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Cromwell Center Update

Cromwell Demonstration Classroom now on line.

The Cromwell Center provides Washington College with resources that support faculty innovation in education. For example, in the Spring of 2015 a demonstration classroom was created in Daly Hall that gave our faculty an opportunity to try out a

Cromwell Demonstration Classroom now on line.

The Cromwell Center provides Washington College with resources that support innovation in how our classes are taught. For instance, a demonstration classroom was created in Daly Hall to give our faculty an opportunity to try out a new way of arranging a classroom to facilitate active learning. 



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.

Provost’s Cluster Lunch Program

One of the many hallmarks of a dynamic faculty such as our own is that we share experience and knowledge, discuss pedagogy and help each other to grow as professionals. Provost Chamlee-Wright in conjunction with the Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning is sponsoring an initiative whereby 2 or more faculty who wish to share expertise or discuss common pedagogical  issues can meet to discuss and share over lunch at the Hodson Dining Hall.  These teaching cluster groups must consist of at least 2 professors and ideally they meet twice per semester. To apply for support, simply fill out this form and send it to the Director,  George Spilich. 


2014-2015 Awards

Enhancement of Content for Organic Chemistry

Professor Amick is creating a series of short-on line lectures that illustrate concepts frequently confused in O-Chem. These modules would allow students to review these concepts as many times as necessary.

Virtual Congress for Poly Sci 311 Congress and the Legislative Process.

Professor Hopper teaches an upper level Poly Sci course on Congress and the Legislative Process. An innovative part of that class is a virtual legislation where students propose bills, debate them, modify them (and even try to kill them) and then vote on them.   She will make this on line legislative process a much larger component of the class.

On Line peer to peer review for English 101 Literature and Composition

Professor Meehan will enhance the writing component of ENG 101 with tools that would improve his ability to offer peer review and commentary on student work in the First Year Writing Course.

Enhanced Content for Math 202 Integral Calculus

Professor Russell is creating enhanced content that would convey math concepts in Calculus so students can review these concepts at their own pace.

Simulated patient videos for Psy 233 Psychopathology

Professor Sommerfeld will film students creating simulations of psychiatric disorders that reflect DSM-V categories covered in Psychopath I.  The goal is to help students distinguish disorders based on therapeutic conversations that occur in conjunction with psychological testing. 

Enhanced Content for POL 373: Human Rights and Justice

Professor Wade’s course contains both content and an experiential component where students design and implement a public awareness campaign on a topic associated with Human Rights.  Professor Wade is creating lecture content that can be delivered on line to free up class time for these campaigns

2013-2014 Awards

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.