Monday, November 29

7:00 PM - Nicaragua Medical Service Informational Meeting
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Tuesday, November 30

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

11:30 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Laura Mahn, Religion Department
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

Food Reads: "Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen"
Thomas Tredway Library, Room 518

5:00 PM - Botswana Exchange Program Informational Meeting
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

6:00 PM - Lingnan Exchange Program Informational Meeting
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

7:00 PM - Spring Break in Guatemala Informational Meeting
Evald 18

Wednesday, December 1

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

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study Group
led by Pastor Priggie
Bring your lunch, if you wish, and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

1:30 PM - Augustana Endowment Society
The program will be Christmas music from Augustana Chamber Singers directed by Jon Hurty
Westerlin Residence Center Lounge

4:00 PM - Summer in Greece Informational Meeting
Olin 333

7:30 PM - Parisian Visual Culture in the Era of Thomas Edison
Dr. Hollis Clayson, a historian of 19th-century European art, will give a lecture, "Episodes of Parisian Visual Culture in the Era of Thomas Edison: Printmaking and Illumination Discourse." Reception following in the Augustana Art Museum in Centennial Hall
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building

Thursday, December 2

10:30 - 11:30 AM - IDEA SRI Training Session
RSVP to Jon Clauss
Olin 202

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Natural Science Division Meeting
Science 102

11:30 - 12:30 - Faculty Senate Meeting
Hanson Hall of Science 102

3:30 - 4:30 PM - After Hours Poetry & Prose
Thomas Tredway Library, Room 518

4:00 - 5:00 PM - A Sesquicentennial Christmas
Thomas Tredway Library, 2nd floor, South

4:30 PM - Study in London Informational Meeting
Olin Auditorium

Friday, December 3

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations:  "Immersion Term 2010: Out of our minds, up to our necks, or over our heads?"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Christmas at Augustana
Hymns, carols and songs, featuring choirs, brass, orchestra and organ. Ensembles include the Augustana Choir, Augustana Brass Ensemble, Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Cantilena Augustana, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and the Wennergerg Men's Chorus.
Order tickets online at www.augustana.edu/tickets or by phone at 309.794.7306. $20 for Adults, $10 for children and students, $15 for seniors.
Centennial Hall

Saturday, December 4

2:00 PM - Season of Light Planetarium Show
Admission is free, but reservations are requested 309.794.7327. The program is not recommended for children ages 7 and under. Doors will open 15 minutes before the program. Late-comers will not be admitted.
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory

4:00 PM - Christmas at Augustana
Hymns, carols and songs, featuring choirs, brass, orchestra and organ. Ensembles include the Augustana Choir, Augustana Brass Ensemble, Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Cantilena Augustana, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and the Wennergerg Men's Chorus.
Order tickets online at www.augustana.edu/tickets or by phone at 309.794.7306. $20 for Adults, $10 for children and students, $15 for seniors.
Centennial Hall

Sunday, December 5

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra Concert
Centennial Hall

2:00 PM - Season of Light Planetarium Show
Admission is free, but reservations are requested, 309.794.7327. The program is not recommended for children ages 7 and under. Doors will open 15 minutes before the program. Late-comers will not be admitted.
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory

5:00 pm - Study in Vietnam Informational Meeting
Hanson Hall of Science 102

 

 

Volume 8, Issue 14 - November 29, 2010

This Week's Message

Friday Conversations This Week - December 3, 2010

Immersion Term 2010: Out of our minds, up to our necks, or over our heads?

What would you do if you had more time and freedom to accomplish your course objectives? What if you didn't have to do it alone but worked together with a colleague from a related field? How would interdisciplinary team-teaching on an expanded timetable change how you spent your time in and out of the classroom? How would it change the expectations you have for yourself, your colleagues, and your students? What would it feel like to have more than 20 hours of contact time in the classroom and the field each week, both for us and our students? What might we gain from this kind of experience, and what (if anything) might we lose?

In an effort to address these questions and others, the four of us (Geedey, Heine, Harrington and Storl) piloted a pair of Teagle-supported immersion experiences during the 2010 fall term. For Geedey and Heine, the Hydroecology experience was a first step into immersive team teaching and was, as might be expected, a big one. For Harrington and Storl, the Neurophilosophy experience seemed at first to be a natural extension of their previously-offered learning community, but in its new format, presented a host of new challenges and opportunities. Although the two immersion groups differed markedly in the amount of time they spent wading around in Midwestern waterways, there were times when we all felt that we might be at risk of drowning. And yet, despite the challenges these experiences presented on a number of fronts, there were great benefits too. During this Friday conversation, we'll describe these immersion experiences and try to convey, both subjectively and objectively, their positive and negative impacts on participating students and faculty.

 

~~Ian Harrington