As a member of the English faculty at Lake Superior College, I was awarded a sabbatical leave in Spring 2007 to broaden the global perspective of my composition and literature courses through new curricula development. I also took the opportunity to represent my institution as a guest lecturer at a Norwegian university and as a program reviewer and session chair at an international e-learning conference.

 

As part of my sabbatical work, I participated in the following activities:

  • MnSCU Luoma Leadership Annual Mid-Year Gathering
    February 8-9, St. Cloud State University, MN 

  • Minnesota Humanities Center: Global Issues Seminars
    February 2-3 and April 13-14, St. Paul, Minnesota 

  • 18th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning
    April 2-5, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

  • Guest Presenter at University of Tromsø, Norway: "Quality Online Education: A Shared Responsibility"
    May 15, Tromsø, Norway 

  • International Association for the Citizenship, Social & Economics Education (IACSEE) Conference: Constructing Curricula for International Understanding
    May 29-31, University of Tartu, Estonia

  • Proposal Reviewer for and session chair at the 2007 MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Research for Learning and Online Teaching) International Conference
    August 7-10, New Orleans, Louisiana

Finland Project

In Spring 2007, I also continued researching Finland's PISA assessment success within the MnSCU Faculty Award for Excellence program. I made field trips to and interviewed education experts at the following institutions:

Blog Development

During my sabbatical, I developed a new blog titled In Global Context to share ideas, assignments, and resources for globalizing college classrooms, with a focus on composition, literature, and e-learning applications. This blog contains several dozen lesson plans and classroom activities, for both online and face-to-face settings, which have been used by colleagues at Lake Superior College and other institutions, including a sociology course at Boston University.