Weekly Update | June 16, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

The First Year Seminar (FYS) Fellows took part in a workshop on Thursday, June 15th and Friday, June 16th with guest speaker Danielle Lake, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Dr. Lake’s dissertation research centered on approaches to “wicked problems.” She specializes in problem based learning. As you know, FYS is being reimagined using a challenge question to engage students in experiential learning and orient them to clusters. Dr. Lake shared valuable insights for delivering a course using this framework. To learn more about “wicked problems” and how it might fit into your pedagogy, we recommend reading Cathie Leblanc’s blog post on the subject. It provides a well framed understanding of the concept and how it could look for FYS (and other classes).

The Gen Ed Task Force continues to look at student outcomes through a retreat last week. Gen Ed Committee continues to look at ways to incorporate 3 and 4-credit programs.

Construction on campus continues. For instance, the print journal shelving from the Main Level of Lamson Learning Commons has been removed making room for the new open lab space. Compact shelving on the ground level, combined with more digital subscriptions, are enabling this change. The space will be re-carpeted for fall and will eventually be set up as additional open lab space. The library classroom is getting a remake this summer and should be ready by fall. Updates on other spaces in the weeks ahead.

Have a great weekend!

The Academic Dean Team