Monday, August 23

Classes begin

Tuesday, August 24

9:30 AM - Open Session for Strategic Planning
College Center Board Room

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

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Anna Knepler, SGA President
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

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

12:00 PM - Sesquicentennial Art Exhibition
Art Museum, Centennial Hall

Wednesday, August 25

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

3:45 - 5:15 PM - Teaching Circle
Wilson Center

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

Thursday, August 26

3:30 PM - Open Session for Strategic Planning
College Center Board Room

6:00 - 8:00 PM - "World on a Plate" gathering sponsored by QC United
Join local leaders celebrating diversity in the QC
Tickets: $20 in advance or $25 at the door
Putnam Museum theatre balcony

Friday, August 27

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Pickin' & Pullin' Fridays at Augie Acres
6th Avenue between 32nd and 35th Street (up the hill west of Carver Center)

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: Ellen Hay presents:  "Retreat Reactions: Follow-up and Action Steps"
3:30 PM - refreshments
Wilson Center 
Child care available: contact Mary Koski

Saturday, August 28

10:00 AM - WVIK 30th Anniversary Open House
Join WVIK in celebrating 30 years of Augustana Public Radio. Don Wooten will host a special edition of Saturday Morning Live!, and there will be food, station tours, and live music.

Sunday, August 29

All Day - Quad City Symphony Orchestra Auditions
The Quad City Symphony will hold open auditions for positions starting in the 2010-11 season. Positions open include section violin, section viola, section cello, and utility clarinet.
Bergendoff Hall

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

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



Volume 8, Issue 1 - August 23, 2010


Greetings from the Center for Teaching & Learning!

Welcome back from what I hope was a rejuvenating summer, to what I trust will be a productive year.

I wanted to share with you a short list of some of the services and activities that ACTL will be offering this year. As mentioned by Ellen Hay at our opening faculty retreat, I will be thinking and talking (hopefully with you!) about Evidence of Student Learning a lot this year.  Not only will we be holding workshops and other training activities focused on that theme, but, as Ellen also mentioned, we will be hosting a one-day conference this spring-Making Learning Visible-on April 30th. Much more on that later!

Like last year, ACTL will be sponsoring Teaching Observation Groups (TOGs) each term this year. In these TOGs small groups of faculty from different departments and divisions team up, observe each other's classes and discuss those observations as a group. I hope that you will consider joining a TOG. Watch your email for an announcement of the details.

Following on the success of the Faculty Research Forums, we will be holding Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Forums this year. Twice per term we will meet to share and discuss SoTL projects planned, in the works or close to fruition. For the fall term, we'll meet Thursday, September 9 (Week III) and Thursday 14 October (Week VIII) from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Dahl room. Please plan to attend.

ACTL will also sponsor a faculty-wide reading group. This year I'd like to read How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Learning by Ambrose et al. Again, watch your email for an announcement of how you can join in.

Of course, ACTL will be sponsoring or assisting with a lot of other workshops, many in conjunction with Academic Affairs and the LSFY Coordinators. In order to meet your needs and offer the kinds of support that you need in your teaching and your professional development, I ask that you please take a few minutes to fill out the Faculty Needs Assessment Survey, if you haven't already. Your input is really important to us!

Lastly, please stop by the Katz-Harris room of the library to see ACTL's new location next time you're in the neighborhood.

Here's to the start of a great year!

Jon Clauss
Augustana Center for Teaching & Learning