Addy’s Ch1 Reflections

This week’s book club meeting was great! We discussed Chapter 1 of Seymour Papert’s Mindstorms. Every semester a different CETL staff person identifies the new book for the book club and joins the group for the discussions. In the face-to-face meeting I shared that the reason I selected this book is that, a few years ago, I participated in a New Media faculty and staff seminar where we read and discussed texts from The New Media Reader. According to The New Media Reader website: The texts are from computer scientists, artists, architects, literary writers, interface designers, cultural critics, and individuals working across disciplines. They were originally published between World War […]

2014 Fall Book Club

This Fall, join the CETL for a fun weekly reading and group discussion of Seymour Papert’s Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas. Meetings will be held bi-weekly at the CETL office or other physical locations as well as virtually via Google Hangout. Participants will receive a copy of the book and are invited to share their thoughts online through the CETL blog and other social platforms. Full schedule to be posted soon. To sign up please fill out the form below: Book Club Sign-Up Previous Book Clubs

Letting Students Surprise You

I have a student in the class I’m now teaching that doesn’t talk much. By other indications, however, she’s reasonably engaged. Her body language is positive. She shows up for class. Her writing needs some work, granted, but shows evidence of thought prior to being handed in. Generally she struck me as a student who was doing what she could but perhaps had priorities elsewhere other than my class. And I was fine with that. I’m not a professor who feels my class ought to be my students’ first priority every minute of every day. For most of them, it’s an elective that fills a general education requirement, so I […]

Winter is Just Around the Corner. So is Blackboard Service Pack 8 Upgrade!

You may have heard that the Blackboard team is preparing to upgrade Blackboard to Service Pack 8 (BB SP8) during the winter break. This upgrade will take place from December 17 thru December 20. It brings much needed feature enhancements to the learning management system. It’s quite comforting to know that the Blackboard functions you have come to know and love will essentially work the same. All existing courses will upgrade to BB SP8. Experience BB SP8 by logging on to our test server. As I think of possible ways I can assist you, I’ve summarized my thoughts into the following five tips aimed at getting you on your way […]

About the CETL

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University (CETL) promotes a student-centered university by providing resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology, and promoting essential student skills.

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