Vol. 7 Issue 1 Fall 2012 Print a copy Newsletter Fall 2012
With all of the challenges we have faced in the last year, I wanted to focus on the future – imagining what everything will be like once we see the light of day again. But in order to get to that future, I needed a path. With that in mind, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about ways to move into a new reality. From innovation and entrepreneurship, to the use of data and planning to help envision a new future, to conversations with colleagues in and out of PSU about what works, it has been a rich spring and summer! In this newsletter, I share with you highlights from this exploration and hopes for the future!
In this issue:
1) Feature: Opportunities for Innovation through the General Education Curriculum
In a time of severe budget challenges along with a coinciding special focus on building campus identity, increased recruitment, and improved retention, where can we look to make inexpensive changes that can have a positive impact? The general education curriculum, a sleeping giant consisting of 35-38% of a 4-year degree at Penn State offers some real possibilities for innovation and change.
This article has the following sections:
- Overview of the gen-ed curriculum/requirements at PSU
- Summary of AAC&U Project LEAP resources (Essential Learning Outcomes, Standards of Excellence, High Impact Practices, Project LEAP Toolkit, VALUE Rubrics)
- Penn State York 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) data relevant to gen-ed outcomes
- Challenges of teaching gen-eds
- Classroom-based strategies to address the challenges, create innovation, and build in Project LEAP recommendations
2) What’s New:
- ANGEL remains PSU’s CMS
- Ed Tech Updates: iClickers, WordPress, Yammer
- eLearning @ PSY Updates
- Accessibility Resources for Faculty
- Institutional Research Adventures
- Update on Positive Classroom Climate Conversations
- Stanford Univeristy’s Design School Crash Course Materials
3) Faculty Showcase : Summer 2012..Thank you!