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2016 Teaching and Learning Conference

The 2016 Fall Teaching & Learning Conference was held Aug. 24-25. Topics included copyright, DSpace, instructional videos, Google Forms, and much more. Scroll down to read more about the 2016 sessions and presenters, and see handouts and materials from the sessions.

Wednesday Sessions

Enhancing Student Learning through Experiential Learning Opportunities

Presenters: Corinne Ness, Dan Choffnes
Description: In our strategic plan, Carthage has committed to provide high-quality experiential learning opportunities to all of our students. Opportunities may be built into the curriculum for a course or program, and may be structured as undergraduate research experiences, internships, study abroad, or service learning. Participants in this learning community will learn how to design opportunities that foster student learning, and achieve student learning outcomes for their course or program.

Equitable and Inclusive Practices

Presenters: Sandie Bisciglia, Dana Garrigan
Description: Creating a campus and classroom environment that fosters a sense of belonging for all students requires awareness of the types of barriers that interfere with successful engagement by students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Participants in the planned learning community will approach equitable and inclusive practices in the context of their classroom, office, or organization.

The Liberal Arts in the 21st Century

Materials: Common Definitions of Diversity
Examples of Micro-Agressions
What Kind of Asian are You? (YouTube video)
Anti-Racist Short Film, “Jafar” (YouTube video)

Presenter: David Garcia
Description: What role should the liberal arts play in preparing today’s college students for a productive and purposeful life? How can small colleges such as Carthage articulate to the public the importance of a liberal arts education? These questions, and many more raised daily on our campus will guide participants in this session and in the planned learning community.

Looking Ahead from Mid-Career

Presenter: Dennis Munk
Description: Professional careers, including those of faculty, unfold in predictable stages, each with its own set of opportunities and challenges. At some point in their careers, most faculty pause to reflect on their accomplishments, and to consider what type of professional identity they would find most satisfying in the next phase of their career. Participants in this learning community will have the opportunity to learn more from a variety of sources, including their own colleagues.

What a Sense of Vocation Means for Us and for Our Students

Presenters: Kara Baylor, David Steege
Description: Achieving one’s vocation has been described as dedicating one’s talents, passions, and gifts to the needs of the broader community, or the world. A cornerstone of the Lutheran tradition in higher education, vocation challenges us to consider the difference between a job, a career, and our vocation. Participants in this learning community may focus on understanding their own vocation, or on nurturing its development in students.

Thursday Sessions

Building and Sustaining Effective Learning Communities for Faculty and Students: Recommendations from Implementation Science

Materials: Building and Sustaining Effective Learning Communities for Faculty and Students slides
Presenter: Dr. Milton Cox
Description: Dr. Cox, of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Miami University in Ohio, is the director of the Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching, editor-in-chief of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, and editor-in-chief of Learning Communities Journal.

Academic, structured, communities of practice in higher education (for example, faculty learning communities) can offer the best approach for exploring, developing, and implementing evidenced-based, innovative practices that enhance student learning and college success. Research in implementation science offers guidance on how best to design and implement learning communities to maximize their potential. This workshop will provide an overview of the key features of effective learning communities, and engage participants in designing a community to address a specific issue, as well as practicing facilitation skills.

Dr. Cox and colleagues designed and implemented faculty learning communities (FLCs) in 1979. Since that time he has been engaged in assessing their impacts on student learning and educational development in higher education. He has been project director of state and federal grants establishing FLC programs, visiting over 100 institutions in the U.S. and abroad. He is author of several articles on communities of practice, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and is co-editor of the book Building Faculty Learning Communities. Dr. Cox is founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment at Miami University where he initiated and continues to direct the annual Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching, now in planning for its 36th year. He is also founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching and the Learning Communities Journal. He facilitates the Hesburgh Award-winning Teaching Scholars Faculty Learning Community, now in its 38th year. He is recipient of a certificate of special achievement from the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education in recognition and appreciation of notable contributions to the profession of faculty, instructional, and organizational development.

Carthage News You Can Use

Description: This session included brief presentations on the following topics: Communications Office overview; changes in the library and new Hedberg colleagues; the Hedberg website and resource reservation system; and protecting your email, including threats webpage and 2-Step Authentication.

