This Semester's Lehigh Lab
Organizer: Greg Reihman
Description: Interested in hearing a fellow faculty member discuss the role blogging has played in advancing his scholarship, research, and teaching? Have your own experiences with blogging as an academic, or questions about the role of social media ?
Come hear Bruce Whitehouse (Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology) discuss his experience blogging about Mali, with a focus on what he has learned about the pros and cons of blogging for a junior faculty member's professional development.
Wednesday February 6, 2013
noon - 1:30 pm
EWFM Media Center Room 379
Drinks and light refreshments will be provided
Some links of interest:
Lehigh News article, "Live from the Mali Coup"
NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Professor Whitehouse about the Tuareg in Mali
Teaching Students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders
Description: If you would like to learn more about teaching students who have Asperger's Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), please join us on Thursday, March 7 for an important presentation and conversation.
About the presentation:
Cheryl Ashcroft (Assistant Dean, Academic Support Services) will begin by providing some background information on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
After Cheryl's presentation, a panel of Lehigh students with ASD will share their experiences, perspectives, and recommendations.
After the student panel, a panel of Lehigh faculty (Rick Matthews, Daniel Conus, and Roger Simon) will discuss their experience working with students on the spectrum.
Following the panels, we will open the floor for a discussion among participants.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
noon - 2 pm
EWFM Media Center Room 379
A boxed lunch will be provided
RSVP by Monday, March 4th, 2013
What is the Lehigh Lab
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mission of fostering excellence and innovation in teaching, learning,
and research at Lehigh. To bring Lab activities to a broad
faculty and staff, we offer a wide variety of events, including
presentations of new instructional technologies; conversations about
teaching; roundtables on the educational role of libraries, computing,
and new media; discussions about student learning; and so forth. [read more...]
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Fall 2008 Forum Events:
"Teaching for Engagement": Paul Loeb
September 10th, 2008 at 4:30-6:00pm
Asa Packer Room
"The History of Engineering Education in America"
Paul Loeb, author, lecturer and associated scholar at Seattle’s Center for Ethical Leadership, will visit Lehigh for two days to spark conversation about increasing social engagement among this generation of college students. In this workshop he will discuss how people get involved in larger community issues and what stops them from getting involved; how they burn out in exhaustion or maintain commitment for the long haul; how civic involvement can give a sense of connection and purpose rare in purely personal life. He explores how students and citizens in general can gain the moral, political, and intellectual tools to take responsibility for the future. Co-promoted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Faculty Development, the English Department and the Humanities Center.
September 25th, 4:10 pm.
Lecture on "The History of Engineering Education in America" by Bruce Sinclair, with observations by John W. Fisher on Lehigh engineering contributions. Marks the opening of Linderman exhibit, "How to Become an Engineer: Toys, Tools, and Technology."
"Using Student Video Projects in the Classroom: A conversation about course-related student video projects"
October 30th, 12-2 pm
EWFM Media Center Classroom
Lunch Provided RSVP
An increasing number of faculty at Lehigh are developing courses and assignments in which students create video projects, including video essays, documentaries, shorts, digital stories, viral videos, etc. LTS has excellent resources to support such projects and LTS staff work closely with faculty to offer production expertise, to help teach students,to assist with course development, etc. Come hear what others are doing and discuss how video projects might figure into the classes you teach.
"Guidelines for Implementing Authentic Tasks in Web-Based Environments"
Monday, November 3rd, 1pm-2pm.
EWFM Media Center TRLC
Snacks and drinks provided RSVP
With advances in learning theory and technology, there is increased potential for authentic tasks to be used as the primary underlying pedagogy for supporting learning in face-to-face, blended, and totally online courses. Yet many higher education instructors remain uncertain about how to design engaging authentic learning environments in these contexts.In this web-based seminar seminar, Thomas C. Reeves ( Professor of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology University of Georgia) will describe the theory, research, and development underlying authentic tasks in web-based learning environments as well as practical design guidelines for implementing this innovative approach.
"Lehigh Life on Second Life: What's it all about?"
Thursday November 13th Linderman 200 12-2pm.
Brown bag: Drinks and snacks provided. RSVP
Second Life is a hugely popular Internet-based virtual world video game with social networking and "Metaverse" aspects that create new opportunities for innovative teaching and learning. Find out what's planned for Lehigh University's new Island in Second Life
"Lehigh Lab Symposium on Teaching and Learning ."
