A campus locus for conversations about learning and teaching in the liberal arts.
The past couple of decades have brought dramatic changes in the ways we structure knowledge, in what we have come to understand about effective teaching and learning, and in the possibilities afforded by new technologies for improving teaching and learning. The Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts (CILA) was founded in 2000 to provide support for St. Olaf College faculty working to meet the challenges posed by these changes. On the premise that the liberal arts colleges are ideal laboratories for pedagogical innovation and reform, CILA seeks to provide time and space for conversations and collaboration among faculty about learning, teaching, and scholarship.
Coming up in CILA
AUGUST 2018 new faculty orientation
Wednesday-Friday August 15-17 – Orientation and workshop sessions
Monday August 27 and Wednesday August 29 – Orientation and information sessions
FALL 2018 CILA Faculty Conversations and other gatherings:
Join faculty and staff colleagues for lunch discussions around interesting topics in teaching and learning. Unless otherwise noted, all lunches are in the Valhalla Dining Room, 11:45-1:15, with the presentation and discussion from noon-1:00. SAVE THESE DATES! Conversation descriptions and presenters are announced by email, along with a request for RSVPs.
See Conversations from past semesters here.
Tuesday September 18 Building a Culture of Classroom Observation
Thursday September 27, 3:30-5:00pm CILA/ASC Faculty Workshop series “Designing an Inclusive Classroom” – Why, What, and How: Principles of Universal Design Learning
Wednesday October 3 To Include is to Excel: One Year On
Tuesday October 9 Life on Campus: Histories and Futures of Higher Education
Tuesday October 30, 3:30-5:00pm CILA/ASC Faculty Workshop series “Designing an Inclusive Classroom” – Designing Assignments
Wednesday October 31 Supporting Diverse Writers and Researchers
Tuesday November 6 Inquiry in Support of Student Learning: Success Stories from the Battlefield
Wednesday November 14 Teaching, Fast and Slow
Tuesday November 27 E-Portfolios – Some St. Olaf Examples
Fall 2018 Office Hours
Mary Titus, Director of CILA
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00-12:00