About Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Frost Davis Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology Rebecca Frost Davis joined St. Edward’s in July 2013 as Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology, where she provides leadership in the development of institutional vision with respect to the use of technology in pursuit of the university’s educational mission and collaborates with offices across campus to create and execute strategies to realize that vision. Instructional Technology helps faculty transform and adapt new digital methods in teaching and research to advance the essential learning outcomes of liberal education. Previously, Dr. Davis served as program officer for the humanities at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), where she also served as associate director of programs. Prior to her tenure at NITLE, she was the assistant director for instructional technology at the Associated Colleges of the South Technology Center and an assistant professor of classical studies at Rhodes College, Denison University, and Sewanee: The University of the South. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in classical studies and Russian from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Davis is also a fellow with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). As a NITLE Fellow, Dr. Davis will develop a literature review relevant to intercampus teaching, which will cover contextual issues such as team-teaching, teaching through videoconferencing, and collaboration; a survey of intercampus teaching at NITLE member institutions; and several case studies of intercampus teaching at liberal arts colleges, including interviews with faculty, students, support staff, and administrators. This work will be summarized in a final report or white paper to be published by NITLE. At Rebecca Frost Davis: Liberal Education in a Networked World, (http://rebeccafrostdavis.wordpress.com/) Dr. Davis blogs about the changes wrought by new digital methods on scholarship, networking, and communication and how they are impacting the classroom. In her research, she explores the motivations and mechanisms for creating, integrating, and sustaining digital humanities within and across the undergraduate curriculum.

Community Feedback on Draft SLOs & Requirements for Curriculum Elements

In February 2017 GERC surveyed all faculty and key staff on draft student learning outcomes (SLOs) and other requirements for the Foundations, Content and Contexts, and Culminating Experience portions of the new general education curriculum.  The survey results can be found  here: requirements.survey.results.Report-1ynzxya.

St. Edward’s University is in its third year of a four-year general education curriculum revision.  In April 2016 we passed a general education curriculum framework.  In the Fall of 2016 over 80 faculty and key staff worked in Requirement Development Committees to draft the student learning outcomes (SLOs) and other requirements of each element of the curriculum.  In addition to direct SEU community feedback via survey, GERC also gathered input from deans representing the views of their respective schools.  The proposed SLOs and other requirements will be revised according to all of this feedback, then will be brought to Curriculum Committee and Academic Council.

2017-2018 Innovation Fellowships to Support General Education Revision

light bulb turned onThe Office of Academic Affairs, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Munday Library, and the Office of Instructional Technology of St. Edward’s University invite proposals from faculty for the 2017-18 Innovation Fellowship to be submitted by March 10, 2017. These fellowships will support faculty who need time, resources, and expertise to include pedagogical experimentation in their courses by providing a $1200 stipend, the opportunity to participate in the Summer 2017 Innovation Institute, May 15-26, 2017, and the opportunity to be part of a community of faculty fellows focused on pedagogical innovation. Continue reading

ePortfolios?

GERC in partnership with the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Development Committee is seeking input on the idea of ePortfolios for use in both general education and for the QEP.  Since the term ePortfolio is already in use on campus in a variety of ways, this blog post provides information on how the ePortfolio might be used for general education and the QEP and points to further resources.  GERC and QEP representatives are also visiting school meetings and slides from those presentations are available in box: https://stedwards.box.com/s/rxe7dh7emw909nmvz6h9kxbwnl4xshsz Continue reading

What’s Next for Requirement Development?

In Fall 2016 committees with multi-school representation (generally 3-6 members) convened to develop each of the components of the general education curriculum.  For more about that process, see this blog post, Development of Curriculum Framework Elements, and see our People page for a list of committee members.  Over 80 faculty members participated in process.  The committees drafted student learning outcomes (SLOs) and other course requirements.  Most groups have finished, but a few are still working.  So, what will happen next with the proposals crafted by these groups?  Here is a tentative timeline for approving that work.

End of January Requirement SLOs on GERC web site
February Dean input (school feedback)
February Survey of faculty (individual feedback)
March SLOs revised according to community feedback (if needed)
When changes are complete (late March/April): Proposed SLOs go to Curriculum Committee and then Academic Council
2017-2018 Academic School year Sections staffed, faculty development, course development, Banner, Degree Works, assessment plans, plans for transfer students,…

 

New Member of the General Education Revision Committee (GERC)

One new member has been named to the general education revision committee (GERC) for Spring 2017:
  • Bill Nichols (Associate Professor of Global Studies)
Bill served on Curriculum Models group that helped develop our general education framework and chaired the Global Perspectives Requirement Development Group.  In addition two former members have now returned:  Lynn Rudloff (Humanities) has rejoined GERC now that her sabbatical is over, and Michael Saclolo (Natural Sciences) has returned after teaching in Angers, France for the Fall 2016 semester.  For more information on who serves on various groups developing our general education curriculum, see our People page.

