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Hub Newsletter, March 2022

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 stipends for external speakers before May 20th, 2022.
Criteria:Faculty development on digital education
Plan to include, to the degree possible, most of your discipline/program facultyRequest funds with this short google form.

Gallery of 3-to4 Conversion Resources

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Some disciplines are deep in conversations about converting 3 credit courses to 4 credits; often faculty think first of adding more content. A 4 credit course might not need more content; your students might benefit from more learning rather than simply more content. Your friends at the Hub for Teaching and Learning Resources have curated this gallery of resources to help you think about your options when redesigning from 3 credit hours to 4 credit hours. If you’d like someone to think through these ideas with you, set up a meeting with a Hub Instructional Designer

Time on Task – Another Conversation with Leigh Wolf

analog clock on a pink and green background

If you missed the Hub workshop on time on task (Video / Slides / Blog), you have another chance to hear from our guest speaker, Leigh Wolf. She will be joining the DigPed at Dearborn learning community this Friday, March 18th, from 1-2PM (Join Zoom Meeting: https://umich.zoom.us/j/99931934128 + passcode: 871181).Come join your colleagues to answer the age old question: Just how long ARE my students taking to complete an assignment? This is a great chance to check out the DigPed at Dearborn group to see if you might want to join.  

For LEOs Only – Funding Available

There are two different funds available to LEO lecturers which have increased in the last contract negotiations. Awards of up to $1200 are available through the Inclusive Teaching grant (you can read more in this blog post by the Inclusive LEO Committee). A separate set of funding is available for professional development. Regardless of your appointment effort, every lecturer with expectation of future work is eligible to apply for up to $1500. For both funds, applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with 2 weeks for review, until May 15 (apply here).Applicants are limited to one request for each fund per fiscal year, June-July, so if you haven’t yet applied this fiscal year, consider taking advantage of this opportunity now while knowing you can still apply for other opportunities that come up next academic year. 

Call for Community Interest: Teaching for Equity

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Grace Helms Kotre, a LEO Lecturer I in the Department of Health & Human Services at UM-Dearborn is a 2022 Hub Affiliate and is interested in organizing a learning community to explore “teaching for equity.” The broad goal of this community will be to support one another in developing equitable teaching methods and techniques. If you have any interest in this topic, please complete this short survey. Your feedback will help inform program planning. Once you submit, you’ll be added to an email list to stay informed about next steps. If you’d like more details, read the Hub Blog post linked below.

Recent Hub Blog Posts

Teaching for Equity – An Invitation by Grace Helms Kotre

Teaching Ukraine by Anna Muller

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

Register for Assessment Week 2022!

The Office of Academic Success and the Assessment Subcommittee is presenting Assessment Week this year during March 21-25, 2022.   

Want insights on how to approach assessment right now? Have questions about assessment? Need a refresher on program and DDC assessment as we slowly move back towards normal university functioning? Assessment Week has you covered with both synchronous and asynchronous sessions for your informational needs, paired with moderated Slack discussions for your questions and need for connection!

Engage in conversations about updates to the Program Assessment report template 

Attend interactive sessions to explore data collected through DDC Assessment 

Browse through online resources, examples, and tools 

Explore what topics are being covered, register for the live sessions, and join the Slack channel on the Assessment Week 2022 website

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jess LaGrange, jessbl@umich.edu, or Emily Matthews Luxon, eoluxon@umich.edu.

Images by Roman Datsiuk on Unsplash, Jennefer Zacarias on Unsplash, Icons8 Team on Unsplash, Priscilla GyamfiHire on Unsplash, and used by permission.

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