Monday, March 26

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Faculty Forum - Curricular Realignment
Olin Auditorium 

6:30 PM - 'Children of Their City' Book Discussion led by Helene Leaf
Second in a series by Per Anders Fogelstrom that follows the life of a family in Stockholm.
Free admission 
Swenson Center, Denkmann Building 

7:30 PM - Visiting Scholar Program Lecture:  The Gay and the Angry: The Supreme Court, Gay Rights, and the Cultural Rearguard"
Pamela S. Karlan, co-director of Stanford's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, will speak on same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court
Free admission
102 Hanson Hall of Science 

Tuesday, March 27

10:45 AM - General Student Recital
Centennial Hall 

11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon - ePortfolio Workshop
RSVP to kristinajansson@augustana.edu
Olin 105

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Tom Christian, '12
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

3:30 - 4:30 PM - ePortfolio Workshop
RSVP to kristinajansson@augustana.edu
Olin 105 

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Pre-tenure Paid Leave Report Presentations
Letania Ferreira presents "Interpreting Agreement in a Rich Agreement Language: Data from Brazilian Portuguese"
Xiaowen Zhang presents "The Politics of Compliance with Adverse WTO Dispute Settlement Rulings in China"
Wilson Center 

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Ekklesia Study Group
Old Main 121

8:00 PM - Student Recital: Lisa Beggs and Dylan Hinrichs, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Wednesday, March 28

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

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Faculty, Staff & Administrators' Bible Study
Bible Study for faculty, staff, and administrators
Bring your lunch and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

Thursday, March 29

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation: Bishop Gene Robinson "Being Gay and Religious: Mission Impossible?"
Centennial Hall

4:00 PM - Jaeke Nomination forms due in 116 Founders Hall

Friday, March 30

NO Friday Conversation this week

9:00 - 10:00 AM - ePortfolio Workshop
RSVP to Kristina Jansson
Olin 105 

3:30 - 4:30 PM - ePortfolio Workshop
RSVP to Kristina Jansson
Olin 105 

4:30 - 6:30 - Reception for the 36th Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition
The exhibition catalog will be debuted and awards will be announced in the Augustana College Art Museum at 5:40 PM
Free admission
Art Museum, Centennial Hall 

4:30 PM - American Academy of Religion Midwest Conference: Religion and Fear 
Sessions and the keynote address by Dr. Jason Bivins of North Carolina are free and open to all
See a complete schedule of session tracks and talks
Carlson Evald Hall 

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Artists in Profile: Erin Freund
Harpist Eric Freund will be featured on public television WQPT 

Saturday, March 31

9:00 AM - Swedish Genealogy Workshop
RSVP to Jill Seaholm 309.794.7204 no later than 3-28-12 
Free to American Scandinavian Assoc. members; $5 for non-members
Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Denkmann Building 

11:00 AM - Swedish Genealogy Workshop (see above)

5:00 - 8:00 PM - Trinity Lutheran Church Founder's Day Celebration
Featuring a benediction service, dinner and talk by Dr. Roald Tweet, about the time when Trinity was founded, between the beginnign of the 20th century and World War I
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th Street, Moline, Illinois

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Erin Freund, harp
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Sunday, April 1

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday begins on the library lawn where palms are given out and then the service processes into Ascension Chapel. The service is openly ecumenical within a Lutheran perspective, this service features a variety of worship settings, Holy Communion, a sermon usually by one of the Chaplains, and special music. 
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Call Symphony Office for ticket information 563.322.0931
Centennial Hall 

Volume 9, Issue 26 - March 26, 2012

ACTL

Greetings from the Center for Teaching & Learning.

Welcome to week 4.

If you have free time this Wednesday afternoon, you might want to join us for a discussion of potential Grant Opportunities. Several of your colleagues who have been successful in acquiring both internal and external grants will be on hand to share their experiences and sage advice. The session will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the Wilson Center.

A recent article in Inside Higher Ed caught my eye this week that I wanted to share. It seems that, as part of their strategic plan, Lasell College is "'basically mandating'" that "100 percent of faculty [actively use] the college's Moodle-based learning management system" according to their president Michael B. Alexander. "[A]t a minimum, an instructor will have to use the online platform to take attendance, post assignments, and post grades." I can guess what you're thinking; I too scoffed at the audacity of even using the words "mandate" and "faculty" in the same sentence! But what intrigued me was the claim that

"the LMS is being seen as increasingly crucial to the modern college -- not necessarily because it enables students to learn more, but because it enables colleges to learn more about students." (emphasis added) 

I had just been in a conversation with some of our faculty and Mike Eisenberg (of Project Information Literacy) about "big data;" he had recommended a recent issue of Popular Science that focused on just that topic. I had wondered for a while if there wasn't a way to make use of all the data that moodle is collecting to help improve student learning. Maybe there's something there--what do you think?

Interested?

Jon Clauss
Augustana Center for Teaching & Learning