We are happy to announce the Summer 2021 webinar series from the USG Office of Faculty Development. These workshops, offered by experts from your teaching and learning centers, will help prepare faculty to create meaningful, intentional learning experiences for their students. For workshop descriptions and registration, please go to:
We hope you’ll take in one (or all). Please pass these along to any of your colleagues you think would be interested.
– Reflection-Based Classroom Activities – 06/09 @ 11:00 a.m.
– Free Technology Tools to Teach YOUR Way – 06/18 @ 11:00 a.m.
– Student Readiness: Returning to Campus – 06/22 @ 11:00 a.m.
– Designing ePortfolios to Support Student Learning: The Hows, Whys, and Some Stories – 06/29 @ 11:00 a.m.
– Motivation and Gamification – 07/07 @ 11:00 a.m.
– Documenting Effective Teaching Behaviors – 07/20 @ 11:00 a.m.
– Building a Certified Peer Observation Program: Improving Teaching and Removing Biases – 07/28 @ 11:00 a.m.
– How to Help Students Write a Resume – 08/04 @ 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, 04/06 @ 1:00 p.m.
Beyond an LMS, what makes up a modern, effective, learning ecosystem? What is the “pecking order” of platforms and solutions at most colleges or universities, and are we ensuring that these tools support student success while driving staff and faculty efficiencies? How do those platforms and solutions integrate into a seamless experience? This session will inform IT leaders about effective practices for building and leveraging a higher education learning ecosystem.
- Identify the most effective parts of a learning ecosystem
- Leverage strategies for user-facing solutions that augment success
- Find solutions to better connect learning to technology support
Monday, 03/29 @ 2:00 p.m.
The faces of student representation are changing. Presidents elected to lead student bodies at several predominantly white institutions this year are the first Black student in the role. And the leaders are emphasizing issues like diversity, inclusion, advocacy, equitable policing, and the mental health of all students. What is on their agendas, and how are they working to achieve it?
As part of The Chronicle’s series examining race and class in higher education, a panel of student-body presidents from around the country will share their goals and ideas for creating more inclusive institutions. How do student leaders think colleges are faring so far on promises they’ve made? How can colleges show they’re following through?
The panel — co-hosted by Sarah Brown, senior reporter at The Chronicle, and Jael Kerandi, student representative to the Board of Regents and former president of the Minnesota Student Association at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities — will also include Danielle Geathers, president of the MIT Undergraduate Association; Assata Gilmore, president of the Purdue Student Government; and Roaya Higazi, president of the Undergraduate Student Government at Ohio State University.
They will discuss:
- The commitments and resources students want from their colleges
- How to involve student leaders in institutional decision-making
- Effective forms of communication between students and administrators
- What it means to be a “first” and why representation matters
Our fifth annual and first virtual Teaching and Learning Day is on Friday, March 26, 2021! Help us celebrate the fresh thinking and pedagogies of GGC faculty and staff related to enhancing teaching and learning. The event provides a forum for individuals and groups to share work related to teaching, learning, and technology, including but not limited to:
- course design (face to face and hybrid),
- assignment design,
- engaged pedagogies (including experiential learning),
- assessment strategies,
- research on teaching and learning, and
- efforts to enhance student success.
The sessions also provide an opportunity to reach a broad audience and initiate conversations with colleagues sharing similar interests. The event will feature opening remarks by Dr. George S. Low, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs / Provost.
Access the program by clicking here . The event starts at 12:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!
Thursday, 03/25 @ 2:00 p.m.
Covid has radically — and rapidly — changed the role of the campus in higher ed. As the pandemic stretches into another year, faculty and staff are asking, “What is the college workplace of the future?”
Register for Higher Ed’s Remote-Work Experiment, produced in partnership with Educause, to hear thoughts from our panel of experts.
- What are faculty and staff thinking now?
- What permanent changes are colleges planning for?
- And what best practices are emerging for managing a higher ed workforce?
Join us as we examine the lessons learned over the past year and discuss the changes to come in the months ahead.
Wednesday, March 24 @ 2:00 p.m.
Only 10% of respondents feel their website is “very effective” at driving engagement, enrollment, and retention.
Higher education providers of every description have struggled to deliver an experience that keeps pace with the expectations of today’s learners. After all, everyone enrolling in postsecondary programs has shopped on Amazon, watched content on Netflix, and ordered an Uber. Massive personalization and instant delivery are now a must-have in every digital interaction.
During this web event, we will share research from our recent “State of Continuing Education 2021” survey, which sheds light on the opportunities and challenges facing leaders in higher education across North America.
We will also discuss some of the most pressing challenges colleges and universities need to make to deliver the modern digital experience today’s students expect – featuring higher education leaders at the forefront of this seismic shift.
Register today to learn how you can identify a modern learner engagement gap in your institution, and take action to address it.
Can’t watch the webcast live? Register anyway – all registrants will receive a recording of the webcast and a copy of the presentation.
Thursday, March 18, 4pm ET
Zoom link: https://mit.zoom.us/j/98027492244
Join MIT CSAIL professor and MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality director D. Fox Harrell in conversation with Rocky Bucano, director of the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM), as they discuss working at the intersection of art, music, social consciousness, and emerging technology. Harrell and Bucano will talk about their [R]evolution of Hip Hop Breakbeat Narratives project and share insights on the significance of the UHHM for Black, Latinx, and other diverse forms of cultural expression, and the ways technology can help create inclusive spaces and immersive educational experiences for a diverse public. An audience Q&A will follow their conversation.
This online talk is free and open to the public! Register here to get a reminder.Open Learning Talks bring together leaders to discuss new research-based ideas, technologies, and efforts in education, at MIT and around the world. View past and upcoming Open Learning Talks.