Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Prof. Periman discusses Books of the Year and Making Learning Visible at new faculty orientation

Prof. Periman talks about Making Learning Visible.  Standing on the right (r to l) are Dr. Predeger and Dr. Magen.
 Prof. Deb Periman, Justice faculty, participated in the day-long new UAA  faculty orientation on August 15.   Dr. Elizabeth Predeger of the School of Nursing, Dr. Randy Magen of the School of Social Work, and Prof. Periman outlined details of activities of the "Making Learning Visible" Project for the upcoming academic year. These include the Café Best Practices Series, Course/Teaching Portfolio Development, and  the Book Group which is focusing on the text, "Inquiring into the College Classroom: A Journey Toward Scholarly Teaching." The goal of this project is to provide resources and a supportive community of colleagues to faculty as they strive to self-evaluate and improve their teaching skills.

Prof. Periman also described the "UAA/APU Books of the Year" program, part of the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues Project.  The program encourages faculty to integrate into their curriculum books selected for their relevance and timeliness. The Big Short by Michael Lewis and The Working Poor by David K. Shipler were selected by a faculty committee for the 2011 through 2013 academic years.  The program's website provides faculty with materials and ideas for weaving themes from the books into their classes and creating a community conversation.
Prof. Periman discusses "Books of the Year" in the above photos.