Monday, October 19

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Walk-in Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

4:00 PM - LSFY 102 Meeting
Chicago Room, College Center

4:00 PM - Sabbatical Reports:  Chuck Hyser "Longfellow, a step beyond the PDS (professional development school) and Dan Lee "Human Rights, the Ethics of Globalization, and Jeannette Rankin"
Olin 304

4:30 PM - Augustana Chamber Choral Festival Finale Concert
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:00 PM - Teach for America, Kerri Keafer
Evald 17

Tuesday, October 20

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

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

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Emily Weller, '10
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

2:00 PM - Advancing Augustana, a conversation led by President Bahls
Evald Great Hall

3:00 PM - Walk-in Hour with Jeff - See Monday, 10/19
Founders Hall

5:00 PM - Faculty Conversation on interest in Augustana Study Abroad Program in Europe
Carlsson Evald Great Hall

7:30 PM - Guest Speaker, Dr. Gregory Gilbert, on "Andy Warhol and the Rise of Photographic Culture
Larson Hall
followed by Augustana College Art Museum reception

8:00 PM - Student Recietal - Melissa Goode, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, October 21

9:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Carlsson Evald Great Hall

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study: Listening to New Voices About Faith
Chicago Room, College Center
Bring your lunch if you wish. Bring your Bible, or there are extras to use.

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

Thursday, October 22

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation: Alison Malmon, mental health advocate, "What do you wish you could talk about?"
Centennial Hall

11:30 AM - Advancing Augustana, a conversation led by President Bahls
Evald Great Hall Rescheduled for October 20th @ 2 PM

2:00 PM - "The Real Mary Wollstonecraft" - Don Erickson - Frieze Lecture Series
Coffee and thought-provoking conversations follow the presentation
Community Room, Rock Island Main Library
401 19th Street

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

Friday, October 23

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: General Education Discussion on the Future of Learning Communities
3:30 PM - refreshments
Wilson Center

7:00 - 9:00 PM - "Recent Paintings" by Peter Xiao and Les Bell, opening reception
Quad City Arts, 1715 2nd Avenue, Rock Island

7:30 PM - The Big Funk (Theater)
Potter Theater, Bergendoff Hall
Tickets are $10 general, $8 seniors/students

8:00 PM - Augustana Jazz Ensemble Concert
Centennial Hall

Saturday, October 24

10:00 AM - Global Day of Climate Action
Quad City mayors speak about the Cool Cities Campaign, one local answer to global warming
Olin Auditorium

4:00 PM - Augustana Four Choirs Concert
Cantilena Augustana, Sonja Hurty, Director
Wennerberrg Men's Chorus, Michael Zemek, Director
Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, Michael Zemek, Director
Ascension Singers, Michael Zemek, Director
Centennial Hall

7:30 - PM - The Big Funk (Theater)
Potter Theater, Bergendoff Hall
Tickets are $10 general, $8 seniors/students

7:30 - 9:00 PM - Augustana Planetarium Fall Open House
John Deere Planetarium/Carl Gamble Observatory
Free and open to the public

Sunday, October 25

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

1:30 - PM - The Big Funk (Theater)
Potter Theater, Bergendoff Hall
Tickets are $10 general, $8 seniors/students

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

Volume 7, Issue 9 - October 19, 2009


And now for something completely different from ACTL!

This week I wanted to share an excerpt from McKeachie's Teaching Tips.[1] I hope you find it thought-provoking ;-).


  1. Be explicit in your syllabus that your goal will be to help students improve their thinking, especially learning to think "like a ________" (historian, psychologist, biologist, and so on). Describe what constitutes successful thinking in the discipline as explicitly as you can.
  2. Share the revised Bloom model with students during the orientation to the course, to clarify your goals for their cognitive development. This strategy can reduce complaints that you are trying to be "tricky" when your test items are tapping higher-level skills.
  3. Provide ample opportunities to practice thinking during class. The results of grappling with ideas will have more enduring impact than mere exposure to ideas.
  4. Model thinking skills. Think out loud when you answer student questions.
  5. Don't answer every student question yourself. Turn student questions into opportunities for all of the students to think their way to a satisfying answer.
  6. Show excitement about all aspects of thinking: good questions, odd questions, partial answers, and unsolvable problems.
  7. Acknowledge examples of good student thinking. When an example is off target or poorly developed, ask the class to collaborate to improve the response.
  8. Ask students to judge the quality of their own contributions. Encouraging self-assessment can promote greater autonomy in thinking.
  9. Design challenges that will appeal to diverse learning styles. Some students will require more reflection time before they can express their thinking confidently.
  10. Give yourself permission not to cover all of the content. Select from the relevant content to promote the thinking goals that you have in mind.



[1] Available in the Teaching Collection - Tredway Library, Call # LB1738 .M35 2006