.

Project Rebirth featured in Huffington Post interview

In an interview with Brad Listi of the Huffington Post, Jim Whitaker (Georgetown C’90), founder of Project Rebirth, says:

“About three years into the project, I realized the project might have the potential to help people in a meaningful way when it was completed. And after showing it to a group of academics at Georgetown University, we also discovered that there had never before been a long-term, filmed study of the effects of mass trauma and grief of this length and magnitude. So Columbia’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning and Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship have partnered to create the Project Rebirth Center for Trauma and Recovery in memory and support of 911 first-responders and future first-responders to natural and man-made disasters. The outgrowth of this center, which has been led by Project Rebirth’s Chairman of the Board, Brian Rafferty, has been incredibly gratifying. It’s given me an even greater sense of purpose in making the film.”

More information about CNDLS’ contribution to Project Rebirth can be found here. Look for updates on the Project Rebirth Learning Collaboratory soon.

Project Rebirth

On this 8th anniversary of September 11, 2001, we invite you to learn more about Project Rebirth, a documentary film directed by Jim Whitaker (Georgetown C’90) which chronicles the recovery of ten people coping with the aftermath of 9/11 and the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.  In collaboration with Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), CNDLS is working to develop the Project Rebirth Educational Collaboratory, which will create a social learning environment for the study of the Project Rebirth footage.  The Collaboratory will bring together a diverse community of researchers, educators, and community-based practitioners working in a variety of disciplines, including psychology, linguistics, health, and film studies.

More information about Project Rebirth and the Educational Collaboratory can be found here.  A summary and video of a panel discussion among Columbia and Georgetown faculty about how they have incorporated Project Rebirth into their courses can be found here.