Monday, October 25

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY Faculty Meeting: Transition/Feedback
Wilson Center

Tuesday, October 26

10:45 AM - General Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

11:00 AM - Farmer's Market
College Center Lobby

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Kate Gibson '11
Ascension Chapel, 2nd floor, Founders Hall

3:00 PM - Class Recital-British and American Song Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

6:00 - 8:00 PM - Hallowdreen
Andreen Hall

8:00 PM - Student Recital-Kenzie Conner, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, October 27

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Clothesline Project Fundraising Bake Sale
Tredway Library, 2nd floor

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study w/Pastor Priggie 
"Teachable Moments"
Bring a Bible, or one will be provided. Bring your lunch, if you wish
Chicago Room, College Center

3:00 - 4:00 PM - President Bahl's Open Office Hour
Thomas Tredway Library, Brew by the Slough

8:00 PM - Jazz Combo Soiree
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Thursday, October 28

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

2:00 - 3:00 PM - Frieze Lecture:  Ivory Tower or Front Porch?
presented by Roald Tweet
Rock Island Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, Illinois

4:30 - 6:00 PM - Faculty Research Forum
Dahl Room, College Center

4:30 - 6:00 PM - After Hours Poetry & Prose
Thomas Tredway Library, Room 518

5:00 - 11:00 PM - College Night at the Figge
College students, faculty and staff are invited to this free event featuring the special exhibit "Dancing Towards Death". The exhibit includes works by Hans Holbein, Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt, and more
Figge Art Museum map

Friday, October 29

All Day - Denim Day
Augustana is participating in the Lee Denim Day fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and research. Contribute $5 and wear your jeans in support.
Contact Sherry Docherty

3:30 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: Week 10 Reception
Wilson Center 
Child care available: contact Mary Koski

8:00 PM - Fall Choir Concert
The Augustana Choir & Augustana College's premiere vocal ensemble concert of a cappella and accompanied works
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 N. Brady St., Davenport, IA map

Saturday, October 30

2:00 PM - Concert Band and Flute Choir
Flute choir alumni will return to play this concert. Concert features traditional and contemporary works
Centennial Hall

7:30 PM - Dah Teater: "Crossing the Lines"
Visiting artists Dah Teater, a Serbian theatre troupe, performs "Crossing the Lines"  from the book "Women's Side of War"
Admission is Free. Contact Augustana Ticket Office for reservations
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Building

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphonic Band Concert
Contemporary and traditional works featuring composers such as Sousa, Ticheli, Corigliano, and others
Centennial Hall

Sunday, October 31

7:30 PM - Bach Vespers
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

Volume 8, Issue 10 - October 25, 2010

ACTL

Greetings from the Center for Teaching & Learning.

As you know the SRSC (Student Ratings Supervisory Committee) has submitted a motion to the President for the upcoming Faculty Meeting to replace our current SRI with the IDEA Center's instrument. As director of ACTL I support this motion; here are some reasons why.

In "Learning-Centered Evaluation of Teaching,"[1] Trav Johnson "argue(s) that it is both reasonable and feasible to evaluate a faculty member's teaching according to:

As the participants of the pilot can attest, the IDEA Center's SRI

"focuses on student learning of 12 specific objectives...tailor[ing] each report to fit the instructor's selected learning objectives.... Rather than emphasizing teaching style or personality, the IDEA system focuses on student learning and the methods used to facilitate it."[2]

The IDEA Center's SRI also allows for comparisons of individuals, departments and programs to both campus data and discipline-specific national norms, providing "a firm basis for identifying strengths and diagnosing areas in need of improvement, while factoring out variables beyond the instructor's control, such as student work habits, student motivation, and class size."[3] In fact, we will eventually be able to compare our results to a group of 6-10 peer institutions that use the IDEA SRI, as chosen by us.

Perhaps most important to me as director of ACTL, the IDEA Center "offers recommendations for improvement based on our vast national database"[4] through their Knowledge Base.[5] Written in collaboration with the POD Network these papers are a resource to support teaching improvement and "address specific ways to facilitate learning on the [instructor's selected learning] objectives."[6]

I encourage you to take a look at the IDEA Center's website or to talk with members of the faculty who participated in the pilot. Of course, I welcome your comments or questions.

Jon Clauss
Augustana Center for Teaching & Learning


[1] To Improve the Academy, vol 27, 2009, pgs 332-348
[2] http://theideacenter.org/node/5
[3] ibid
[4] ibid
[5] http://theideacenter.org/category/helpful-resources/knowledge-base
[6] ibid