Monday, October 4, 2010
Celebrating Connections: 60 Years of Pacific Studies
The following questions will guide our discussion at the conference. Participants are invited to get a head start on the discussion by posting their thoughts on these and other topics they feel are relevant. Happy blogging!
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
SESSION 1—PROGRAM CONNECTIONS: BUILDING PACIFIC STUDIES
• What key goals guide program development in Pacific studies at your institution?
• What does (or could) your program gain by collaborating with other Pacific studies programs?
• How could resources be shared or communicated more productively among Pacific studies scholars and students across programs?
• On your campus, how accessible are Pacific-related activities and resources to Pacific Islander communities locally and elsewhere?
• What are the most critical concerns in your program, and how are they being addressed?
SESSION 2—COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR PACIFIC STUDIES
• What can instructors and students learn from interacting with Pacific Islander communities?
• How can Pacific Islander communities benefit from interacting with students?
• What strategies have you found to be most effective in the recruitment and retention of Pacific Islander students?
SESSION 3—CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS: TEACHING, LEARNING, AND NEW
MEDIA IN PACIFIC STUDIES
• How can we best assess student learning, including participatory learning in the community?
• What teaching methods are especially effective with your undergraduate students?
• How can we use technology, social networking, and other new media to best advantage in our classrooms?
SESSION 4—ALUMNI CONNECTIONS: EMPLOYING PACIFIC STUDIES
• What are the employment and career opportunities for Pacific studies graduates?
• How can Pacific studies programs best prepare students to meet their employment goals?
• How can Pacific studies programs track the career paths of their graduates and incorporate their feedback into program development?