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SPU on iTunes U 2012 Annual Usage Report

December 31, 2012

The stats team prepared a 2012 annual usage report for this blog. Click here to see the complete report.

Unpacking Teacher Education Models

December 26, 2012

marzanoSPU’s School of Education sponsored a forum this past November 2012 with Dr. Robert Marzano as a part of exploring some of the best models for evaluating today’s educators.

A Conversation with Faculty and Students – Morning Session

A Conversation with School Leaders – Afternoon Session

Unpacking Teacher Evaluation Models: A Conversation About Teacher Evaluation Research – Evening Session

Research on Active Learning Spaces

December 21, 2012

D-Christopher-BrooksD. Christopher Brooks, Ph.D., joined our campus for a conversation on learning spaces.  Brooks is a Research Fellow in Educational Technology Services at the University of Minnesota where he conducts empirical research on the impact of educational technologies on teaching practices and learning outcomes.  Watch and listen as he shares his findings on the relationship between active learning spaces and student learning outcomes, instructor and student behavior, and student perceptions of the learning experience. Brooks also shares findings on the relationship between the type of pedagogical approach and student learning outcomes and student perceptions of the learning experience.

Pedagogy and Space: Empirical Research On New Learning Environments – December 10, 2012

Space Matters: The Impact of Active Learning Classrooms – December 11, 2012

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Urban Plunge: Hope and Despair

December 21, 2012

Urban-PlungeSixteen Seattle Pacific University students spent the first five days of Christmas vacation, 2012 on Seattle’s streets, interacting with homeless individuals and learning from service providers.  Watch as students share their reflections at the conclusion of Urban Plunge.

Changing What We Tax

December 12, 2012

changing-what-we-taxSPU’s Department of Political Science & Geography hosted Changing What We Tax: Prospects for a Free-Enterprise Solution to Energy Security and Climate Change on November 14, 2012.  The Washington Policy Center and the Energy and Enterprise Initiative presented: Todd Myers, Director of the Center for the Environment at the WPC; Bob Inglis, Former U.S. Representative and Director of the EEI; Mike Wallace, Professor of Atmospheric Science, UW.

Autumn 2012 Chapels: Book of Isaiah

December 10, 2012

ChapelUniversity Ministries delves into the Book of Isaiah in this year’s Autumn 2012 chapel series.

Introduction to Isaiah with Bo Lim, Associate Professor of Old Testament

Isaiah 9-20: Awakened to the Heart of God with Bob Zurinsky, Assistant Director of University Ministries & the Center for Worship

Isaiah 21-33: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon!” with Celeste Cranston, Director of the Center for Biblical & Theological Education

Isaiah 42: “…he will bring forth justice to the nations.” with President Daniel J. Martin

Isaiah 49-55: Messiah Sing-A-Long with Ron Haight, Conductor

Isaiah 56-66: Song of Longing with Gerry Marsh, Composer, and Ryan Marsh, Pastor

Thanksgiving Chapel

Festival of Lessons and Carols


Congratulations, Jeff Van Duzer, on being named SPU Provost!

November 27, 2012

Join us in congratulating Jeff Van Duzer, Dean of SPU’s School of Business and Economics, in being named SPU Provost.  Here are a few iTunes U highlights from various events at which he has shared over the past several years.

Christians in the Marketplace October 1995

The Purpose of Business April 2005

God’s Vision for Business December 2006

How Business Contributes to Human Flourishing January 2009

Top Five Issues in District Governance Influencing Sustainable Success

July 2, 2012

Professor of Education Leadership Thomas Alsbury moderates a discussion on “Effective School Districts and Systems” as part of the School of Education‘s Looking Beyond No Child Left Behind: A Public Series Pursuing Solutions for Education. [Video]

Panelists respond to the questions:

What are the characteristics of a district governance system that leads to improved student success?

How can superintendents influence the quality of a district?

What role should school board members play in school improvement?

What are the similarities and differences between how superintendents and board members measure school district success?

What part of district governance should be changed to improve the current system?

Infants at High-Risk for Autism: Innovations in Early Identification

June 27, 2012

Watch and listen as Annette Estes,  licensed psychologist and research assistant professor at the University of Washington, educates parents, people living with autism, and the public about new findings in autism as part of the School of Psychology, Family and Community May 2012 Speaker Series.

Spirituality & Sexuality Forum

June 18, 2012

Tina Schermer Sellers, Director of Medical Family Therapy, examines the cost of religious sexual shame on intimacy and sexual health. [Audio]