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Reflecting on Your Rubrics

On Thursday December 11, from 1-2 p.m., in SS 1339, the Faculty of Arts Teaching + Learning Committee will host a workshop on Rubrics, presented by Kim Koh (Werklund School of Education) and Michael Adorjan (Sociology, Faculty of Arts).

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Speakeasies

Here are some more details about the Speakeasy series of informal student-faculty conversations and debates (as I mentioned in my last newsletter) in the Faculty of Arts, beginning next week.

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Second Annual RSA-TCP Article Prize

Cross-posted from the RSA site, where you can find more information. 

The Renaissance Society of America and the Text Creation Partnership (TCP) jointly offer a $600 article prize for scholarly uses of the range and depth of digitized Renaissance materials. The purpose of the prize is to encourage and reward scholarship that expressly emerges from the scholar’s use of databases or digitized research objects.

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Byword: Writing in Isolation

Like many people, I need simplicity and focus to do things well. Despite the crowded appearance of this blog, I write most of my posts in isolation, in both senses of the term: without interruptions (usually behind a closed door, and often with earplugs) and without too much thinking about the other posts I’ve written. Most of them are responding to ideas I’m encountering elsewhere (readings, conversations), but to get into that mental space I need an isolated work environment.

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Not an Advertorial

I read a lot of higher-education blogs, as Associate Dean for my faculty — and frankly, just as a curious and voracious reader. Sometimes I read a blog post that really resonates with me, because it provokes me to think differently about teaching and learning, about course materials and lectures and the things you can only do when you’re face-to-face in a classroom. (I’ve already written about face-to-face time here.)

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Teaching + Learning News 2.03

2014-10-28
Semi-regular reports on higher-education teaching and learning from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts. By Michael Ullyot, Associate Dean (Teaching + Learning): saving your inbox from overload since 2014. Follow me on Twitter, if you do that sort of thing. Feedback and submissions are always welcome. Leave a comment below, or drop me a line.
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The Book is maker of the Reader

“The Child is father of the Man,” William Wordsworth once wrote, counter-intuitively. What you experience in youth shapes your grown-up sensibility. My first post in this series on bookshelves was in that vein.

In the same way, the Book is maker of the Reader. Books change our minds, shift our perceptions, enlarge our imaginations. They enable readers to experience unfamiliar things, to see the world as if they had different circumstances. They enable us to empathize with other people more readily. Martha Nussbaum has said as much about the humanities in general.

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Digital Distractions in the Classroom

On Wednesday 29 October, from 11-12 p.m. in SS1339, the Faculty of Arts Teaching + Learning Committee will host a workshop on Digital Distractions in the Classroom, presented by Julie Sedivy from LLC (Linguistics, Languages and Cultures), who was recently the focus of a story in Swerve magazine on this subject. She’s published a book on the psychology of advertisements and she blogs for Psychology Today.

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Of Arranging Books there is no End

[First in a series of posts about books, shelves, and — wait for it — bookshelves. Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking my Library” is a model of the form, and Anne Fadiman’s Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader is more recent.]

I got a stack of books for my ninth birthday. They were the types of books that kids read in the 1980s: Gordon Korman’s Macdonald Hall series; Roald Dahl’s Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar; Beverly Cleary’s Dear Mr. Henshaw. Three decades later, I remember that stack being about four feet high, but it was probably shorter. I took them to my room and arranged them, three separate times, on shelves: first by author, then by size, then by the order I would read them. I experimented with different shelving regimens everywhere in my room: alphabetically by author; by genre (science books here, Archie digests there); by size; and by series.

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Using Swivl for Lecture Capture

This is the first in a planned series of posts about planning + teaching my Intro-to-Shakespeare course next term, English 205 here at the University of Calgary.

A few weeks ago, I mused on Twitter about looking for a lecture-capture system — that is, a way to film my classes and post them online for students to review, or even (let’s be honest) to watch instead of coming to an 8 a.m. class.

Thanks to a suggestion from my friend Paul Schacht, I’ve settled on Swivl, a little robotic stand that swivels and turns to follow you, recording audio and video to your iPad, iPhone, or Android device.

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Research in 21st Century Libraries

I’m spending the day at this conference, chairing a panel on collaborative networks, video games for police training, and visualizations of a science fiction collection here at the University of Calgary. Earlier today, I captured this gallery of notes on considerations and themes when prototyping or launching digital research centres and visualization studios.

Teaching + Learning News 2.02


2014-09-25
Semi-regular reports on higher-education teaching and learning, as seen from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts. By Michael Ullyot, Associate Dean (Teaching + Learning): saving your inbox from overload since 2014. Follow me on Twitter, if you do that sort of thing.
Feedback and submissions are always welcome. Leave a comment below, or drop me a line.
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Call for ASHA Instructors

Call for Instructors, 2015-2016 & 2016-2017, Arts & Science Honours Academy (AHSA)

The Arts & Science Honours Academy (ASHA) is an interdisciplinary program for high-achieving undergraduates (30 per year) in both the Faculties of Arts and Science. In 1959, C.P. Snow lamented that too few intellectuals could describe both the plot of a Shakespeare play and the second law of thermodynamics; ASHA aims to produce more of them.