Lunchtime talk on Teaching Learning, Technology
Thursday November 20th 12-1:30 Linderman 200.
Lunch Provided. RSVP
The purpose of this Symposium is to highlight new, interesting, and effective approaches to teaching and learning at Lehigh. We hope to disseminate good ideas, inspire others to try new approaches, and recognize the work of those who have made successful changes to their teaching. This event will include a poster session in Linderman's Bayer Galleria from 10:30-12 and 1:30-3:00 a lunchtime talk from 12-1:30 in Linderman 200 (no rsvp necessary for the poster session.) MORE INFORMATION ON THE SYMPOSIUM
Forum Events for Spring 2008
Elizabeth Samet on Teaching at West Point
February 7, 2008 at 4pm
Please join us for a talk by Elizabeth Samet on her experiences as a professor at West Point. Samet is the author of Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature through Peace and War at West Point. If you love literature and value a liberal education, you'll want to hear her. If you're curious about what goes on in today's elite military academies, you'll want to hear her. She really demonstrates how literature can broaden and deepen one's appreciation of moral strength in the midst of ambiguity and pressure. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Lehigh Libraries, the Office of Faculty Development, the English Department and the Humanities Center.
Exploring Second Life Basics for Educators: Webcast
Thursday, March 20, 2008 :: 1:00 – 3:00
Join us for this online presentation by Academic Impressions to build a foundation for further exploration of virtual worlds. You will gain a broad understanding of the educational potential of Second Life and be offered a streamlined approach for gaining sufficient mastery of virtual worlds to begin designing effective learning experiences. RSVP required
HPC (High-Performance Computing) Day at Lehigh
Friday, April 4th, 2008 various events all day. 8:30-4:30
Keynote Address 1:10pm - 2:15pm, RBC 91
Petascale Phylogenetic Reconstruction of Evolutionary Histories
David A. Bader, Executive Director of High-Performance Computing, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
For more information and to register, visit http://www.lehigh.edu/computing/hpc/hpcday/2008/
May 9 2008
Please join the Digital Scholarship Center and guest lecturer, Anne K.
Knowles, Associate Professor of Geography at Middlebury College, for a
discussion on trends in historical Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
and the launch of the Beyond Steel: An Archive of Lehigh Valley
Industry and Culture mapping project of early 20th-century Bethlehem
residents and businesses.
Forum Events for Fall 2007
Introducing "Beyond Steel" Digital Archive
Wed Oct 24, 12-1:30 Linderman Library Room 200
History professor John Kenley Smith has provided the primary scholarly guidance for the newest library digital site, Beyond Steel: An Archive of Lehigh Valley Industry and Culture. Smith will use the site's digitized letters, books, photographs, and oral histories to illustrate how this new resource can illuminate researchers' understanding of the area's industrial boom in the mid 19th century and the later decline of heavy industry.Cookies and coffee will be provided; bring a lunch if you wish.
No RSVP required. Visit the site at http://digital.lib.lehigh.edu Co-sponsored with the Friends of the Lehigh Libraries.
Report on Technology and Teaching at Lehigh
Fri Nov 16, 12-1:30 Sinclair Auditorium
The Forum will have two parts:
1) A report by Greg Reihman on "Technology Support for Lehigh's Learning-Centered Mission," including an overview of the "Teaching, Learning, Technology Survey" conducted at Lehigh in Spring 2007.
(2) An opportunity for you to discuss and ask questions about this self-study report and survey.
This forum, and the document on which it is based, grow out of work done by a subcommittee comprising faculty representatives from all four colleges, students (a graduate and an undergraduate), and staff representatives from LTS and student affairs. The subcommittee-- co-chaired by Bruce Taggart, Ed Gallagher and Greg Reihman--has worked over the past 18 months to better understand how technology is being used in teaching and learning at Lehigh, to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current model for supporting such uses, and to offer specific recommendations for how Lehigh might become even more effective at using technology to support learning.
Symposium on Teaching and Learning
Thu Nov 29, 10:30-3:00 Linderman Library, Bayer Galleria
The purpose of this Symposium is to highlight new, interesting, and effective approaches to teaching and learning at Lehigh. We hope to disseminate good ideas, inspire others to try new approaches, and recognize the work of those who have made successful changes to their teaching. This event will also be an opportunity to showcase the work of outgoing Lehigh Lab Faculty Fellow Ed Gallagher's work as Fellow and mark the transition to our new Faculty Fellow, Natalie Foster. Please click here for details.
