February 24, 2009

info about OIT from Kate

Our OIT neighbors are getting a blurb in their e-mail newsletter about all the things CTL does. I asked Lisa Keith to send us the same about them. Here it is.

*/OIT Vision/*

To be one of the best information technology support organizations in higher education.

*/OIT Mission/*

Serve as a catalyst for innovatively leveraging technology to advance and support extraordinary education, breakthrough research, and dynamic public engagement

*/OIT Goal/*

Advance the University of Minnesota’s goal of becoming one of the top three public research universities through the innovative and strategic application of information technologies.

For a longer, more indepth look at our Mission, Vision and Goals, please check out

*Java and Web Services (JaWS)* provides innovative computing solutions to a wide variety of University departments and organizations. We are focused on using cutting edge technologies to assist teaching, learning and research on campus. Our team of developers have a rich breadth and depth of experience to draw upon when working on projects.

Many of the projects implemented by JaWS play an integral part of the campus environment. Applications such as MyU Portal, WebCT Vista and UMWiki provide access to thousands of users to collaborate and learn using the internet. We provide services for interactive web pages, databases, 3D graphics, video, hosting, collaboration, customization and integration solutions. Please check out our Services page for additional information.

February 10, 2009

*Conversation with Marcia Baxter Magolda*

Postsecondary Education Research Institute and Department of
Educational Policy and Administration
*Tuesday, February 24*
*11:05 am to 12:05 pm*
*Arthur Upson Room, Walter Library 102*
*All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend*

Baxter Magolda is Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Miami University of Ohio. She received her masters and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Higher Education. She teaches student development theory and inquiry courses in the College Student Personnel masters program. Her scholarship addresses the evolution of learning and development in college and young adult life, the role of gender in development, and pedagogy to promote self-authorship.

January 29, 2009

Faculty Learning Communities

Advertising is getting underway for academic year 2009-10 faculty learning communities. Make it known in your circles. Word of mouth works.

Spring TES

Spring TES - read all about the 4 sessions at
Then, spread the word to the students and faculty with whom you work!


/Transform /is coming out soon. Watch for it in your mailboxes. In this issue, Paul Ching has written two really interesting article reviews, one about cheat sheets and the other about the influence of seat location and class performance. The two main themes of this issue are: 1) emerging technologies in the learning environment, and 2) where the University is with the SLOs and liberal education course recertification.

Please take copies of /Transform/ along when you consult, present, and give workshops on campus. Take it along to your committees. We always order extra copies to distribute in this way. (In fact, pass along some of the Fall 2008 issues, as well. They're in the copier room.) Also, Caroline has joined the team, contributing her eagle eyes during the crucial proof-reading stage. Many thanks to her, as well as Bill, Chris, and Aubrie who play vital roles in getting /Transform/ done and distributed.

CTL workshops

Past workshops: Jeff delivered a workshop to 30 peer assisstants and three instructors at the Carlson school on the topic of being an effective peer assistant.

Bill and Jeff met on Monday with a School of Nursing faculty learning community focusing on competency based learning and assessment. We are currently looking at the possibility of using electronic portfolios in assessing newly established School of Nursing competencies.

Upcoming workshops: Deb and Bill will be giving the first of a series of workshops for the graduate school this semester. The first is entitled: "Assessment: tips, tools, and strategies" and will be presented this coming Tuesday.

Deb will be presenting "Effective Questioning for Teaching and Learning" to the College of Veterinary Medicine (next week, I believe--Deb could you clarify?).

CTL All Center Staff meeting

The next All Center Staff meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb 10th in the main meeting room.

January 6, 2009


A team of individuals did some more renovating/picture hanging/organizing in the language lab and a couple other spaces. Errr….in fact, some of us once again found it hard to stop…


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