Development of Curriculum Framework Elements

Now that our new general education framework has been approved, our next task is the define what elements of that framework mean in terms of student learning outcomes and other requirements.  In Fall 2016 committees of content experts will be convened to define each element in more detail.  GERC has established criteria, i.e., needed expertise, for the members of each committee and asked the deans of each school to nominate appropriate faculty.  Once the membership of these Requirement Development Committees has been ratified by GERC and the council of deans, each group will be charged with establishing student learning outcomes and any other features that should be required for the curriculum component.  The deadline for development is the end of the Fall 2016 semester.  The elements of the curriculum to be developed are:

Skills and Competencies

  1. Quantitative Reasoning
  2. Modern Languages
  3. Oral Communication
  4. Writing I and II and writing-rich flag

Content and Context

  1. Science
  2. Reexamining America
  3. Global Perspectives
  4. Exploring Expressive Works 
  5. Creativity and Making
  6. Ethics: 
  7. Theology and Religion

Other Components

  • Pathways

Integrations

  • Writing-rich courses (to be developed in conjunction with writing skills and competencies)
  • Experiential Learning for Social Justice
  • Social Identities
  • Culminating Experience

New Members of the General Education Revision Committee (GERC)

Three new members have been named to the general education revision committee (GERC) for Fall 2016.  They are:
  • Chuck Hauser (Associate Professor of Biology)
  • Alex Robinson (Assistant Professor of Art)
  • Katie Peterson (Assistant Professor of Reading)
All three served on Curriculum Models groups that helped develop our general education framework.  After the retirement of Grant Simpson, Katie Peterson is now the representative from the School of Education.  Alex Robinson and Chuck Hauser are both interim members while the representatives from their schools are away from campus.  Lynn Rudloff (Humanities) is on sabbatical, and Michael Saclolo (Natural Sciences) is teaching in Angers, France for the semester.  For more information on who serves on various groups developing our general education curriculum, see our People page.

General Education Framework Passes

Faculty members at St. Edward’s University approved the proposed general education framework today in a vote of 131 Yes, 13 No, and 5 voting abstentions.  88% of those voting approved the framework.  On the decision of the Faculty Senate, the vote was assigned to the Collegium (consisting of full time faculty and adjunct faculty teaching at least 2 courses in this semester) and conducted electronically.  Failure to vote was considered an abstention.

Open Curriculum Model Presentation, Friday, February 5, 3 pm

If you haven’t gotten a chance to hear about the proposed curricular framework for our revised general education curriculum, please join the General Education Renewal Committee (GERC) for a presentation on Friday, February 5, 3-4 pm in the North Reading Room of the Library.  This presentation is open to all interested faculty and staff.

During the Fall 2015 the Curriculum Models Group reviewed the feedback from the August 2015 General Faculty Meeting as well as the other feedback gathered from St. Edward’s University students, alumni, faculty and staff during the renewal process.  Specifically, committee members considered feedback on the 3 sample models and used it to shape a single Proposed Curriculum Model.

This curriculum framework is being presented to SEU faculty in school meetings during the month of January.  It will also be presented to the Student Senate on Thursday, February 4 at 7 pm.  Following these presentations, all SEU faculty and key staff members will be able to submit feedback in a February straw poll.  GERC will consider this feedback and address major concerns, then present a curriculum model for formal Senate vote in approximately March 2016.

Curriculum Models and Commonalities

St. Edward's University faculty discuss general education curriculum models at the Fall 2015 faculty meeting.

St. Edward’s University faculty discuss general education curriculum models at the Fall 2015 faculty meeting.

Three groups of faculty (subgroups of the curriculum models group) worked in Spring 2015 to generate potential models for our general education curriculum based on best practices for general education and the data gathered by the General Education Renewal Committee (GERC) to date.  GERC seeks feedback both on the commonalities between the models and on individual aspects of each models.  To share your ideas, please do one of the following:

  1. Submit a comment to our feedback survey: http://stedwards.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_55t8EpRZcf8cEZL
  2. Upload a document on our feedback page: Feedback
  3. Contact a member of GERC: See the list with contact information on the People page.

View the Curriculum Models and Commonalities

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