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Common Book 101: Innovative Learning and Teaching Through Interdisciplinary Engagement League for Innovation Conference Baltimore, Maryland - March 30, 2010 Dean Liz Nichols and Professor James Behan Mountain View College Wisdom and Dreams I Pray that I ever be weaving

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common book 101 innovative learning and teaching through interdisciplinary engagement

Common Book 101:Innovative Learning and Teaching Through Interdisciplinary Engagement

League for Innovation Conference

Baltimore, Maryland - March 30, 2010

Dean Liz Nichols and Professor James Behan

Mountain View

College

connecting wisdom and dreams
Wisdom and Dreams

I Pray that I ever be weaving

An intellectual tune,

But weaving it out of thread

From the distaff of the moon.

Wisdom and dreams are one,

For dreams are the flowers ablow,

And Wisdom the fruit of the garden:

God planted him long ago.

Connecting Wisdom and Dreams

Mountain View College Garden of Learning

W. B. Yeats The Poems 533

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Mountain View CollegeCOMMON BOOK PROJECT

Mountain View

College

Four Years of Student Engagement

mission statement
Mission Statement

Through the use of a common book

Mountain View College will engage its

students, faculty and community in a

diverse program designed to enrich,

stimulate and foster interdisciplinary

learning.

Mountain View

College

2007: The Kite Runner 2008: Autobiography of a Face

2009: The Things They Carried 2010: Like Water for Chocolate

historical perspective
Historical Perspective
  • In the spring of 2007, faculty of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences saw three needs that the common book could positively impact:
    • Student Learning
    • Faculty Collaboration
    • Community Engagement

Bringing Community Together

Mountain View

College

2007: Khaled Hosseini 2008: Lucy Grealy

2009: Tim O’Brien 2010: Laura Esquivel

student learning
Student Learning

History 1301

With the common book, students are offered the opportunity to look at a text from several perspectives, from science to history to literature and more, encouraging the student, in finding connections between the book and the courses, to find the connections between the courses themselves.

English 2332

Physics 1411

Drawing 1316

Mountain View

College

2007: Afghanistan 2008: Ireland

2009: Vietnam 2010: Mexico

faculty collaboration
Faculty Collaboration

Mountain View College faculty, in developing course activities and participating in related community events, engage in dialogue and mutual support that fosters a sense of collaborative leading and learning.

“Kite Runner Read In” on the MVC West Pavilion

Mountain View

College

2007: Epic Novel 2008: Memoir

2009: Historical Fiction 2010: Magical Realism

community engagement
Community Engagement
  • From the administration to the support staff to the community at large, all members benefit from the common book events, ranging from art exhibitions, theatrical presentations, guest lectures and panel discussions.

Author’s Lecture

Tim O’Brien

Art Student response piece for

“The Things They Carried”

Mountain View

College

2007: Physics Kite Festival 2008: Filmfest: Crazy, Sexy, Cancer

2009: Panel: Psychology of War 2010: Author’s Lecture: Laura Esquivel

developing the common book timeline
Developing the Common Book Timeline
  • Summer 2010: Sub committee meets to consider books for common book 2011
  • Fall 2010: Common Book 2010 begins; Sub committee begins directed community conversations on possible books for 2011
  • Winter 2011: Common Book 2010 concludes; Full committee selects common book 2011 and develops activities to support the book
  • Spring 2011: Faculty members sign up and meet to discuss / develop course strategies for the common book 2011
  • Summer 2011: Sub committee meets to consider books for common book 2012

Mountain View

College

2007: Khaled Hosseini 2008: Lucy Grealy

2009: Tim O’Brien 2010: Laura Esquivel

supporting the common book
Supporting the Common Book
  • Administrators P/T Support $3,500.00
    • $3,200.00 Chair
    • $300.00 Research Coordinator
  •   Guest Lecturer $1,500.00
    • $1,000.00 for author (partial)
    • $500.00 for misc honorariums (Up to 5 @ $100.00 per)
  •   Printing-Other $1,500.00
    • Research Guide
    • book mark

Mountain View

College

2007: Afghanistan 2008: Ireland

2009: Vietnam 2010: Mexico

other sources of support
Other Sources of Support
  • Office of Student Life
  • Graphics
  • Public Information Office
  • District Office
  • Business Services
  • Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences Department

Mountain View

College

2007: Khaled Hosseini 2008: Lucy Grealy

2009: Tim O’Brien 2010: Laura Esquivel

growing the common book course engagement
Growing the Common Book: Course Engagement

Category 1 Total Number of Sections Participating in the Common Book

common book committee membership
Common Book Committee Membership

Mountain View

College

2007: Epic Novel 2008: Memoir

2009: Historical Fiction 2010: Magical Realism

Faculty Chair or Co-Chairs

Full-time Faculty representation from each division

Advising Representative

Student Leaders (SGA, PTK)

Student Life Office Representative

Support Staff Representative

On Campus Library Representative

Public Library Representative

Administration Liaison

sample course curriculum integration
Sample Course Curriculum Integration
  • “I have normally required students to attend 2-4 events associated with the Common Book.  Students are required to submit a paper summarizing what they learned at the event and to connect it to an issue related [to the course]… I expect the students to read the book, but I have not tested them on it or required a review, etc.  
  • “If appropriate, I adopt the book topic as a theme for the semester.  So, this year, [with The Things they Carried] I showed several war films and we examined all sorts of questions about war…I then had the students write essays, selecting from a number of questions raised by the text, or the various reactions that the characters had to their participation in the war.”
  • “[With The Things they Carried] I incorporated the following themes throughout the semester in the class that used the common book:  The Effect of War on [course content] and the Effect of [course content] on War.  Students wrote responses to two of the five assignments related to the common book.  Some students conduct[ed] personal interviews.”

Mountain View

College

2007: Khaled Hosseini 2008: Lucy Grealy

2009: Tim O’Brien 2010: Laura Esquivel

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Mountain View

College

Common Book Activities 2007-2009

common book student learning outcomes
Common Book Student Learning Outcomes

Students who participate in the Common Book Project should be able to:

Appraise the text from specific disciplinary perspectives;

Explain how the text relates to specific disciplinary course work; and

Produce a formal response to the text from specific disciplinary approaches.

Mountain View

College

2007: The Kite Runner 2008: Autobiography of a Face

2009: The Things They Carried 2010: Like Water for Chocolate

assessing the common book

Assessing the Common Book

Mountain View

College

Activity Evaluations

assessing the common book18

Assessing the Common Book

Mountain View

College

Activity Evaluations

assessing the common book19

Assessing the Common Book

Mountain View

College

Activity Evaluations

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Assessing the Common Book

Mountain View

College

Activity Evaluations

looking forward
Looking forward
  • Embedding questions to gauge student engagement
    • CCSSE
    • Noel-Levitz

Mountain View

College

2007: The Kite Runner 2008: Autobiography of a Face

2009: The Things They Carried 2010: Like Water for Chocolate

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Common Book 101:Innovative Learning and Teaching Through Interdisciplinary Engagement

PRESENTERS

Professor James Behan

Professor of Art

jbehan@dcccd.edu

Liz Nichols

Dean of Academic Enrichment

lnichols@dcccd.edu

Special thanks to Nathan Cole, Dr. Matilda Saenz and the entire MVC Common Book Committee for their assistance and support.

Mountain View

College

4849 Illinois Avenue

Dallas, TX 75211