TILT Working Groups

TILT Working Groups

  • Digital Media

    Overview:

    In less than two decades, digitized content and emergent tools used to produce and distribute that content have afforded individuals the ability to create powerful forms of social organization. Uncomplicated and inexpensive (often free) digital media tools allow individuals to create and publish content in a variety of forms, and to reach audiences unparalleled by previous media. Many digital media tools are now leveraging the Internet's connective power, allowing people with similar interests to locate each other, across generational, socio-economic and geographic boundaries, to build on their common and divergent understandings.

    Furthermore, these digital media affordances are the focal point of a growing body of emergent research. Digital media and learning (DMAL) is emerging as a thematic discipline that cuts across many different academic specializations. Researchers from a variety of academic disciplines (e.g., sociolinguistics, psychology, education) have converged thematically to form this new area of focus. The Digital Media and Learning Working Group (DML-WG) will explore the implication of these DMAL relationships and their impact on both formal and informal learning.

    The Digital Media and Learning working group met during the 2010-2011 academic year to consider these issues<

    Coordinator: James Folkestad

    Members: Jim Folkestad, Deb Colbert, Monica Hardy, David Gilkey, Al Powell, Sally Hibbitt, Adam Macke, Jesse Hausler

    Contact Info

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    Debora Colbert
    Director, Professional Development

    TILT, Rm 145
    Email Phone: 970.491.2645
  • Millenial Students

    Overview:

    In the Millennial Students working group, which met between 2008 and 2011, much of the discussion of the Millennial Generation focused on apparent differences in learning styles, attention spans, and interests between this generation of students and those who have come before them.

    Some of the members of the group questioned arguments that these students differ in fundamental ways, suggesting that each generation of students (since at least Plato) has been characterized as differing in some way from earlier generations. Whatever these differences are, or even whether they exist, it nonetheless seems clear that some faculty struggle to reach this newest generation of students.

    The members of this working group addressed research on Millennial students by asking a potentially intriguing question, and one that appears to have implications for teaching and learning: is there a mismatch between faculty expectations about students and student expectations about faculty?

    Coordinator: Barbara Wallner

    Members: Pamela Coke, Patrick Fahey, Ian Gordon, Jackie Hartman, Barb Hooper, Linda Kuk, Jim McCambridge, Patrick Plaisance, Paola Malpezzi-Price, Jean Radin, Tom Siller, Alyson Sothoron

    Contact Info

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    Debora Colbert
    Director, Professional Development

    TILT, Rm 145
    Email Phone: 970.491.2645
  • Students with Children

    Overview:

    The Students with Children working group was formed in 2007 to respond to a problem that has long faced students at CSU. Roughly 11 percent of CSU students are parents, and we are all familiar with the special challenges faced by these students–locating good childcare, finding space to study and write, and balancing academics and family/home demands, among many others.

    The goal of this working group was to explore how we might respond to the needs of these students and their families.

    This working group filed a Childcare Proposal in 2010. Those recommendations subsquently contributed to the planning of a new childcare facility on campus, which began construction in 2011.

    Coordinators: Lisa Langstraat and Jan Rastall

    Members: Janelle Adsit, Lilly Berger,Sandra Chapman, Debora Colbert, Jody Donovan,Cindy Griffin, Kari Jansen, Sari Keilman, Chris Linder, David McKelfresh, Meg Steinweg, Katharine Wormus

    Contact Info

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    Debora Colbert
    Director, Professional Development

    TILT, Rm 145
    Email Phone: 970.491.2645
  • Teaching with Technology

    Overview:

    During the 2007-2008 academic year, the Teaching with Technology working group brought together faculty, graduate students, and staff from across campus to discuss the use of information technologies in the classroom. Focuses of the group included new media, handheld technologies, course management systems, and computers in the classroom in more general (and by now, more traditional) terms.

    Coordinator: Carrie Lamanna

    Members: Shaun Beaty, David Bowen, David Greene, Brian Jones, Kate Kiefer, Jill Salahub, Stephen Thompson, Ray Whalen

    Contact Info

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    Debora Colbert
    Director, Professional Development

    TILT, Rm 145
    Email Phone: 970.491.2645
  • Teaching for Social Justice

    Overview:

    During the 2010-2011 academic year, this group examined the dynamics of teaching for social justice, including a critical examination of how we navigate our own identities as well as classroom content that often creates both connection and dissonance for some students.

    Student resistance to social justice content focused on power, oppression, and privilege as well as the instructors themselves was be a focal point of discussion and faculty engagement for the group. Discussions were conducted with the expectation that best practices for teaching social justice content would emerge from a diverse group of instructors who care about self and societal transformation.

    Coordinators: Edward J. Brantmeier and Noorjehan Kelsey Brantmeier

    Members: Christine Aguilar, Sharon Anderson, Antonette Aragon, Richard Breaux, Roe Bubar. Karina Lissette Cespedes, Emily Karen Dakin, Faye Deer, Louise Jennings, Rosemary Kreston, Chris Linder, Deborah Lombard, Kyle Pape, Malcolm E Scott, and Norberto Valdez

    Contact Info

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    Debora Colbert
    Director, Professional Development

    TILT, Rm 145
    Email Phone: 970.491.2645
  • Writing Across the Curriculum

    Overview:

    The Writing Across the Curriculum working group, which met between 2007 and 2009, addressed issues related to Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) at Colorado State University. The integration of writing into course curricula has a number of benefits, including helping students understand course content and think critically about issues as well as helping them improve as writers.

    Yet it's a challenge to balance the desire to use writing with the demands of designing, assigning, and responding to student writing. This group considered how new strategies, as well as those that have been suggested by WAC scholars over the past few decades, might be put into place or adapted for use at Colorado State.

    Coordinators: Sue Doe and Tobi Jacobi

    Members: Sandra Chapman, Sue Doe, David Gilkey, Neil Grigg, Tobi Jacobi, Lynn Kwiatkowski, Melinda Laituri, Janice Nerger, Andrew Norton, Jennifer Ogle, Sanjay Rajopadhye, and Laura Thomas

    Contact Info

    Photo of Debora Colbert

    Debora Colbert
    Director, Professional Development

    TILT, Rm 145
    Email Phone: 970.491.2645