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Hub Newsletter, February 2022

“Time on Task” – how much is it really?

With the campus initiative to move from 3 to 4 hour credit classes, the enigma of understanding “Just how long do students spend on work in my class?” has come to the front of many of our thoughts. 

 First read the blog post: Considering Time on Task with Leigh Wolf

Then join us at the workshop: Thursday, February 17, 2022
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Virtual, Registration Link

This workshop will introduce participants to strategies they can use to see how long students spend completing work in their classes right now, as well as how to anticipate how long work might take in future courses. We will be joined by Leigh Graves Wolf, Clinical Associate Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

For Programs/Disciplines: Funding for Disciplinary Speakers on Digital Education

Deadline to host and pay speakers: May 20th, 2022

The Hub is managing CARES Act funding to support speakers on the topic of digital education. Programs/disciplines may request up to $2000 (or $3500 for a panel or series of speakers) to pay external stipends for speakers before May 20th, 2022.


Faculty development on digital education
Plan to include, to the degree possible, most of your discipline/program faculty

Request funds with this short google form.

Digital Education Day 2

Wednesday, Feb 9th Breakouts by HFC, Flint, and UM-D colleagues 
1:00-1:50, Choose one:
  • Panel: Academic Integrity in Online Spaces
    • Camron Amin, UM-Dearborn
    • Nancy Grigg, UM-Flint
    • Jeff Morford, Henry Ford College
    • Carla Vecchiola, UM-Dearborn
  • Teaching with Video
    • Non-tool specific tips and tricks, Vicky Bessette, Henry Ford College
    • Kaltura analytics and viewership dropoff, Brandon Blinkenberg, UM-F
    • Humanizing videos to build community, Sarah Silverman, UM-D
2:00-2:50, Choose one:

Connecting with Students – Hub Blog Post

Check out these two recent blog posts about better connections with our students:

Letters Across a Remote Divide: Helping Faculty Say Yes to Letters of Rec for Students They’ve Only Met Online (guest post by Marie Waung)

A Zine about Students as Partners

Or have a glance through the teaching tips category on the blog. 

Request a Mid Course Student Feedback Session

Mid-course student feedback sessions allow you to receive feedback that you can use immediately in a semester. The best time to schedule a session is during the 5th-8th weeks of class. In an asynchronous course, we will survey your students individually and then follow up with an opportunity for whole-class feedback. In a synchronous remote course or an in-person course, we will develop feedback with your students by facilitating discussions that build consensus. The process is confidential. There are two different forms to request an online session or to request an in-person session. Capacity is limited. Requests are filled on a first come, first served basis. Or you could also use this google form template to gather your own feedback. Whether conducted by the Hub or by you, the most important step of the feedback process is the conversation with students after you’ve collected their feedback; even telling them why you cannot make certain changes increases the transparency in your course.

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