Forum Events for Spring 2007
Villainy Detected! A New Digital Library Project
Wed Feb 7, 12-1:30 Sinclair Aud
Come hear Faculty and Digital Library staff introduce Lehigh's newest Digital Library Project, "Villainy Detected!" The materials on this site illustrate eighteenth and nineteenth century crime and punishment practices in America and Britain. On both sides of the Atlantic, prison and judicial reform was debated while writers analyzed and sensationalized the criminal. This site presents a number of these writings, along with the reflections of Lehigh University scholars. (from the site at http://digital.lib.lehigh.edu/crime) Refreshments will be provided.
Open CourseWare: MERLOT, MIT, and More
Thurs Mar 15 12-1:30 Maginnes 101
Many university faculty are making their course materials freely available for others to use. (See MERLOT and MIT's OpenCourseWare for examples.) Come learn about these resources and discuss ways you can benefit from or contribute to these projects. Lunch will be provided -
Educational Uses of Gaming: 'Second Life' and 'Close Combat'
Fri Mar 23, 12-1:30 Coppee 101
The MacArthur Foundaton recently launched a $50M, five year study into how digital technologies are changing the way students learn. The Serious Games Initiative is exploring this question by studying how computer games can enhance education. Here at Lehigh, Faculty are testing the waters. Come hear Greg Reihman (Philosophy), John Pettegrew (History) and others discuss some of the promise and perils of using computer games in the classroom. **Lunch will be provided -
Clickers in Lehigh's Classrooms
Fri Mar 30, 12-1:30 Coppee 101
In Fall 2006, several large lecture classes at Lehigh tested the use of clickers. (See the Lehigh Lab Notes article for background.) Come hear Diane Hyland (Psychology) and Gary DeLeo (Physics) discuss how they used the clickers and pick up pointers on how to use these tools effectively.
iTunesU @ Lehigh
Mon Apr 16 12-1:30 Sinclair Auditorium
Lehigh has recently become an iTunesU campus. Come learn what this means and hear some ways iTunes is being put to use in classes across campus. -Learn more about using iTunes
High Performance Computing Day
Fri Apr 27, various events all day.
Click here for more information
Past Lehigh Lab Forum Events[see all past Faculty Development events]
Events for Fall 2006
Sound Advice: The Uses of Digital Audio to Enhance Instruction
Fri Oct 6, 12-1:30 Maginnes 105
Want to hear what some Lehigh faculty are doing with digital audio in their classes? Looking for ways to enhance your classroom by taking advantage of new tools that simplify the production, distribution, and acquisition of digital audio? Curious about how you might use iPods and iTunes? Come join us for a presentation and conversation. Lunch will be provided.
Teaching the Millennial Lehigh Student
Fri Oct 13th, 12-1:30 UC 409
In this forum, we'll discuss ways of bridging the generational gap between faculty and students by discussing the experience and perspectives of current college students--the “millennials.” Who are they? How do they learn? What are their perspectives? How can faculty modify teaching styles to more effectively engage and educate this generation of students? Lunch will be provided.
Beauty and Utility: Building Bridges Together
Wed Oct 18th 4:10-6pm Chandler Ulmann Aud.
Come join in a conversation about a variety of physical and conceptual bridges being built at Lehigh. Tony Viscardi will discuss his work with students in his 'Dream Bridges' course; Tom Peters will discuss his Chinese Bridge project; and Julia Maserjian and Ilhan Citak will discuss 'Digital Bridges,' a 21st century web resource for the study of 19th century bridges. (Part of "Beauty and Utility: Envisioning InterDisciplinary Bridges," an All-University Fourfold Colloquium Open to Faculty, Students, & Staff, co-sponsored by Faculty Development, ArtsLehigh, Asian Studies, LUAG, LTS and the Humanities Center and Art and LTS.)
Wed Oct 25th 12-1:30 Rauch 85
Want to collaborate with distant colleagues more simply? Want to bring a speaker to campus without flying them in? Come learn about various conferencing tools available to you and see specific examples of how they are being put to use by others at Lehigh. Lunch will be provided.
You are Here: Scholarship & Geographical Information Systems
Thurs Nov 9 4:00 Sinclair Aud.
