News From the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT)
Education Professionals Expanding their Horizons
Since 2006, Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT) and the Lone Star College System (LSCS) in Houston, TX have worked together to identify the professional development needs of educators in the Houston area and deliver the training needed to support them. The Expanding Horizons Professional Learning Institute is one of many positive outcomes that represent the ongoing collaboration between LCIRT and the Lone Star College System.
The Expanding Horizons Professional Learning Institute is an annual conference that brings together attendees representing a wide array of divisions including postsecondary, secondary, consultancies, and private institutions who are interested in gaining new insights on learning and discovering useful methods and strategies that may be readily applied to their own.
The 2013 Expanding Horizons Professional Learning Institute will be held, in collaboration with AHEAD in Texas, November 21 - 22 at the Lone Star Community Building and Conference Center, 5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX. Among the list of presenters is Dr. Manju Banerjee, Landmark College Vice President and Director of LCIRT, who will present on "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Undertanding Postsecondary Academic Challenges and Interventions."
For more information and registration for The Expanding Horizons Conference.
Certificate Program in Universal Design: Technology Integration Is Accepting Applications
Landmark College is offering an online, blended, low-residency Professional Development Certificate in Universal Design: Technology Integration (UD-TI). The program is targeted towards professionals/educators and graduate students in special education and postsecondary disability services. The goal is to equip participants with comprehensive understanding and practical experience in Universal Design and its application through instructional and assistive technologies. The complete program is one year in duration and consists of five courses. Currently, course credits are offered through Marlboro College Graduate School. Noncredit options and individual course registrations are also available
Read more about the Professional Development Certificate in UD-TI.
Join Us for the Putney Summer Institute in June!
This year's Summer Institute will take place June 23-25, 2014 at the Landmark College campus in Putney, Vermont.
TinkerPlots Grant Update
LCIRT has been working in collaboration with the Mathematics and Computer Science department on a National Science Foundation-funded project aimed at improving how we teach introductory statistics. The project team – consisting of Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, Michelle Bower and Frank Klucken – are nearing the end of their first year of work on this project. The team has developed an approach to teaching statistics that helps students explore and develop intuitions about data using the software TinkerPlots. Students then build on those intuitions as they are introduced to the statistical tools needed to formally analyze data. Preliminary results from the first semester of implementation indicate that students develop a greater degree of comfort working with numbers and statistics as a result of this approach and tend to exhibit a deeper conceptual understanding of the content. Plans are underway to complete further testing needed to fully assess these findings. The team plans to continue the testing here at Landmark College and to gather additional data in cooperation with our partners at Holyoke Community College during this coming year.
Complete details of the research and findings will be published here in the near future.
Read more about this NSF-supported research.
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Putney, VT 05346