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New Slate of D2L Workshops for Arts Faculty

Eight new Arts-faculty-only workshops on D2L are now available, this week and next. [UPDATE on 2014-09-11: Workshops are now open to Teaching Assistants, too.] The first is rather short notice, but if you’re new to the system this week then some help can’t come too soon. All are in MB 203B (MacKimmie Block).

Click on a date to register. Each workshop has 20 spaces, so some may already be full.

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#FAOW: Arts Orientation 2014-15

This week the Faculty of Arts held orientation events for its class of 2014-15 incoming students, including a Wednesday-morning presentation and Q-and-A session. Here’s a gallery of images from that morning.

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#FAOW: Arts Orientation Photo Gallery

An Ode to Profhacker

Next week’s the start of a new academic term here at the University of Calgary, when students start to fill the campus’s empty halls and study spaces. The air has a mix of excitement and anxiety — common when people transition into a new environment, whether those people are first-year Arts students or their faculty grappling with our new learning management system.

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Teaching + Learning News 2.01

  • 2014-08-25
  • Quasi-regular reports on higher-education teaching and learning, as seen from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts. By Michael Ullyot, Associate Dean (Teaching + Learning): saving your inbox from overload since 2014. Follow me on Twitter, if you do that sort of thing.
  • Feedback and submissions are always welcome. Leave a comment below, or drop me a line.

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D2L Resources for Teaching Assistants

[A message for teaching assistants in the Faculty of Arts. If you’re a faculty member, click here.]

As we approach the Fall term, the Faculty of Arts wants to help you use Desire2Learn: the system that recently replaced Blackboard. It gives instructors the ability to manage courses, email students, collect and grade assignments, run online discussions, track student grades, and more. It’s likely that some component of your TAships will require you to work in this system.

So here are some details on two resources that will help: training, and online resources.

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D2L in the Faculty of Arts: 4 Supports

[A message for teaching faculty in the Faculty of Arts. If you’re a Teaching Assistant, click here.]

As we approach the Fall term, the Faculty of Arts wants to help you use Desire2Learn: the system that has — as you know — replaced Blackboard. It gives you the ability to manage courses, email students, collect and grade assignments, run online discussions, track student grades, and more.

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D2L Coaches’ Corner

2014-09-24 D2L poster

D2L Coaches are one of the four supports available to faculty members in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts.

Because sometimes, amid all the helplines and job aids, you just need to work with a real live person.

So how and when are the coaches available?

  • From September 2014 to April 2015
  • Make an appointment by calling (403) 220 2000, or e-mailing d2larts@ucalgary.ca
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Workshop on Computational Rhetoric

Here’s the program that Randy Harris of the University of Waterloo has assembled for a workshop later this month on computational rhetoric, where I’ll be presenting on my Zeugmatic project and learning a lot about how great minds at Waterloo are defining rhetorical figures computationally.

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Birds of a Feather @ DHSI2014

41311696_16ef86e2a7_mIf you’re coming to the Digital Humanities Summer Institute June 2-6, we’d like to remind you of the Birds of a Feather sessions happening Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after classes from 4:15 to 5:15 (see schedule).

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CFP: Renaissance Studies + New Technologies

digitalRSA 2015 | 26-28 March, Berlin | #rsa15

Co-Organizers:
Monique O’Connell, Wake Forest University: Digital Humanities Chair, RSA
Michael Ullyot, University of Calgary: Electronic Media Chair, RSA

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Teaching + Learning News 1.03

  • 2014-05-09
  • Semi-occasional reports on the world of higher-education teaching and learning, as seen from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts. By Michael Ullyot, Associate Dean (Teaching + Learning): saving your inbox from overload since 2014. Follow me on Twitter, if you do that sort of thing.
  • Submissions of news stories are always welcome. Leave a comment below, or e-mail me: artsadtl{at}ucalgary{dot}ca.

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Winners of Student Union Teaching Awards

Congratulations to the Faculty of Arts’ seven recipients of Students Union Teaching Excellence Awards and Honourable Mentions. Our faculty got more awards than any other (who’s counting?) — for course instructors in the departments of English, Art, Political Science, Anthropology, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

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D2L Training for the Faculty of Arts

The following is a reminder from Heather Weiland (from University of Calgary I.T.) of the final week of Desire2Learn training sessions designed specifically for the Faculty of Arts.

Remember, Blackboard will be unavailable at the end of this month (May 2014).

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