Monday, February 1

4:00 PM - Sabbatical Report:
Darrin Good presents "Developing Medical Service Learning in Nicaragua: A Multi-faceted Attack"
Wilson Center

Tuesday, February 2

10:45 AM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

11:30 -11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflections - Max Petersen, '10
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd Floor

7:30 PM - Second Ethnographic Film Festival:  "Reassemblage" by TRINH MINH- HA
And witness the life of Senegalese Villagers
Science Building, Room 304

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Christine Robertson, soprano
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, February 3

9:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Evald Hall

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study "Life's meaning and purpose"
Chicago Room, College Center
Bring your lunch if you wish. Bring your Bible, or there are extras to use.

7:00 PM - Piñero - The fourth entry in the 15th Hispanic Film Festival
In Spanish with English subtitles.  Free of charge.
Science Building Auditorium

9:30 PM - Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

Thursday, February 4

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Full Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Convocation: Dr. Cal DeWitt "What does the Bible and Science have to say about Caring for Creation?"
Centennial Hall

4:30 - 6:00 PM - Faculty Research Forum
Refreshments will be served
Dahl Room, College Center

5:30 PM - Rituals and Practices (prior RSVP needed)
Wilson Center

7:00 PM - The River Readings at Augustana: Richard Katrovas
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Prior to the reading, a Q & A open session will be held in the Library, Room 518, from 3:30-4:30 PM

7:00 PM - Center for Polar Studies Lecture Series:  "Ultima Thule: Archaeological Investigations in Northwest Greenland"
Dr. Christyann Darwent, University of California-Davis
John Deere Planetarium Lecture Hall

7:00 PM - Rêves de poussière (Dreams of Dust) - final feature of the annual French film fest
In French with English subtitles. Free of charge.
Olin Auditorium

Friday, February 5

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations: Working with Editors. Presented by: Molly Todd and Peter Kivisto
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Dahl Room, 2nd Floor, College Center

6:30 PM - Honors Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Saturday, February 6

1:30 PM - The Secret Garden (Theater)
$12 general, $10 seniors and students. 
Order tickets
Potter Theater, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Quad City Symphony with Handel Oratorio Society-Carmina Burana
Ticket price: $8 and up. Available only through Quad City Symphony www.qcsymphony.com/
Adler
Theatre


Sunday, February 7

10:30 AM - Sunday Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony with Handel Oratorio Society-Carmina Burana
Ticket price: $8 and up. Available only through Quad City Symphony www.qcsymphony.com/
Centennial Hall

5:00 PM - Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

7:30 PM - The Secret Garden (Theater)
$12 general, $10 seniors and students.  Order tickets
Potter Theater, Bergendoff Hall

 

 

 

 

Volume 8, Issue 19 - February 1, 2010

ACTL

Greetings from the Center for Teaching & Learning.

If you regularly read this newsletter (or your email), then you know that ACTL is coordinating a pilot of a new instrument for student ratings of instruction. The instrument is provided by The IDEA Center, which offers evaluation tools for individual instructors, departments and administrators. A non-profit organization, the IDEA Center's mission is "to serve colleges and universities committed to improving learning, teaching, and leadership performance." They also work very closely with the POD Network, the professional organization that supports faculty development. 

ACTL is helping to coordinate this pilot for several reasons. Foremost among them, I believe that one of the most effective ways to improve teaching and learning is by improving course design and assessment. The IDEA Center allows a faculty member to identify the learning objectives that are most relevant to their course, focuses the survey results on those objectives and provides information to guide improvement in those areas.

If you would like to know more about the instrument itself, including sample forms and sample reports, look here; if you are curious as to whether this is an improvement over our current SRI, you might want to consider these points. If, after taking a look you're convinced it's worth a try, I encourage you to help out: volunteer to participate in the pilot. If you'd like to do so, drop me an email.

In the meantime, have a great week nine!

Jon Clauss
Augustana Center for Teaching & Learning