Five College Blended Learning and Digital Humanities Mixer

Announcing Our Student Fellowship Mixer!
Happy October from 5CollBL/DH! We’re excited to share the news of this year’s Student Fellowship Mixer. We welcome faculty working in DH and undergraduate students in the Five Colleges curious about our 2019-2020 Digital Humanities Fellowship to come mingle and learn about what the fellowship program has to offer. The mixer is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, from 4:30pm-6:30pm at Five Colleges, Inc. (97 Spring St, Amherst). Please share widely in your circles and with any undergraduate students in the Five Colleges you think might be interested in attending.

L. Dee Fink’s Guide to Course Design

Fink Alignment Diagram

This self directed guide for course design by L. Dee Fink is excerpted from his  his book “Creating Significant Learning Experiences,” which you can read online. The guide has a fair amount of background that makes a case for backwards design. Toward the back of the guide there are worksheets to help you plan your course in a way that keeps your learning goals, teaching and learning activities, and your assessment aligned.

 

Scholarly Writing Retreat for Hampshire Staff and Faculty

Join the CTL for a Scholarly Writing Retreat for Hampshire College Faculty and Staff on Monday, June 3 – Thursday, June 6, 2019, 9:30am to 12:30 pm in the FPH Lounge.

Facilitated by local writing coach, Cathy Luna, each three-hour writing session will begin with goal setting and end with a short debriefing and a look ahead. Participants are invited to sign up for a 30-minute individual consultation with Cathy, to take place during one of the morning sessions. Consultations can focus on writing process and/or time management questions, or on your scholarly writing, fellowship applications, reappointment and promotion materials, or any other writing you would like to discuss.  Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0B4CABA62CA5F85-scholarly

Please direct questions to Kristen Luschen at kluschen@hampshire.edu.


3 Tips for the Minute Before Class

A brief  video from the Chronicle of Higher Education for the minutes before class:

1) Chat with students

2) Post the agenda

3) Create wonder

These tips are taken from “Small Changes in Teaching” by James Lang. There are more tips and info here.

CTL Teaching Workshops in August

Inclusive Pedagogy:
Digging into Full Participation and Holding Space for Different Viewpoints

Thursday, August 30, Kern 202, 10am-12pm

AND

A Balanced Approach to Accommodations

Thursday, August 30, Kern 202, 2pm-4PM

 

Lunch will be provided at noon

To register for one or both workshops, email Shannon Thorin, Assistant Dean of Faculty.

Inclusive Pedagogy:
Digging into Full Participation and Holding Space for Different Viewpoints

The first month of class is a critical time to set the tone for the semester and foster student participation in critical discussions. In this session, we will review key inclusive practices that assist with this. Then, we will take a closer look at what it means for students to be full participants in the course, with an eye toward how we hold space for different viewpoints. In this session, we will reflect on our own syllabi and projects, with a full participation lens, and work through particular dynamics that may arise in whole class and small group discussions, from both our vantage points as faculty and from the viewpoints of students.

This workshop will be facilitated by Becky Wai-Ling Packard, professor of psychology and education at Mt. Holyoke College and author of Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students: A research-based guide for faculty and administrators. Packard has served as the Director of the Teaching and Learning Initiative program, Associate Dean of Faculty, and Director of the Weissman Center for Leadership at Mt. Holyoke College.

A Balanced Approach to Accommodations

Before the fall semester begins, come explore the issues involved in negotiating and holding clear expectations and requirements around student accommodations. Be prepared with a system that meets student need without compromising your course or overly taxing your time. We’ll have a general discussion and include uncovering your concerns, articulating your standards, writing a syllabus statement, and developing strategies/using the OARS Holistic Learning Program toolbox for contingency planning with students.

The  workshop will be facilitated by:

Milo Bezark, Holistic Learning Project Alumni Fellow

Aaron Ferguson, Director of Accessibility Resources and Services, Office of Accessibility Resources and Services

Kristen Luschen, Dean of Multicultural Education and Inclusion and Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

 

 

Ideas for Class Activities

This column from Chronicle Vitae includes some great classroom activities that help you find out what students already know and what they understand from the reading. These activities also help students make connections across readings and to be prepared for class discussions.

 

Five College Digital Humanities Speaker Series

The Five College Digital Humanities Program is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey R Vadala, one of our Postdoctoral Fellows in Blended Learning and Digital Humanities, will be continuing our Five College Digital Humanities speaker series.

Dr. Jeffrey R. Vadala’s talk, “Virtual Reality, the Ancient Maya, and Astronomy” will be given on February 1, 5:30 PM at Hampshire College in Franklin Patterson Hall in the Staff Lounge (upstairs). This event is open to the public.

Among New and Old World ancient societies, the ancient Maya are known to have one of the most complex and precise systems of understanding, tracking, and observing the flow of time. Using maps and mathematical calculations, archaeologists, art historians, and epigraphers have found that these temporal systems were developed through the use of architectural calendars. Over time, these constructions developed into monumental observatories that were used to track celestial phenomena and host political ritual events.

Primarily focused on functional elements of architecture, previous studies produced highly generalized interpretations without considering how ancient Maya people experienced and interacted with both the natural and built landscape’s that contextualized the locations of these observatories. Focusing on the human experience of both the built and natural landscape, this study uses computer modeled virtual reality (VR) 3D interactive simulations to explore how the Maya interacted with their local environment and produced local astronomical knowledge at the Preclassic site of Cerro Maya (formerly known as Cerros). Researchers used fully interactive virtual reality simulations of Cerro Maya to identify two previously unknown early Maya architectural solar alignments. Additionally, by considering how these architectural alignments were transformed as Cerro Maya grew from a small seaside village into a monumental trading center, VR simulations made it possible to explore how local history and astronomical knowledge were produced and experienced differently by the various competing social orders at the time. As astronomical knowledge developed alongside society at Cerro Maya, it would come to play an important role in the development of hierarchy and social organization. Beyond archaeology, this research demonstrates that virtual reality simulations can be a powerful analytical tool for digital humanities scholars that study or explore human landscapes both built and natural.

Contact Jeffrey Vadala at jvadala@hampshire.edu or learn more at www.jeffreyvadala.com