Call for proposals: 2012 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Thank you Sara McDowell for forwarding:


Centre Mont-Royal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 19 – 22, 2012

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) invites proposals for presentations at its 32nd Annual International Conference – “Learning without boundaries? Apprentissage sans limites?”

The theme of this conference is learning without boundaries. Questions to explore include:
• Does learning have boundaries?
• What boundaries do we have or need?
• Are boundaries productive? Constructive? Liberating?
• Which boundaries need to be re-drawn, crossed, broken or maintained?

The theme invites participants to expand their boundaries and /or bridges in areas related to:
• Research
• Teaching practices
• Learning environments
• Language, culture, and disciplines
• Learning support services such as: libraries, student services, service learning, stages/internships

Deadline: All proposals must be submitted by midnight Thursday January 19, 2012.

For more information and the full Call for Proposals, please visit the Conference website


Immersion ’12 Teacher/Program track applications due FRIDAY DEC 2

Forwarded from Patricia Bellamy, thanks!

From: Margot Conahan []
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011 12:53
Subject: Immersion ’12 Teacher/Program track applications due Friday 12/2

Hi Immersion alumni!

This Friday, December 2 (11:00 p.m. CST) is the application deadline for the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion ’12 Program (Teacher and Program tracks). Immersion ’12 will be held July 22-27, 2012, at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. Immersion ’12 Program provides four-and-a-half days of intensive information literacy training and education for academic librarians.  Whether your institution is just beginning to think about implementing an information literacy component or whether you have a program well under way, Immersion ‘12 will provide you with the intellectual tools and practical techniques to help your institution build or enhance its instruction program.

  • “I can honestly say I have never experienced a more holistic learning experience! WOW!” — Immersion ’11 participant
  • “Immersion has been an energizing experience – so full of new ideas, new perspectives, new minds and colleagues.” — Immersion ’11 participant
  • “This was definitely a career transforming experience.” — Immersion ’11 participant

Acceptance to Immersion ’12 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation.  Complete program and track details, along with application materials, are available online. Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or e-mail

Margot Conahan
Manager, Professional Development
Association of College and Research Libraries
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-2522; fax: 312-280-2520


CTSI Workshop Exploring What’s Behind “I don’t understand”

On Tuesday, November 22, 2011 we attended a CTSI workshop for faculty called Exploring What’s Behind ‘I don’t understand’ by Andrea Graham, Martha Harris and Tanya Lewis.  It was well attended with about 13 faculty members and the two of us. The two hour workshop was lecture style, but embedded with hands on activities. This is a summary of what we thought were the most important lessons learned:

  • This workshop examined different strategies for organizing confusion into a foundation for understanding. When we are successful, students are able to become independent learners.
  • A few examples that were covered were: concept mapping, ticket out the door, charting and index cards.
  • The focus was more geared towards teaching an entire course, but some of these tools could still be applied to the more typical library-related sessions

Maria and Mindy


More great library instruction case studies from Harvard Business School

Click on the title to watch these short 2-3 minute videos!  Descriptions are drawn from the innovations web site

Business at the Base of the Pyramid Knowledge Center
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Professor Kasturi Rangan and Senior Lecturer Michael Chu

“Professor Kasturi Rangan and Senior Lecturer Michael Chu describe their collaboration to create an Internet-based research portal for the rapidly changing field of business at the base of the pyramid. Designed to give students faster access to complex and diverse resources, the BBOP Knowledge Center has grown with student input and changing world events. As a result, students have identified significant business opportunities and the faculty have further refined the course based on new content.”


Informed Decision-making Exercise

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Professor Amy Edmondson

“The ability to find and then analyze information is a critical part of any general manager’s decision-making process. Professor Amy Edmondson talks about the Informed Decisions-making Exercise she created to help students compare the quality of information they found using different search methods and information sources. Working in teams, students used a variety of approaches to research solutions to business problems. Through analysis and reflection, the students compared their findings and developed frameworks to guide decision-making as informed leaders.”

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Professors Nabil El-Hage and Richard Ruback

“When Professors Nabil El-Hage and Richard Ruback created a new MBA course on the private equity industry, they wanted to supplement the class discussion with an analysis of the industries surrounding the potential investments presented in the cases. They developed an Context Analysis Exerciseusing critical thinking skills and research resources on a wide range of industries from hospital management to food processing. Students worked in teams to research industries, posted their analysis to the web, and acted as industry experts during class.”

Issue Analysis
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Professor Clayton Rose

“Professor Rose and Knowledge and Library Services (KLS) developed this Issue Analysis Exercise, in which teams of students completed research on a pre-identified topic related to the case, and then wrote an “issue analysis”. These summaries of their findings were reviewed as an enhancement to the case discussion. To assist research, custom resource pages for each topic were made available through a wiki interface where students were able to post as well as review analysis papers. This exercise offered a way to encourage quality writing skills and deeper, more focused information gathering.”

Want more information? Find more case studies from Harvard here:


Teaching and Learning Symposium CAPTION contest!

As a part of the 2011 TEACHING & LEARNING SYMPOSIUM, CTSI is holding a CAPTION CONTEST for UofT instructors and staff. Submit your caption for the attached cartoon for the chance to win a Dell Streak 7 Honeycomb tablet.

Three captions will be selected from the submitted entries. These three captions will be on display at the Teaching and Learning Symposium on Monday, November 28th at Hart House when attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the winner.


Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

Now available on the ALA web site, the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education “are designed to guide academic libraries in advancing and sustaining their role as partners in educating students, achieving their institutions’ missions, and positioning libraries as leaders in assessment and continuous improvement on their campuses. Libraries must demonstrate their value and document their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness and be prepared to address changes in higher education. “