I'm really excited about this group! Knowing how easy it is in our jobs to be consumed with button-pushing matters, I think it'll be great to gather to discuss themes that force us to reflect on our role in an institution of higher education—themes such as faculty culture, pedagogy, and instructional technology.
I like the idea of using themes to frame our juntos, examining one theme per junto by way of selected readings and then focusing discussions with pre-arranged questions. The "reflective" themes I had in mind are listed at right in the sidebar and are, naturally, open to revision—wanted to give us a point of departure for the first meeting.
I was thinking we could choose one person to moderate each meeting, making her/him responsible for selecting the meeting theme and reading(s), as well as for coordinating scheduling and publicizing. The moderator will kick-start the junto by revealing why s/he chose the specific reading and wrap up the junto when time's running out, allowing a few minutes for the selection of the next moderator. As you might have surmised, I've volunteered to moderate our first gathering. Lucky you.
I've reserved UMC 335 for the first Friday of the month from April through August from 8-9:30a, so if we decide to meet elsewhere or at a different time, we should give UMC Scheduling the courtesy of cancelling the reservation for that day. Whatever we can't discuss during the gathering, we can continue in the asynchronous space of this blog.
Thanks very much for participating! I look forward to our discussions, and please, please feel free to suggest/revise the themes, readings, and questions I've proposed above.