Last Week’s CAST meeting and DWFDW revisited

Hi all,

First of all, I finally got around to posting the CAST meeting minutes from last semester.  A draft of yesterday’s (9/9) minutes will be up in the next week or so.  In the meantime, let me tell you what went on at yesterday’s meeting.  We need your help.

We had our meeting in 1046, the new CAST room and, in a sense, faculty lounge.  In fact, the room is already getting use from several committees.  Other than some unassembled round tables, the room is looking good.  Speaking of the tables, don’t be alarmed if you see some of us (Ivan has already volunteered to help.) with power drills putting them together if the powers- that-be don’t make it happen.

Anyhow, we talked a bit about DWFDW yesterday since CAST is charged with providing professional development opportunities (see this).  Here’s what we’re thinking.

1) Immediately following the State of the College this coming Friday, Sept. 17, we’d like to have an informal “mingling” session in 1046 and likely across the hall in 1001-02 assuming they’re available and we need them.  Carrie and Jen promised cookies.  There’ll also be coffee assuming we can wrangle enough coffee makers.  I’m sure we could get some tea too assuming we can reserve one of them for boiling water.  If anyone want to bring something, let me know (  We could make it potluck.  This is just me thinking out loud.

2) There have been several posts about DWFDW.  Just look back to mid August and earlier.  PhiloDave posted a poll after DWFDW.  He only received 21 responses.  I’ve created a survey.  This could be the survey that district promised.  We need your feedback in order to be involved in the planning of next year’s DWFDW.  I’d like you to look at this survey that I whipped up and let me know what can be changed.  I’m hoping to send it out to all faculty on Wednesday and follow-up on Friday after the State of the College.  In fact, we’ll have computers set up in 1046 for anyone who didn’t receive the e-mail.  We’re looking for as much feedback as possible so that our opinions are taken seriously.  Here’s the link.  Let me know if you have any trouble accessing this.  Also, when you go through the survey, you don’t need to fully answer the questions.  I’ll clear the results before the official survey is sent out.  You’ll need to put something down for each required question in order to get to the 2nd and 3rd page though.

Thanks in advance for your help on this and in case you missed it, here’s the link to the survey again.

4 thoughts on “Last Week’s CAST meeting and DWFDW revisited

  1. Nice looking survey, Chris. Well done. Hope you don’t mind that I made the post “Sticky” so it would stay on top for the week.

    • I appreciate that you did that. I think it will help us get some feedback from those that leave feedback. I suppose if folks don’t want to air their opinions on the lounge, they could e-mail me too (

  2. The survey looks good Chris. There is a typo in the third question (an extra t). It might be helpful to add a line about “suggestions for improvement” as well as some reasonable ideas about how the time should be scheduled and divided; district-wide vs. discipline vs. college-specific (or something of that sort).

  3. Hi Chris,
    Can we share this poll across the district? We can ask Truman to place a link on their Lounge. The only addition would then be to ask faculty to identify their campus.
    That’s my two cents.

    Keep me posted on the tables.

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