Promenade Lunch and Technology Expo

Description: Multiple stations were set up through the library for lunch, giving you a chance to wander through the library and stop at all of the technology tables. Tables exhibited LIS resources, as well as resources from across campus. Tables included Adult Education; Career Center; Interlibrary Loan and Library Services; 2-Step Verification with Gmail; Computer back-up and new printer software; Mailroom.

Afternoon eLearning Drop-in Session

Presenters: Chris Grugel and the Carthage Tech Fellows
Description: Drop by to get your eLearning and Instructional Technology questions answered.


Presenter: Danelle Orange
Description: Copyright issues are complex. Protect yourself, the school, and your students by learning how copyright works and how to work within it.

Mastering the 5-Minute Instructional Video

Presenters: David Brownholland and Chris Grugel
Description: Not enough class time to cover everything you need to teach? Are your students having trouble with a particular concept already covered in class? Need to reach a lot of students at once? All of these questions can be answered with a simple five minute video. In this session, you will learn how to make short, instructional videos using TechSmith Relay. After a brief introduction, you will learn how to install the software and begin creating your own videos. Make sure to bring your laptops.

Google Forms and Surveys

Presenter: Carol Sabbar
Description: Need to get feedback from the Campus Community? Looking for a creative way to spread a sign-up sheet? Google Forms is an excellent way to do just that. In this session, we will be walking through how to use Google Forms to create RSVPs and surveys.

Developing a Cell Phone Policy: It’s More than Just Saying “No”

Materials: Developing a Cell Phone Policy slides
Presenters: Mary Weir ’17 English/Spanish major; Logen Bartz ’18 Psychology/Criminal Justice major
Description: How do cell phones fit into the college classroom environment? The answer is more complicated than “They don’t.” This presentation will cover existing research related to cell phones in the classroom, elements of an effective cell phone policy, and potential ways to constructively integrate cell phones into the learning environment. These elements are informed by an ongoing research project that started in October 2015, and continued through the summer under a SURE grant. We will include both peer reviewed research from a literature review conducted over the past year, and original research related to cell phone use and policies here at Carthage.


Presenter: Danelle Orange
Description: Have you presented at a conference recently? Did you or your students create a poster? Published a paper and want the pre-print available for people to read? Have a project that needs more storage space and metadata associated with it than you can get in Dropbox or Google? DSpace is a great place to save your work. With various levels of privacy and a robust metadata and preservation system, DSpace is the ideal place to showcase your work and the work of your students.

Making Students Successful Researchers

Materials: Making Students Effective Researchers PowerPoint slides
Elizabeth Lang
Description: Students have access to more information than ever before. With this information overload, teaching them how to access, evaluate, and use information properly becomes more and more important. This session will introduce the fundamental thresholds for information literacy and practical ways the library can help bring information literacy skills into the classroom to create more effective researchers.

Facilitating the Academic Success of International Students at Carthage

Materials: Facilitating the Academic Success of International Students PowerPoint
Facilitating the Academic Success of International Students Doc
Edward Montanaro, Dmitri Shapovalov, Peter Vernezze
Description: The presence of international students offers obvious benefits to a campus. First, in an increasingly globalized world, the experience of engaging with students from around the world provides a vital experience in preparing the larger student body for the situation they will face once they graduate from Carthage. In addition, a significant presence of international students is obviously useful in propagating the traditional values of openness, toleration, and engagement with the world that a liberal arts education should provide. However, the benefits an international student body provides do not come without challenges. In this session we want to discuss the challenges that an increasing international student population provides in the area of teaching and learning. Strategies utilized by other institutions, as well as here at Carthage, will be discussed.

If a Ph.D. Falls in the Forest…How to Promote to be Heard

Presenters: Steve Janiak, Mike Moore, Tom Applegarth, Elizabeth Young
Description: Learn how to promote your program, your work, your students, and yourself in one incredibly useful hour. See the College’s latest and greatest templates for creating your own publicity materials. Find out how to get media attention for your events and programs. Learn about a fantastic new tool for sharing news of your students’ successes. And improve your online presence in just a few minutes.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …