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TLA Dialogue Groups - Past Materials Archive

2011-12 Liberal Arts  2007-08 Genuine Dialogue Across Differences  2003-04 Optimal Learning Environment
2010-11 Creativity 2006-07 Positive Learning 2002-03 General Education Requirements
2009-10 Reflective Learning 2005-06 What's an Educated Person?  
2008-09 Sustainability 2004-05 Civic Engagement

2011-2012:

BIG Question:

How can we engage and connect multiple voices to stregthen WWU as a 21st-century liberal arts university?

TLA Liberal Arts Legacy Project

The liberal arts legacy project provides an overview of TLA's journey in developing and answering the study question for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Spring 2012 Dialogue Groups - Highlights

Round 1 (April 4/5): Highlights, Opening PowerPoint

Round 2 (April 18/19): Highlights

Round 3 & 4: Strengthening a Liberal Arts Education at WWU - TLA Proposals

Winter 2012 Dialogue Groups - Highlights

Round 1 (Jan. 11/12): Highlights, Opening PowerPoint

Round 2 (Jan. 25/26): Highlights

Round 3 (Feb. 8/9): Highlights

Round 4 (Feb. 22/23): Highlights

Round 5 (March 7/8): Highlights

Fall 2011 Dialogue Groups - Highlights

Round 1 (Oct. 5/6): Highlights, Opening PowerPoint

Round 2 (Oct. 19/20): Highlights

Round 3 (Nov. 2/3): Highlights

Round 4 (Nov. 16/17): Highlights

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2010-2011:

BIG Question:

What if we envisioned the most creative WWU we can imagine - one that fosters intellectual risk taking, life-long learning, and preparing graduates for a changing world? What would this creative university look like if we took advantage of existing structures that already work this way and (re)invented new ones?

Spring 2011 Dialouge Groups - Highlights

Round 1 (April 6/7): Highlights, Opening PowerPoint

Round 2 (April 20/21): Highlights

Round 3 (May 4/5): Highlights

Round 4 (May 18/19): Highlights

Winter 2011 Dialogue Groups - Highlights

Round 1 (Jan. 12/13): Highlights, Opening PowerPoint

Round 2 (Jan. 26/27): Highlights

Round 3 (Feb. 9/10): Highlights

Round 4 (Feb. 23/24): Highlights

Round 5 (March 9/10): Highlights

Fall 2010 Dialogue Groups - Highlights

Round 1 (Sept. 29/30): Opening PowerPoint

Round 2 (Oct. 13/14): Highlights

Round 3 (Oct. 27/28): Highlights

Round 4 (Nov. 17/18): Highlights

Round 5 (Dec. 1/2): Fall 2010 Legacy

Creativity Resources

A public dialogue about belief - one essay at a time.

Sir Ken Robinson's 2006 talk "Do schools kill creativity?"

Sir Ken Robinson's follow-up, 2010 talk that calls for a revolution in education that steps outside linear learning models

Newsweek article by Pro Bronson and Ashly Merryman on "The Creativity Crisis"

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2009-2010:

BIG Question:

What do WE mean by a sustainable, reflective learning culture?  And how might we use that shared understanding to strengthen connections:

  • between existing resources and members of the campus community to provide individualized guidance and co-mentoring?
  • between the lived experiences of teachers and learners outside of the classroom and what is happening in the classroom to provide engaging learning experiences?
  • across borders within WWU and between WWU and external communities to provide interdisciplinary/ community-based learning experiences?

Spring 2010

Round 1 (Apr. 7/8): Opening Survey, Welcome Powerpoint Presentation

Round 2 (Apr. 21/22): Highlights

Round 3 (May 5/6): Action Proposals and 3D Models: Campus Commons Proposal; Campus Commons 3D Model; Common Interest Groups Proposal; Common Interest Groups 3D Model; Community Welcome Day Proposal; Community Welcome Day 3D Model; Promising Practices Proposal; Promising Practices 3D Model; Reflective Garden Proposal; Reflective Garden 3D Model

Round 4 (May 19/20): Final Campus Commons Proposal; Final Common Interest Groups Proposal; Final Community Welcome Day Proposal; Final Promising Practices Proposal; Final Reflective Garden Proposal

Academy Awards reception and ceremony June 2nd, 2010 from 4:30-6:00pm in VU 565.

Winter 2010

Round 1 (Jan. 13/14): Opening Survey

Round 2 (Jan. 27/28): Highlights, Project Leadership Week Description

Round 3 (Feb 10/11): Highlights

Round 4 (Feb. 24/25): Highlights

Round 5 (Mar. 10/11): Reflective Learning Spaces, Session 4 Highlights, Closing Survey

Fall 2009

Round 1 (Sept. 30/Oct.1): Welcome to TLA PowerPoint Presentation, Opening Survey, Conversational Agreements

Round 2 (Oct. 14/15): Highlights

Round 3 (Oct. 28/29): Highlights

Round 4 (Nov. 18/19): Highlights, Session 3 Notes

Round 5 (Dec. 2/3): F09 TLA Legacy Quilt, Closing Survey

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2008-09:

BIG Question:

How can WE live out our mission and create a sustainable future at Western that saves money and builds on diversity?

Resources on sustainability and diversity

Spring 2009

Round 1 (April 8/9): Opening Survey

Round 2 (April 22/23): Highlights

Round 3 (May 6/7): Highlights

Round 4 (May 20/21): Highlights

Round 5 (June 3/4): Closing Survey, Student Mentoring Proposal, Enhancing the GERs Proposal, Quarterly Info Fair Proposal, Interactive Spaces Proposal, Rejuvenation Proposal

Winter 2009

Round 1 (Jan. 14/15): Opening Survey

Round 2 (Jan. 28/29): Highlights

Round 3 (Feb. 11/12): Highlights

Round 4 (Feb. 25/26): Highlights

Round 5 (Mar. 11/12): Highlights, Closing Survey

Fall 2008

Round 1 (Oct. 8/9): Opening Survey; Ground Rules

Round 2 (Oct. 22/23): Week 1 Highlights

Round 3 (Nov. 5/6): Week 2 Highlights, WWU Strategic Action Plan Handout

Round 4 (Nov. 19/20): Week 3 Highlights

Round 5 (Dec. 3/4): Week 4 Highlights, Closing Survey

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2007-08:

BIG Question:

What keeps us from genuine dialogue across multiple perspectives? And what would encourage that dialogue in sustaining a respectful, inclusive learning culture? We pursued three thematic strands related to this larger question: Identity and Influence; Co-Mentoring and Co-Inquiry; and Innovations in Assessing Teaching and Learning.

Spring 2008

Round 1 (April 23/24): Opening Survey

Round 2 (May 7/8): Working Groups

Round 3 (May 21/22): Session 2 Highlights

Round 4 (June 4/5): Session 3 Highlights, Closing Survey

Winter 2008

Round 1: Opening Survey

Round 2: Working Groups

Round 3: Week 2 Highlights

Round 4: Week 3 Highlights

Round 5: Week 4 Highlights, Closing Survey

Fall 2007

Round 1: Opening Survey, Environmental Influences & Student Success

Round 2: Week 1 Highlights

Round 3: Week 2 Highlights: Identity and Influence Highlights, Co-mentoring/Co-inquiry Highlights, Innovations in Assessing Teaching and Learning Highlights, Highlights from Environmental Influences Workshop

Round 4: Week 3 Highlights: Identity and Influence Highlights, Co-mentoring/Co-inquiry Highlights, Innovations in Assessing Teaching and Learning Highlights

Round 5: Closing Survey, Photo Release

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2006-07:

BIG Question:

How do we create a positive learning culture at Western that is

  • motivated by hope,
  • marked by a sense of shared humanity, and
  • made possible by the active engagement of many?

Spring 2007

Round 1: Opening Survey, Learning Disruptions Survey

Round 2: Opening Survey Highlights

Round 3: Highlights

Round 4: Highlights

Round 5: Closing Survey

Learning Disruptions
In May 2007, TLA members Josh Bergman, Kari Painter, Luke Ware, and Carmen Werder facilitated a conference session studying learning disruptions at the Pacific Northwest Higher Education Teaching & Learning Conference.
Based on information from WWU students and faculty as well as session participants, the study generated common disruptions, hypothesized potential causes, and proposed promising strategies.

Winter 2007

Round 1: Opening Survey, Opening Survey Results

Round 2: Memo to Manual Group, Memo to Mentoring Group, Good Stories Project Description, Digital Viking Proposal

Round 3: Highlights

Round 4: Highlights

Round 5: Highlights, Closing Survey

Fall 2006

Round 1: Carmen's Welcome Letter, Opening Survey, Carmen's Follow-up Letter, Highlights

Round 2: Highlights, Talking Points

Round 3: Highlights

Round 5: Highlights, Closing Survey

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2005-06:

BIG Question:

What do we mean by an educated person? And how might we structure WWU to honor and sustain that kind of education?

Spring 2006

Round 1: Carmen's Welcome Letter

Round 2: Preliminary list of Academy Award nominees

Round 3: Highlights

Round 4: Highlights

Round 5: Closing Survey

Sustaining Student Voices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning This webpage features contributions from five schools (Western Washington University, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Washington at Bothell, California State University, and North Seattle Community College) each showing how they value the student voice.

Winter 2006

Round 1: Carmen's Letter

Round 2: Highlights and thoughts about the next TLA session

Round 3: Highlights from this week's TLA

Round 4: Proposals arising from the TLA

Round 5: Closing Survey

A Carnegie Foundation article highlighting Western's TLA and our own student scholar Erik Skogsberg.

Fall 2005

Round 1: October 5-6 Highlights, Opening Survey, "Fire" and lastly the Goals of the TLA

Round 2: "To Look at Any Thing" and October 19-20 Highlights

Round 3: November 2-3 Highlights

              JPEGs of your metaphors:

              Page I      Page II      Page III     Page IV     Page V     Page VI 

              Page VII   Page VIII   Page IX     Page X      Page XI    Page XII

Round 4: November 16-17 Highlights

Round 5: Closing Survey

Video: "Student Voices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: So What?" In the Fall of 2005, Carmen Werder and Erik Skogsberg attended the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) conference in British Columbia where they headlined a session entitled "Student Voices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: So What?" During their presentation, they showed this 15 minute video, which contains students, staff, and faculty discussing the importance of student voices in education.

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2004-05:

BIG Question:

What role, if any, should/does the University play in the development of ethical reasoning or civic engagement?

Spring 2005

Round 1: April 6-8 Highlights

Round 2: April 20-22 Highlights

Round 3: May 4-6 Highlights

Round 4: May 18-20 Highlights, Closing Survey

Preliminary Waterfront Proposal The final product of the 2004-2005 TLA, this document details our ideas for the renovation of the property fronting Bellingham Bay.

2005 Academy Award Rationales These rationales came from the nominating ballots that centered around this year's study question. Thank you to all of those who wrote such articulate and well thought-out reasons for nominating these people and groups. These were read at the May 19th ceremony in the Solarium and we hope you enjoyed our ceremony.

Winter 2005

Round 1:Jan 11 Highlights

Round 2: Jan 12-14 Highlights

Round 3: Jan 26-28 Highlights

Round 4: Feb. 9-11 Highlights

Round 5: Feb. 23-25 Highlights

Fall 2004

Academic Integrity Guidelines This document, compiled by Carmen Werder, captures the recommendations and considerations generated by the Fall 2004 TLA sessions and class discussions.

Round 1: Oct. 6-8 Highlights

Round 2: Oct. 20-22 Highlights

Round 3: Nov.3-5 Highlights

Round 4: Nov. 17-19 Highlights

Round 5: Dec. 1-3 Highlights

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2003-04:

BIG Question:

What do we count as the features of an optimal learning environment? And what evidence of those features do we see here at Western?

Spring 2004

Round 1: Fall/Winter Highlights

Round 2: Week 1 Highlights

Round 3: Week 2 Highlights

Round 4: Week 3 Highlights

Round 5: Closing Survey Highlights

Winter 2004

Round 1 Highlights: Week of 01/12/04

Round 2 Highlights: Week of 01/26/04

Round 3 Highlights: Week of 02/09/04

Round 4/5 Highlights: Special Interest Group Artifacts
Collection of Classroom/Onsite Visits
Collection of Communication Forums
Collection of Faculty/Professional Development
Collection of "Features of an Optimal Learning Environment"
Collection of "Promising Practices Learning Compendium"

Fall 2003

Round 1 Highlights: Week of 10/7/03

Round 2 Highlights: Week of 10/21/03

Round 3 Highlights: Week of 11/04/03

Round 4 Highlights: Week of 11/18/03

Round 5 Highlights: Results of the Closing Survey

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2002-03:

BIG Question:

What do we want for our general education requirements?

Spring 2003

Round 1 Highlights: Week of 04/08/03

Round 2 Highlights: Week of 04/22/03

Round 3 Highlights: Week of 05/06/03

TLA Response to the GenEd Task Force: May 12th Report to GETF

Round 4 Highlights: Week of 05/20/03

Round 5 Highlights: Results of the Closing Surveys

Winter 2003

Round 1 Highlights: Week of 01/15/03

Round 2 Highlights: Week of 01/29/03 & Faculty Forum

Faculty Forum on GenEd Reform: Faculty Forum 01/29/03 Highlights

Round 3 Highlights: Week of 02/12/03

Round 4 Highlights: Week of 02/26/03

Fall 2002

Round 1 Highlights: Week of 10/07/02

Round 2 Highlights: Week of 10/25/02

Round 3 Highlights: Week of 11/04/02

Round 4 Highlights: Week of 11/18/02

Round 5 Highlights: Week of 12/02/02

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