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Carleton Teaching Activity Collection

This set of modules result from a partnership between Carleton's Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching (more info) and the Science Education Resources Center. The SERC tools for collection and dissemination of faculty expertise have been used to make ideas and activities, generated by Carleton faculty and staff, available in the larger Carleton web presence.


Each of the modules in this collection contains specific activities developed by faculty and staff during or after Carleton faculty development workshops. In some cases, these are lesson plans, labs, and assignments; in other cases, these are "idea" documents. Individual faculty and staff members prepared their materials for the web pages. The "front pages" of each module were written by Carleton faculty and visitors to Carleton who were involved in the workshops.

Modules


  • Carleton on Camera. This project began as an effort to capture actual classroom teaching at Carleton and pair it with faculty reflection on what they were trying to accomplish in their classrooms. The resulting short video presentations became a platform for established, successful teachers to reflect on how they think about the classroom, from small details to broad themes.
  • Faculty Coached, In-Class Problem Solving. This module was developed by Debby Walser-Kuntz, Sarah Deel, and Susan Singer and offers a new approach to teaching problem solving. In this class format, students work collaboratively to solve problems, while professors provide a structured, guided context. Each class is designed specifically to support students as they apply and synthesize new concepts they are learning; faculty introduce new concepts and play an active role interacting with each group of students as they work on problems. This module includes examples from an introductory biology course, but the approach can be applied to many different disciplines.
  • Quantitative Writing. This collection is based on two workshops held in December 2005 on "Writing with Numbers" (sponsored by the Carleton Writing Program , funded by a grant from the Archibald Bush Foundation and by QUIRK, Carleton's Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning and Knowledge Initiativeand "Start Seeing Numbers" sponsored by QUIRK, Carleton's Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning and Knowledge Initiative and by the Gould Library's Information Literacy initiative, funded by a grant from the Archibald Bush Foundation.
  • Quantitative Reasoning University - 2006. This collection is based on courses offered in the first "semester" of "Quantitative Reasoning University," sponsored by QUIRK, Carleton's Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning and Knowledge Initiative. These short courses for faculty and staff include offerings on choosing statistical tools; quantitative reasoning in arts, literature and humanities; teaching with Google Earth and many others.
  • Computational Modeling. This set of materials is based on a workshop from April 2006, funded by the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching (through a grant from the Mellon Foundation) and CISMI, the Carleton Interdisciplinary Science and Math Initiative, which receives funding from a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
  • Carleton's Energy Future. This set of materials is based on a December 2005 workshop, co-sponsored and funded by the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching (through a grant from the Mellon Foundation) and CISMI, the Carleton Interdisciplinary Science and Math Initiative, which receives funding from a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
  • Cows, Colleges and Curriculum: Sustainability Issues in the Classroom. This set of resources is based on June and August 2006 workshops, co-sponsored and funded by the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching (through a grant from the Mellon Foundation), CISMI, the Carleton Interdisciplinary Science and Math Initiative, which receives funding from a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the St. Olaf College Faculty Development fund.

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The Pedagogic Service Project is funded by a grant from the NSF National Science Digital Library program which is administered by the Division of Undergraduate Education in the Education and Human Resources Directorate (Grant # 0532768).

Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.




Carleton's Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching (more info) was established in 1992, the result of work done by a faculty-student committee. It was begun, in part, by a grant from the Archibald Bush Foundation. An endowment from the Bush Foundation now supports the Coordinator position in the LTC in the form of an endowed chair titled the Humphrey Doermann Professor of Liberal Learning. We are now the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching thanks to a generous endowment from Lawrence Perlman to support the operations of the center.


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