Cromwell CTL update
A new look for the Cromwell Center
You may be familiar with Goldstein 218, currently designated as the Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning until the construction of the new Cromwell Center in the Board of Education Building on Washington Avenue. The room is very popular with faculty and students and so has experienced heavy wear over the years. The white walls were marked, the carpet was coffee stained, the ceiling tiles were dirty, the tables and chairs were worn.
Through the generosity of the Cromwells and the hard work of our own maintenance staff, this room has been refurbished. The walls are freshly painted, the carpet steam cleaned (twice!), the ceiling and lights now glow brightly, and new tables and chairs have been installed that are lighter and more easily moved into different configurations. Do students appreciate the change? See for yourself.
Tablets for teaching
The next step is to equip the room with tablets that faculty can use in their classes. After consultation with our experts in ET/OIT, we have just ordered several top end iPads and Windows Surface Pro 2 tablets. When they come in, instructors who wish to see how Mac and Windows tablets might work in their classes will be encouraged to borrow them for a few days. Once we have a better idea of what platform our colleagues prefer, we will equip GLD 218 with the appropriate tablets.
Cromwell Fellows Program
The Barbara and George Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce that four proposals for blended courses were approved. The goal of these blended courses is not to replace face-to-face contact time but to create on-line content that engages students out of class in a fashion that enhances class time and creates an environment of less lecture and more discussion. The first group of Cromwell Fellows are:
Stewart Bruce and Erica McMaster of the GIS Lab:
Ant 109 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.
Matthew Kibler of the Quantitative Skills Center:
Creation of an extensive set of modules that support students’ learning of important quantitative skills that underlie the Economics curriculum as well as other curricula.
Ken Schweitzer of the Music Department:
Music 100 Level: History of Rock. This course will be enhanced with on line content ranging from video clips, music and newspapers of the time that will expose students to changing musical genre, cultural and ethnic differences and require them to reflect prior to class discussion.
Susan Vowels of the Business Management Department:
BUS 304: Management Information Systems: The development of an electronic text with hyperlinks will be the basis for the development of the creation of a blended course that is a test bed for ways to increase student engagement and discussion.