Learn how Lehigh faculty, staff, and students are using GIS software and databases to enhance science and social science research. Environmental Initiative Computing Consultant Mike Chupa will coordinate talks about three cutting edge projects. (Co-sponsored with the LTS Friends of the Libraries)
Diversity in the Classroom/Teaching Diverse Classes
Tues Nov 14th, 4:00-5:30 Location Maginnes 101
This Forum will focus on the issue of diversity in the classroom. We will specifically focus on the way that all classes provide opportunities to increase awareness of diversity and multicultural issues. This includes the way we treat students, the types of examples and cases you use in class, and the way we deal in class with highly charged issues such as racism and sexism. Lunch will be provided. (Co-sponsored with Lehigh's Joint Multicultural Program)
Digital Songs, Stories, and Histories
Fri Dec 1st 12-1:30 location TBD; optional visit to the Digital Media Studio 1:30-2:30)
How can we best teach students to use new media to explain, argue, and persuade? How can our courses tap the talents of digital librarians and media specialists? “Digital Songs, Stories, and Histories,” a first-year writing course wrought in the Lehigh Lab, answered these questions by bringing together a professor, a digital librarian, and a new Digital Media Studio.
Managing Quizzes and Homework
Thu Feb 2 12-1 MAG 480
Quizzes and homework often play a crucial role in student learning, but many faculty find themselves frustrated by the amount of time it takes to adminster and grade such assessments. Come hear Natalie Foster (Chemistry) and Terry Napier (Mathematics) discuss some tools and techniques they use to more efficiently manage this aspect of teaching. Lunch will be provided, RSVP required.
Academic Integrity: The Role of Turnitin
Thu Feb 9 12-1:30 Sinclair Aud.
This session will discuss academic integrity at Lehigh, with a focus on appropriate and effective uses of Turnitin, a web-based tool now available from directly within Blackboard, that detects unoriginal material in written work. Lunch will be provided, RSVP required. Note: this is a repeat of the session held Fall 2005.
What is it and Why Should I Care? ePortfolios
Wed Feb 15 12-1:30 Media Center Classroom EWFM 379
Come learn what ePortfolios are and how they can be used by you or your students to organize and share information about research, coursework, interests, etc. Lunch will be provided RSVP required.
On Digital Scholarship: Technology and the Professoriate
Tue Feb 21 4-5 Sinclair Aud.
Ed Ayers (Professor of History and Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia) will discuss the opportunities digitization and the Internet offer to the academy to create dynamic sites for research and scholarly publication in the humanities. These technologies have supported the mounting of significant repositories of archives and other primary source materials and made them accessible to scholars worldwide. NO RSVP REQUIRED Click here for more information on Ayers' visit.
Teaching Visual Literacy
Wed Mar 22 12-1:30 Zoellner Lower Gallery
Silagh White (ArtsLehigh) and Ann Priester (Art & Architecture) will discuss techniques of open-ended questioning that faculty in any discipline can use to engage students and encourage them to think about, discuss, and better understand objects and images. Lunch will be provided RSVP required.
Google Scholar and Google Books
Wed Apr 12 4:10-5:00 MAG 101
Join Brian Davison and Christy Roysdon for an open discussion of Google's latest initiatives and how they affect faculty and students.
Teaching Creatively: Disciplinary Perspectives
Thurs Sept 29,
12-1:30 @ Zoellner, Lower Art Gallery.
first in a yearlong collaboration with ArtsLehigh, this session will
focus on creative approaches to teaching. Presenters: Ricardo Viera
(Art), Todd Watkins (Economics) and Rick Vinci (Materials Science).
Moderators: Norman Girardot, Bill Newman, Greg Reihman. Lunch provided, RSVP required.
What Is It and Why Should I Care? The Apple iPod
Oct 12, 12-1:30 @ Neville 3. Come see how the Apple iPod works and
learn about some instructional uses of this device. After a short
presentation, we will hold an open discussion on whether and how it
might be useful to you in your courses. We hope the presentation
discussion will spark some good ideas, raise interesting questions, and
help you become familiar with technologies that promise to enhance
teaching and learning on our campus. Presenters: Robin Deily, Ilena
Key, Jason Slipp.Lunch provided, RSVP required.
More on What the
Best College Teachers Do
Wed Oct 26,
12-1:30 @ Location UC 409
of chapters 1-3 of Ken Bain's "What the Best College Teachers Do,"
moderated by Greg Reihman. Lunch provided, RSVP required, open to Lehigh faculty.
