UTA LINK Lab Fall Speaker Series

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 4.08.35 PMOur friends at the UTA Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) lab have invited any and all Wesleyan faculty to participate in their Fall Speaker series. Here’s the information:

LINK Research Lab at UT Arlington is pleased to announce the Fall Speaker series. The series will be streamed live and includes prominent national and international researchers and theorists on digital learning and innovation in higher education. Topics range from digital storytelling to learning analytics to addressing the needs of underrepresented students. The public presentations can be viewed online without cost.

Full details, including a list of speakers, schedule, and information on joining online, can be found here:

UTA LINK LAB Fall Speaker Series

App of the Week – Credly

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 3.48.12 PMThis week’s app of week is Credly. Credly is a free service for awarding and displaying digital badges and accomplishments, which the CETL is using to issue its new professional development badges. While you don’t need the Credly app to accept your badges earned (you can accept badges via email with the email address you have used to create your Credly account), this app allows you conveniently keep track of the badges you have earned, give credit, and share badges from your mobile device. If you don’t have a Credly account yet, go there and create a free account using your Texas Wesleyan email address. When you earn a badge with any professional development activity done with us (or any other Credly issuer) you may view your badges with this app. To download free for iOS devices click HERE. If you have used this app in your life or in your classroom please let us know by commenting on this post! We would love to learn about your personal experiences and we would love to share them with other Texas Wesleyan folks!

 

Introducing Badges 2.0

This semester, the CETL is revising it’s system of badges to better acknowledge, challenge, and reward faculty and staff who engage in professional development activities. We’ve developed some new badges, introduced badge levels, and tweaked the way badges are earned. We’ve also expanded the way participants can publicly display their badges.

A list of all the badges can be found here. Most of these badges now have three levels. The initial level (which we’re calling the “learn stuff” level) is earned simply by participating in professional development activies. These can be CETL workshops, individual consultations with CETL staff, or even opportunities from other sources, like a conference or webinar. Those who wish to progress to the second level of a badge (the “do stuff” level) will work with the CETL to construct an appropriate challenge card. These cards will simply be things the participant can do to apply why they learned at the “learn stuff” level. Participants can move on to the third level (“evaluate/share stuff”) by constructing and completing another challenge. This one will focus on evaluating the application of the new knowledge and sharing how it worked with others. Participants can share through the CETL blog and website, social media, or more formal research and publication avenues.

The graphic below illustrates the new system (click for larger image).

 

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The CETL Badge System explained.

Our goal here is to build a system that’s customizable by the participants, acknowledges professional development comes from many venues, and pushes participants to apply, reflect on, and share what they’ve learned.

The email notification send by us when you earn a badge.

The email notification sent when you earn a badge.

In addition to that, all of faculty’s previous efforts are not going to be forgotten! The CETL will publicly issue all of the previously earned badges via Credly, as well. When you earn a badge you will receive an email notification of your achievement (see illustration). If you want to save and share that badge you must click on “save & share” (if you don’t have a Credly account yet you will be prompted to create one after this step). When you accept the badge you may view your badges via Credly.com or via the Credly app. If you wish, you can opt out of receiving those notifications.

 

Pedagogy Map

To help folks get started, we’ve created the Pedagogy Map. This is a wonderful visual representation of the new badges and how they are related. Participants can earn any badge they want whenever they want, but they can also create their own Learning Path. Particpants can sit down with the CETL staff to determine which path best fits their professional development goals. Each Path will be individualized, including challenges developed by the participant and the CETL, and self-paced. The CETL developed Pedagogy Map and new badges can help faculty and staff determine which paths would be best for them, however the CETL will develop and issue badges that are personalized to other requests for professional development. The Pedagogy Map can be viewed below. If you want to see the new badges associated and featured in it you may click HERE.

 

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CETL’s Pedagogy Map

We invite all faculty and staff to take the professional development journey with us!

2014 Fall Book Club Schedule

Book Title: Mindstorms: Children, Computers & Powerful Ideas

AboutMindstorms has two central themes: that children can learn to use computers in a masterful way and that learning to use computers can change the way they learn everything else. Even outside the classroom, Papert had a vision that the computer could be used just as casually and as personally for a diversity of purposes throughout a person’s entire life. Seymour Papert makes the point that in classrooms saturated with technology there is actually more socialization and that the technology often contributes to greater interaction among students and among students and instructors.

Meeting Times: Mondays, noon- 1:00pm (every other week)

Location: CETL Lab or via Google Hangout

Requirements: All participants will receive a copy of the book. Every other week, the group will meet face-to-face or via Google Hangout to discuss assigned chapters. One person will serve as a discussion leader by bringing discussion points/topics as well as supplemental materials such as links, videos, articles or anything else that is relevant to discussion. All participants are invited to blog about the current reading.

Book Club Blog

Schedule:

FALL 2014 BOOK CLUB SCHEDULE
Day Chapters Title
September 8 Chapter 1 Computers & Computer Cultures
September 22 Chapter 2 Mathophobia: The Fear of Learning
October 6 Chapter 3 Turtle Geometry: A Mathematics Made for Learning
October 20 Chapter 4 Languages for Computers and for People
November 3 Chapter 5 Microworlds: Incubators for Knowledge
November 17 Chapter 6 Powerful Ideas in Mid-Size Bites
December 1 Chapter 7 LOGO’s Roots: Piaget & AI
December 15 Chapter 8 Images of the Learning Society
Meetings held from 12:00- 1:00pm in the CETL Lab EJW, 114

 

THINKLINK

Welcome to the resources page of the TXWES-TCC ThinkLink event of Monday, August 18th 2014.

Ben Miller’s Critical Thinking through Writing

Chris Parker and Jacqueline Gaffner’s Using Smartphones in the Classroom

About the CETL

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University (CETL) promotes a student-centered university by providing resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology, and promoting essential student skills.

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