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Teaching and Learning News

Teaching and Learning News

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Published by Lisa Rhody
The Teaching and Learning News is a publication of the Center for Teaching Excellence.
The Teaching and Learning News is a publication of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

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ummer 2010 involved people fromacross campus in the work of mak-ing our new General Education plan a reality – a new program of coursesfor students entering as freshmen in Fall2011. These colleagues, who would nor-mally be working on other professionalduties, dedicated their time in June and
July to take the campus’ rst steps toward
replacing CORE with requirements of the new plan.Members of 12 planning committeesinvolving 67 different people took on thetask of describing the criteria for eachcategory in the new program. Criteriawere debated and then stated in the formof learning outcomes for new categories such as Scholarship and Practice,as well as for more familiar categories such as Humanities, Natural Sci-ence, and History and Social Science. Courses that meet a majority of acategory’s learning outcomes will be included as a General Educationcourse in that category. Additionally, the committees offered guidelinesfor course selection and for periodic review of courses.By the time you are reading this, I will have sent these learning out-comes out to deans, associate deans, the Undergraduate Programs Advi-sory Committee (UPAC), and the faculty who wrote them. If you havenot yet seen the learning outcomes, they are available at www.ugst.umd.
 Volume 20, Number 1 September & October 2010
Teaching & Learning News 
is published by the Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland
 Teaching &Learning News
Next Steps in Making the New UM-General Education a Reality
“From the Dean of Undergraduate Studies” continued on page 8
Fall Workshop Schedule - Page 6
By Donna Hamilton, Associate Provost for Academic Affairsand Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Inside This Issue
Next Steps in Making 
the New UM-GeneralEducation a Reality........1
A Season of Change
and Renewal.......2
A Look at the
First Year Book........3
The University Teaching 
and Learning Program.......3
Digital Cultures
and Creativity........4
CTE & mLearning........4• Graduate Teaching 
Fellowship Programs........5
CTE Fall
 Workshop Schedule........8
Distinguished Scholar Teacher
Lecture Series Schedule........10
• 2010-2011
 Academic Calendar........11
 
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I
n the natural world, spring istraditionally viewed as the sea-son of renewal, when after along winter new life and communi-ties appear and begin their annualcycle. In academics, the season of 
change is the fall, when rst-year 
students appear on campus to begintheir academic journeys and return-ing students return from summer  jobs, travel, and adventures to reen-gage their academic journeys. It isalways an exciting time for the cam- pus as new friendships and commu-nities form and old ones are revived.
For students there are a nite num-
 ber of these annual cycles, whichcumulate with graduation and withmovement to the working world or to other academic endeavors. Thus,each fall our campus community istransformed and re-invigorated bya changing student population thathas newbies and veterans.For faculty the situation is dif-ferent. Although rookie facultymay arrive with the idea that thisis where they willspend the remain-ing part of their  professionalcareer, manyare condi-tioned from previous educa-tional cycles (highschool, under-graduate, graduate school) thatone spends four to six years at aninstitution and moves on. Certainly,this was my view when I joined thefaculty here at UM; however, some
From the Director’s Desk: A Season of Change and Renewal
20 years hence, I nd myself look-
ing forward to another academicyear at Maryland and wonder where the years went. Like me,many returning, seasoned faculty
are challenged with nding ways
to revitalize their excitement andintellectual engagement with thecourses that they will teach. Somewill try alternative pedagogies or overhaul their assessments; otherswill begin the process of building anew course, while some will teach
a course for the rst time. CTE can
help in each on these situations by providing resources and expertise.One easy way to start is to ask for a copy of the CTE’s 2010-2011Teaching Resource Guide. We pro-vide it in both hard copy and online
as a PDF le. Another possibility is
to simply stop in and visit us at CTEor make an appointment to schedulea one-on-one consultation.Whereas the student communitychanges and renews annually, other changes tend to occur at water-shed intervals — unique periods when a variouschanges and factors cometogether and result in
signicant restructur-
ing and rethinking of key aspects of the uni-versity. The changesthat result may be lessobvious than the arrivalof thousands of fresh faces andoften takes longer to be seen, butsuch changes are more important because they establish new path-ways and opportunities for meetingthe educational demands of today’schanging world. Recent changes atthe University of Maryland mark a watershed for our community.These changes include a new presi-dent, Wallace Loh, new deans andan associate provost, the combiningof the two science colleges, and theintroduction of new graduate andundergraduate initiatives. Of spe-cial interest and impact is the newGeneral Education (GenEd) pro-gram that will be implemented inthe fall of 2011. Associate ProvostDonna Hamilton describes the gen-
eral education work that her ofce
and the faculty have been involvedwith over the summer in an accom- panying article. Maryland’s revised
General Education program reects
the university’s forward vision andour commitment to providing allundergraduates a variety of edu-cational opportunities which willenable them to develop the knowl-edge and skills that they will needto successfully transition throughnumerous careers as post-graduates.In the coming year, CTE willfocus on assisting faculty with theimplementation of the educational/learning components of the newGeneral Education program. In part-
By Spencer Benson, Director of the CTE
 
 
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By Lisa Kiely, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies
 A Look at the First Year Book:
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression intoOpportunity for Women Worldwide 
 The Honor Pledge
The Student Honor Council encourages instructors to include the following information in coursesyllabi:The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized Code of Aca-demic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for aca-demic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student youare responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For moreinformation on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visithttp://www.shc.umd.edu. To further exhibit your commitment to academic integrity, remember to signthe Honor Pledge on all examinations and assignments: “I pledge on my honor that I have not givenor received any unauthorized assistance on this examination (assignment).”
 N
icholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book,
 Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
, presents harrowing tales about the lives of women far from College Park. Forced prostitution, gang rape, and widespread maternal morbidity are not necessarily on the minds of 18-year olds.But education is. As new students receive a copy of the book, they learn about the power of education indeveloping countries. “You educate a boy and you’re educating an individual. You educate a girl, and youeducate a village (African proverb).”
The authors chronicle stories of women who through education and micronance were able to break 
free from lives of sexual slavery and poor maternal health. Kristof and WuDunn believe that educating women is not only a moral issue but an economic one aswell.The book’s title is based on a Chinese proverb: “Women hold up half the sky.”Through powerful examples and useful empirical evidence,
 Half the Sky
demon-strates how communities are transformed by initiatives often from young “socialentrepreneurs” both in the United States and around the world. University of Maryland students may be the next leaders in this movement.Half the Sky is available in 2130 Mitchell Building for faculty members. Allnew students will receive a copy of the book when the semester begins. SherylWuDunn will speak on campus on October 27th. For more information about
 Half the Sky
or the First Year Book Program, see:
http://www.rstyearbook.umd.edu.

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