SENCER

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June 16th
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Overview of the SENCER Project - Dr. Monica Devanas
10:30 Workshops (select one)
  How to SENCERize the Curriculum - Dr. Koupelis
An effort to revamp the undergraduate curriculum in the context of the SENCER ideals includes changes at the course level, approaches that cover majors and non-majors, research opportunities for undergraduates, and considerations of civic engagement on common ground between 2-yr and 4-yr colleges. These issues will be discussed in the context of any current efforts at your institution to strengthen the curriculum and the opportunities associated with such efforts.
  Scientific Communication and Engagement in Civic Discourse - Dr. Rick Dunning
How is science described, used, and misused in public media and in civic conversation. If, collectively, we are interested in the engagement of science in civic responsibility then the ways that science is communicated to the public and communicated about in public represent an important part of that engagement. My interest in the issues has arisen most directly from the teaching I do about global climate change but the same questions pervade many disciplines. As I look at the incredible range of information, misinformation, opinion, and even personal attacks I begin to understand better how confusing it all is for students.
  Internationalizing the Calculus Curriculum - Dr. John Zobitz
This project develops curricula that examine sustainability of an agricultural cooperative in rural northern Nicaragua. The cooperative will generate project ideas surrounded around sustainability (agricultural, environmental and economic). Students will apply their calculus knowledge to the project and report back results to the cooperative through remote technology means.

SENCER and Assessment: Measuring Outcomes from Courses to Programs - Dr. Monica Devanas
Assessing student learning frequently requires faculty to go beyond submitting grades, especially in SENCER courses where students are expanding their skills and values in addition to knowledge.

The faculty and instructors in SENCER community use multiple means of assessment and have collectively developed an online, customizable student assessment of learning gains instrument and reporting system, i.e. the SENCER-SALG. The diverse SENCER courses and programs use this tool as a common instrument for assessment evidence that is supplementary to the performance of students measured by grades.

Faculty have found that in using the SENCER-SALG they have better information about their students attitudes about their learning and strategies that improve their learning in science and as citizens; students are asked to think about their own learning; collet valuable feedback to improve their courses and programs.

In this workshop participants will review a framework for developing student learning goals and effective assessments for their courses and programs as well as consider how components of the SENCER-SALG may assist in these measures.

12:00 Lunch
1:15 Workshops (select one)
  How to SENCERize the Curriculum
Scientific Communication and Engagement in Civic Discourse
Internationalizing the Calculus Curriculum
SENCER and Assessment: Measuring Outcomes from Courses to Programs
2:30 Team Time and Poster Walk
Dr. Devanas and Dr. Koupelis will lead participants in a discussion around SENCER related ideas, resulting in shared learning, idea generation, and a gallery of ideas for application after the symposium.
5:30 Social Hour and Dinner at the Historic Hormel Home / 208 4th Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912
  Theatre Production: Fiddler on the Roof
Riverland Community College Frank Bridges Theater Directed by Dr. Jerry Girton, Faculty Emeritus In the village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores. One of Broadway's most beloved shows, Fiddler on the Roof has touched audiences around the world with its humor and warmth. Recommended for all ages. Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
June 17th
9:00 Plenary session: Leading Change - Dr. Theo Koupelis
How do we create a SENCER climate on campus? What is "leading change" about and what are the critical ingredients necessary to succeed in such an effort? These questions will be considered through Kotter's 8-step process, an incomplete model that nevertheless offers a good starting point for such a discussion; the strengths and weaknesses of the model will be discussed also. Each step of the process will be examined in the context of the change you would like to see at your institution.
10:15 Engage! Open dialog with SENCER practitioners
Dr. Monica Devanas, Dr. Theo Koupelis, Dr. Rick Dunning, and Dr. John Zobitz Panel discussion. Participant’s opportunity to ask questions
11:30 Lunch and Launch
Boxed lunch and informal conversations with SENCER specialists