What's a Renga?


As many of your Fredonia colleagues discovered last year, rengas are convivial, interdisciplinary groups of faculty, professionals, administrators, and, in some cases, students, who meet monthly to discuss topics of mutual interest over light refreshments. Like their namesake (a style of witty Japanese-linked poetry created in group settings), our Fredonia rengas value community, collaboration, spontaneity, improvisation, and wit.

Yellow image with the word Renga in redRengas are a great way to connect with colleagues while exploring a question or topic that has the potential to improve our campus, benefit our community, and advance all of our professional skills and accomplishments. Of course, they are also a great way to have fun and get to know people!

Join a Renga:

The Caregiver Renga

Facilitated by Sue Murphy and Dawn Eckenrode

Caregiving, whether it be for a child, parent, partner, or someone else of importance in your life, takes on many forms. This learning community will be a place for discussion, resource sharing, and for exploring ways to care for yourself while caring for others. As the topic of caregiving is wide-ranging, the group will be reflective of the members’ unique interests and needs. Participants will be encouraged to shape the direction and focus of the group, with the possibility of meeting around subtopics such as elder care resources, “sandwich generation” issues, caring for someone with an illness or disability, or any other subject matter proposed by the members of the community.

Cross-Cultural Exchange

Facilitated by KimMarie.Cole@fredonia.edu and Daniela.Peterka-Benton@fredonia.edu

Launched in Fall 2010, this forum explores cross-cultural exchanges with our campus members from diverse backgrounds. We strive to promote dialogue around the unique requirements (i.e., needs, interests, and perspectives) posed by students, faculty, and staff of diverse cultural, religious, and sexual orientations. Ideas from the first year include establishing community outreach efforts, mentorships, and fostering cross-cultural contact. Most importantly, we want to expand the existing resources to retain students and faculty from diverse backgrounds, who often face unique challenges as a part of our national community.

Digital Humanities Renga

Facilitated by Nancy.Hagedorn@fredonia.edu

This Renga will provide interested faculty and staff with the opportunity to explore aspects of the Digital Humanities.  What is meant by the term digital humanities?  What do these developments mean for The State University of New York at Fredonia faculty and students?  What are the larger implications for the humanities as whole, both inside and outside the academy? Can this “Digital Moment” be seen as an opportunity as we contemplate revising our General Education Program, integrating our new baccalaureate goals across the curriculum, and implementing our new strategic plan.  Can we shape and control these rapid and transformative changes to ensure we continue meet our goals as an institution of higher education in the 21st century rather than being swept up (or away) in the flood of technological innovation?

Hybrid (blended) and Flipped Classrooms Renga

Facilitated by Kathleen.Gradel@fredonia.edu and Lisa.Melohusky@fredonia.edu

While hybrid (blended) and flipped instruction are receiving a lot of attention in higher education, it isn’t always easy to imagine modifying an existing course to take advantage of these teaching options. This Renga will explore the pros and cons of both the hybrid (blended) and flipped courses, introduce tools to facilitate this instruction, and examine cross-discipline uses. The format for this Renga will be blended learning, offering online interaction as well as face-to-face. We welcome everyone, including both experienced and new instructors to these formats.

Tools of Engagement Renga

Facilitated by Cynthia.Carlson@fredonia.edu,Kathleen.Gradel@fredonia.eduJoseph.McFall@fredonia.edu, and Christopher.Taverna@fredonia.edu
  • Do you want to tinker with web tools relevant to teaching/learning?
  • Have you heard about some cool web tool, and haven't had the time to spend gearing up?
  • Are you interested in hearing how colleagues are using web tools?
  • Do you learn best by trying/doing and sharing?
  • Have you registered for the Tools for Engagement Project, but haven't had the time to invest?
If you said "Yes" to any of these questions, please join us in the Tools of Engagement  Renga. In each session, we will focus on using one type of web tool to support our productivity and student learning. Then we'll "connect" with each other, to look at tech supports for our work. Together, we think it will be an opportunity to learn/explore/share both tool "bells and whistles" and the pedagogy behind incorporating web tools into our teaching.

PS...You need not have registered for the Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP), to join and participate in the Renga.

For further information, or to ask questions, please email  PDC-grp@fredonia.edu.

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