This week: Sept 25th, 2009

1."Assessment in Online Courses – Part 1."

Explorations in Instructional Technology sponsored by MSU Libraries, Computing, and Technology,
and the MSU College of Natural Science

12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in 105 Natural Science Building.
Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact Byron Brown (

October 2 Adele Denison, MSU Physiology, Cathleen McGreal, MSU Psychology, and Byron Brown, MSU Economics and LC&T. First of a two-part discussion series on assessment practices and issues in online courses.

2. Developing Communication and Conflict Management Skills to Save Time and Enhance Productivity
A free workshop for Graduate Students to help you survive and thrive in graduate school. To allow for more interaction, the workshop is limited to 30 graduate students. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Lunch and parking are provided.

Learn effective negotiation and communication strategies to resolve conflicts and also to prevent them from occurring.

Presented by: Dr. Julie Brockman, Program Coordinator, The Graduate School
Dr. Tony Nunez, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Dr. Janet Lillie, Department of Communication
Mr. Parker Huston, Department of Psychology

Friday, October 9, 2009
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM (boxed lunch is provided)
Check-in begins at 8:30 AM
Workshop begins PROMPTLY at 9:00 AM
Room 6, Student Services Building
REGISTRATION:To register, send an email to: and include your name, department, e-mail address, and the name of the workshop (Conflict Management Workshop).

3. Searching for an Academic Position: How to be Successful
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Room 6, Student Services Building

To be successful and efficient in the academic job search process it is essential to understand the diversity of opportunities in American academia. Large or small, public or private, two- or four-year this workshop will provide participants with a better understanding of the different types of academic institutions; how to look, apply for, and secure positions at various types of institutions; and what to expect as a new faculty member at different types of institutions. From this workshops students will learn how and where to find academic positions, how they might evaluate positions, and how to prepare application materials for different types of institutions. Presenters: Dr. Matt Helm (MSU), Dr. Karen Klomparens (MSU, Dean of The Graduate School), Dr. Michael Nealon (Lansing Community College, Chair-Humanities and Performing Arts), Dr. John Stevenson (Grand Valley State University, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies), Dr. Michael Stob (Calvin College, Dean for Institutional Effectiveness)

Registration is required. To register send an email to: Please include your name, department, e-mail address, name of the workshop, and date of the workshop. This workshop is limited to 60 participants on a first come, first served basis.

4. The Departments of Teacher Education and CEPSE, with the Center for the Scholarship of Teaching invite you to a book talk:
Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America (Teachers College Press, 2009)
Allan Collins, Northwestern University

Thursday, October 1, 2009
3:30-5:00 pm
252 Erickson Hall

All around us people are learning with the aid of new technologies: children are playing complex video games, workers are taking online courses to get an advanced degree, students are taking courses at commercial learning centers to prepare for tests, adults are consulting Wikipedia, etc. New technologies create learning opportunities that challenge traditional schools and colleges. These new learning niches enable people of all ages to pursue learning on their own terms. People around the world are taking their education out of school into homes, libraries, Internet cafes, and workplaces, where they can decide what they want to learn, when they want to learn, and how they want to learn.

The developments described above are changing how people think about education. This rethinking will take many years to fully penetrate our understanding of the world and the society around us. To be successful, leaders will need to grasp these changes in a deep way and bring the government’s resources to bear on the problems raised by the changes that are happening. They will have to build their vision of a new education system around these new understandings. The rethinking that is necessary applies to many aspects of education and society. We are beginning to rethink the nature of learning, motivation, and what is important to learn. Further the nature of careers are changing and how people transition back and forth between learning and working. These changes demand a new kind of educational leadership and changing roles for government. New leaders will need to understand the affordances of the new technologies, and have a vision for education that will bring the new resources to everyone.

Note on the author: Allan Collins is Professor Emeritus of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, and a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Cognitive Science Society, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served as a founding editor of Cognitive Science and as first chair of the Cognitive Science Society. He has studied teaching and learning for over 30 years, and written extensively on related topics. He is best known in psychology for his work on how people answer questions, in artificial intelligence for his work on reasoning and intelligent tutoring systems, and in education for his work on situated learning, inquiry teaching, design research, and cognitive apprenticeship. From 1991 to 1994, he was Co-Director of the US Department of Education’s Center for Technology in Education.

The Community Evaluation and Research Center (CERC) at Michigan State University is pleased to announce The Evaluation Circle, a series of workshops on evaluation theory and practice for the MSU and broader Michigan community. As part of The Evaluation Circle, we plan to offer two workshops each semester, beginning in the fall of 2009. These workshops are designed to cover evaluation topics that are often not addressed in the typical graduate curriculum. The workshops are free and open to all members of the MSU community. All participants are asked to register before the workshops
Friday, October 30, 2009
Kellogg Center | Room 61:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Miles McNall, Ph.D.
Evaluation is sometimes viewed as simply one form of applied social science. However, evaluation has a set of unique theoretical and practical concerns that make it much more than this, including the role of evaluation in social problem solving, values that undergird criteria of merit or worth, and methods for facilitating the use of evaluation findings. This session will focus on the development of evaluation as a discipline and the evolution of its major theoretical approaches. No prior knowledge of evaluation is expected of participants.

6.Center for Statistical Training Workshop
Title: Sample Size Determination
Presenter: Dr. Alla Sikorskii
Date: Friday October 02, 2009
Time: 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location: 402 Computer Center
Registration Begins: Wednesday September 02, 2009
Description: Sample size and power considerations for studies aiming to determine the effect of a treatment will be discussed.
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