Freshman Interdisciplinary Learning:
Fri Nov 4th,
Time and Location TBA
Professor Kip Hodges (Director of
the Earth System Initiative at MIT)
will discuss a course he co-teaches with faculty from Civil Engineering
that challenges students to solve complex, interdisciplinary problems. RSVP required.
Teaching about Creativity
Wed Nov 9,
4-5:30 @ ArtsLehigh House
The second in our yearlong
collaboration with ArtsLehigh, this session
will focus on some ways faculty teach to inspire creativity in their
students. Presenters: Anna Chupa (Design Arts), Tony Viscardi
(Architecture) and Graham Mitchell (CBE Entrepreneurship Program)
Moderators: Norman Girardot, Bill Newman, Greg Reihman RSVP required. .
Academic Integrity: The Role of
Fri Dec 2,
12-1:30 Location TBA
will discuss academic integrity at Lehigh, with a focus on
appropriate and effective uses of Turnitin, a web-based pagiarism
prevention tool that detects unoriginal material in written work.
Bring a lunch; drinks will be provided, RSVP required.
The Who, the How, and the Why of Blogging
Tuesday, February 8th
Room: Media Center Classroom, EWFM Library 379
Singh has his own
blog, Bob Rosenwein studies them, John Lennon will have students do
one this semester, Matt Weintraub is an obsessive blog reader. So, what's a blog and how can you use one? Come learn more from these
and other faculty members, and discuss some of the many ways that blogs
are being used by Lehigh faculty.
Laying the Groundwork for
Student Research in the Age of Google
Date: Thursday Feb 24
Time: 12 Noon
Room UC 303, lunch provided
How do students approach research projects and what can faculty do to
improve students' research skills? This session will highlight
the results of the ‘Research Skills Assessment,' taken by 534 incoming
Fall '04 Lehigh students. After briefly reviewing what the
Assessment reveals about student research abilities and attitudes, we
will offer suggestions for designing assignments that teach research
skills, discourage plagiarism, and enhance student learning.
Fostering Great Discussions and
Improving Student Participation
Date: Thursday, March 17th
Location: UC 403
Every class meeting has the potential for high quality discussion, but
faculty are often frustrated when student participation feels sluggish
or shallow. In this workshop, we'll discuss ways to establish the
conditions for productive discussions and explore techniques that
initiate and sustain great participation. Please join us for an
interesting discussion. Lunch will be sponsored by Faculty
Integrating Research into
Date: Monday March 21st
Location: UC 303
can research play in undergraduate education? How can one design
courses and assignments that more actively involve students in research
projects? David Anastasio and Susan Szczepanski will present
highlights from a recent conference on these topics (hosted by SUNY
Stony Brook's Reinvention Center) and lead a discussion among Lehigh
faculty. Please join us for an interesting discussion. Lunch will
be sponsored by Faculty Development.
Exemplary Uses of Blackboard
Date: Friday, April 1st
Room: UC 303
80% of Lehigh faculty use Blackboard but most never have a chance to
peek inside others' courses to get ideas for using this tool more
effectively. Come see what other faculty are doing with
Blackboard, hear what's working well…and be sure to bring along your
own suggestions to share. Please join us for an interesting
discussion. Lunch will be sponsored by Faculty Development.
Using the Financial Services Lab
as a Teaching Resource
Date: Wednesday April 6th
Location: Financial Services Lab, Rauch Business Center
The new Financial Services Lab is available for Lehigh faculty to use
for class activities, but how can faculty (both in CBE and beyond) take
advantage of this resource? Come meet with David Myers, Director
of the FSL, to learn more about the opportunities the Financial
Services Lab offers to faculty, and participate in a discussion how you
might incorporate the Lab into your teaching or research.
Date: Thursday, April 21
Location: Media Center Classroom, EWFM Library 379
This session will provide a general overview of the scientific
computing resources available at Lehigh (GRIDs, Beowulf Clusters and
SMP systems) and what they can do for faculty. The discussion
will be led by Paul Ryan and Gale Fritsche, from LTS, Jeff Linderoth
and Ted Ralphs, Asst. Professors of Industrial Engineering, and Adam
Balgach, a CS Grad student. The session will include an overview
on accessing the systems, charging mechanisms, the benefits of each
system and some examples of jobs that can be run.