March 3, 2014
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Our Campus Has Its Own Spin On TED Talks

First came TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks – events designed to showcase ideas from a broad variety of disciplines that matter to society as a whole. TED Talks allow speakers and attendees to interact, share ideas, and draw inspiration from each other.

Now, we have FRED (Front Range Educational Discussions) Talks – designed to showcase ideas from the diverse array of disciplines represented at the FRCC Boulder County Campus, and bring individuals together to interact, share ideas, and draw inspiration from each other.

Why Bring FRED Talks to Campus?

Like all of the campuses of FRCC, Boulder County has an amazing group of faculty, staff, and students with knowledge, expertise, and passion in many different subject areas. Unfortunately, we often tend to interact primarily with others in our own discipline area. FRED Talks were developed as a way to capitalize on the collective wisdom and experience of our campus community, by providing a forum for multidisciplinary interaction, idea sharing, and inspiration.

  • FRED Talks fit with the FRCC Mission: The FRED Talks provide a forum for enriching lives through learning.
  • FRED talks fit with several of the Strategic Priorities at FRCC:
    • Student Success: FRCC has a commitment to the understanding that learning happens everywhere, including at FRED Talks!
    • Opportunities for Diverse Learners and Communities: FRCC creates learning environments that welcome diversity in all, which is one of the goals of the FRED Talks.
    • Culture of Collaboration, Innovation, and Pride: Like FRCC, the FRED Talks forum is committed to a culture that supports innovation, creativity, collaboration, and excellence in all that we do.

Why Should You Attend a FRED Talk?

TED Talks are thought of as a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. That is our model for the FRED Talks as well.

Here’s our schedule for March:

March 4: 5 to 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Classroom Building

  •  5-5:45: What Jane Goodall Taught Me about Classroom Environments, by April Menzies, chair, Online Learning
  • 5:45-6:10: Bhaskara I: Better than a Calculator in Seventh Century India, by Kenneth Monks, math faculty
  • 6:10-6:30: Education Reform: Analyzing Waiting for Superman, by Jim  DeLung, academic advisor, retention specialist, and communications instructor
  • 6:30-7: The Amgen Biotechnology Experience at FRCC, by Jo Charlton, biology faculty

March 18: 5 to 7 p.m. in Classroom Building Room C1204

  • 5-5:40: Mystical Numbers: The Number 153, by Bryan Cockerham, math faculty
  • 5:40-6:10: Technology as a Second Language: Affective Filters, Fossilization, and Fluency, by Kimberly Moore, online retention specialist, John Heisel, faculty development coordinator, and Kathy Gamble, Teaching ESL faculty
  • 6:10-6:40: Optigenetics, by Pete Dobelis, biology faculty
  • 6:40-7: Art & Psychology Explore the Self, by John Cross, art faculty and Spencer Morrison

Do you have an idea to share? Consider signing up to give a FRED Talk in the fall (the spring 2014 schedule is full)!

About the author:

Tracy Halward teaches General College Biology II, Botany, and Environmental Science at the Boulder County Campus of Front Range Community College. She is the mother of an 8-year-old “puppy” named Charley, a golden gecko named Gator, and four happy chickens.

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