January Professional Activities Workshop (JPAW)
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
8:30 AM -3:30 PM
Serie Center - Suite 338 and Harmon Room, DeWitt Wallace Library


January 18, 2012

8:30 AM Coffee and Pastries are available outside the Serie Center with seating in the Serie Center and Harmon Room.
Harmon Room
LOW-STAKES DEBATE AS A FUN CLASSROOM ACTIVITY, Jim Dawes (English), Zornitsa Keremidchieva (Political Science), and Karin Velez (History). Would you like to spice up your classes and energize your students? Then join Professors Dawes, Velez, and Keremidchieva as they demonstrate and discuss a range of easy-to-implement class preps designed to get your students debating. Watch as students listen carefully, speak confidently, think on their feet, and participate with vim and verve. If you use these techniques and they're not the most fun days of your semester, we guarantee a full money back refund.
Serie Center
TECHNOLOGY TAPAS, Academic Information Associates. Come whet your appetite by sampling some tools you can put to good use in your courses, such as Blogger, video conferencing to bring in outside speakers, easy poster creation, and online appointment slots! We'll also show you how to pull any tool on the web together using Moodle to make it easy for your students to use and for you to grade. We'll demo the technology and discuss how your colleagues are using them effectively in their teaching. Come hungry for new possibilities!
Harmon Room
BEYOND THE BOOK: EXPLORING THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES, Ernie Capello (History), Daylanne English (English), and Fritz Vandover (AIA). Digital Humanities - the use of information technology analysis and visualization tools - represents an emerging mode of scholarship that has garnered national attention. This session will highlight two Macalester faculty members who are exploring what "digital" can bring to their humanities scholarship. We will discuss what has led them to consider digital humanities methods, what they hope to create and discover, and what kinds of projects others have done that inspire them towards this path.
Serie Center
JUST ONE THING I WISH FACULTY KNEW, Student Affairs Staff panel with Laurie Hamre, Kim Chandler, Christopher Macdonald-Dennis, and Brooke Skinner-Drawz. In this "lightning round," members of the Student Affairs Staff will take 3 minutes to state "just one thing" they wish faculty knew about Macalester students that might improve how our students learn. Each 3 minute statement will be followed by 7 minutes of audience discussion. After each round, we will reflect on recurring themes and distinct points of view. Join us for this special discussion about students and classroom learning from the unique perspective of our Student Affairs Staff colleagues.
Lunch is available outside the Serie Center with seating in the Serie Center and Harmon Room.
Harmon Room
TRANSFORMATION FROM WITHIN: CREATING A CULTURE OF WRITING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS, Dr. Erika Sheurer, Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program and Associate Professor of English at the University of Saint Thomas (UST). In November 2007, the UST Faculty Senate overwhelmingly approved a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) initiative as part of the revision of their core curriculum. Since then, 110 faculty members and two staff have completed week-long seminars led by Dr. Chris Anson (North Carolina State U.) and gone on to teach three types of WAC courses: Writing Intensive, Writing to Learn, and Writing in the Disciplines. In this presentation, Scheurer will explain why and how the WAC initiative was developed and describe how it has grown in the three years that she has been director.
Serie Center
SCREENCASTING: SHOW THEM, SHARE IT, THEY'LL GET IT," Brad Belbas and Alison Sommer, AIAs. Do you want an efficient way to add depth and clarity to the feedback you give students on their work? Outside of class or lab time, do you wish you could show students your computer screen to explain challenging concepts, ideas, or procedures? If so, you may be interested to learn about screencasting In contrast to static pictures of your screen, screencasts are digital video recordings of a computer screen, which can be accompanied by narration. If you can talk and click at the same time, you can create a screencast in less time than it would take to write a comparable email. Come find out how and discuss the ways this technology serves as a useful tool.
Harmon Room
CLUTCH, CHOKE, AND BOMB: HELPING STUDENTS COPE WITH HIGH STRESS PERFORMANCE ANXIETY, Lauri Nichols (Music), Victoria Malawey (Music), Adrienne Christiansen (Political Science), and Helen Warren (Corporate and Foundation Relations). This program builds on the successful ACM/FaCE Grant conference, High Stakes Performance Anxiety recently held at Macalester. Presenters will describe coaching strategies to help students manage anxiety when they take tests, write papers, give speeches, perform music, and act in front of an audience. We will also discuss ways that faculty can reduce classroom conditions that lead to high levels of student performance anxiety.