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Robin Sullivan
A lifelong learner who is attempting to understand how and why people learn.
A lifelong learner who is attempting to understand how and why people learn.

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*Pre-Conference Workshop with Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2017 *
Below is information on a pre-conference workshop Missouri S&T. This is being offered the day before our “FREE” Teaching and Learning Technology. We would love to host you so please register today!
Oftentimes, students do not make the connection between lecture and lab content particularly when they are two distinct courses. This workshop will take a deeper look at the goals of the lecture and the lab courses to ensure that each course is enhancing and building upon the other.
Special circumstances can also arise when considering online learning for both the lecture and the lab courses. The Missouri S&T Laboratory Redesign Handbook will guide participants through such considerations for blended, flipped, and online laboratory courses.
Workshop Objectives
1. Discuss the benefits of lecture/experimentation presentation order
2. Discuss special considerations for online learning
3. Align content selection between lecture and lab courses
4. Align content sequence between lecture and lab courses
Register at  
Missouri S&T – Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2017 – REGISTRATION OPEN!
Registration for Missouri S&T’s Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2017 (aka “TLT X”) on March 16 and 17, 2017 is now OPEN!
THEME: Celebrating Excellence in Teaching
· Jared Stein<> – Vice President of Higher Education Strategy for Canvas by Instructure<>
· Larry Gragg, Ph.D.<> – Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor at Missouri S&T<>
Web-based registration is now available at:  
Registration for this event is FREE for all participants!
Details about our conference can be found on the conference web site:<>
We look forward to seeing you at our conference in March!

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7th Annual South Alabama Conference on Teaching and Learning

The Innovation in Learning Center at the University of South Alabama is pleased to announce the 7th Annual South Alabama Conference on Teaching and Learning (CoTL) to be held in Mobile on May 8-9th 2017. This is a low-cost conference with world class features, easily accessible from most parts of the Southeastern United States.

The theme for CoTL this year is "Activity and Assessment – Making Learning Active.” As usual, keynote speakers will anchor the CoTL sessions. Past keynote speakers have included Dee Fink, Jose Bowen, Freeman Hrabowski, Elizabeth Barkley, and others. This year, POD’s very own Michele DiPietro and Joan Middendorf will be speaking at the conference. Proposals will be accepted for an interactive workshop (40 minutes) or a presentation (20 minutes). In addition, a special feature of the graduate student poster session will be structured, constructive feedback. Conference thematic areas:
Active Learning
Technology enhanced learning
New faculty experiences
Experiential Learning
General Education
Call for Proposals is now open! Due date: March 8, 2017.

Follow @USA_ILC on Twitter or check our website for the latest updates. #COTL17

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Call for Volunteers – AAUW Tech Savvy Program
March 18, 2017 │ Deadline to register as volunteer: February 24, 2017
AAUW, the American Association of University Women, is a national organization advocating for equity and education for women and girls. Locally, the Buffalo branch – sixth oldest branch in the country—provides scholarship and interest-free loans for women and men. The branch will host its tenth anniversary Tech Savvy conference on Saturday, March 18, at the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) campus. Tech Savvy inspires middle school girls to pursue careers in STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) areas through fun workshops. The on a roll program provides follow-through sessions for high school girls. And, adult sessions feature topics for parents, teachers, and other adults. This year’s theme involves the uniqueness each individual lends to solving future problems: Tech Savvy Girls: Absolutely, Amazingly, Authentically YOU!

Tech Savvy Buffalo is the flagship program for the national Tech Savvy program, with new sites nationwide since 2014. Along with support from AAUW, the conference is made possible due to support from Praxair, Baxter, and UB’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. The program is run by approximately 100+ volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, registration, room monitoring, ushering, and snack services. Volunteers are needed for the full conference (7AM – 5pm) or for morning (7 AM – 1pm) or afternoon (noon – 5pm) shifts.

We are looking for at least one student in a STEM field – can be a man or woman—who would like to speak on a panel discussion for parents and teachers, to talk about how men and women can cooperatively work together to eradicate differences in experiences between the genders in engineering or other STEM fields. If this is of interest to you, please indicate on your response form and tell why you would like to participate (a couple of sentences). Volunteers will receive continental breakfast, lunch, and t-shirt. Volunteers are also invited to the pre-Tech Savvy reception on Friday, March 17. Recent college graduates (within last two years) who volunteer can receive a complimentary first year national AAUW membership.
Volunteers are asked to sign up and provide the information below at . Additional Questions? Email us at

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Inside Higher Ed Webinar: 2017 Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers

AAC&U is pleased to share this announcement on behalf of one of our sponsors, Inside Higher Ed.

What do provosts think about faculty hiring, student reviews, budgets, and more?

In a free webinar on Wednesday, February 15, at 2 p.m. (EST), Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will present the findings from the 2017 Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers.

Event Overview: Inside Higher Ed's sixth annual Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers (CAOs) reveals how these leaders perceive and deal with the challenges facing higher education institutions in the United States.

How do CAOs perceive institutional efforts to increase minority faculty hiring?
How do provosts/CAOs assess the "academic health" of their institutions?
How do CAOs assess the state of liberal arts education and its future?
Have CAOs seen improvements in their institutions' financial outlook?
What do provosts/CAOs think of "trigger warnings"?
This webinar is ideal for

provosts and chief academic officers;
senior administrators;
faculty members;
academic affairs personnel.
Click here to register for the free “2017 Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers” webinar.

About the Presenters: Scott Jaschik, editor, Inside Higher Ed, has been published in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and Salon. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999–2003, Scott was editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Doug Lederman, editor, Inside Higher Ed, has been published in the New York Times, USA Today, the Nieman Foundation Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor. Doug was managing editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999–2003.

If you can’t attend, registering for the webinar will ensure that a recording of the webinar and a copy of the presentation will be emailed to you the day after the live event.

For more information, contact Inside Higher Ed's Melanie Hardcastle at 202.448.6143 or email

We hope that you can join us for this online event.

Inside Higher Ed

Association of American Colleges & Universities
1818 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

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Just in case you haven't seen this great news yet!

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art releases 375,000 digital works for remix and re-use online via CC0 - Creative Commons

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Register now for the Creative Commons Global Summit!
Early bird registration for our Global Summit is now available. Find out what’s next for sharing and the commons from April 28-30 in Toronto, CA.

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Coaching Digital Learning
Cultivating a Culture of Learning

This 6 week MOOC-Ed starts February 20th - Register Now!

Coaching educators to create digital learning environments is a challenging, important, and highly collaborative role. Individuals who play this role are instrumental in cultivating a digital, personalized blended learning culture within their school, district and/or state. This course allows you to learn how to enhance your digital learning content knowledge and further develop coaching strategies.

This course was developed for technology integration specialists, instructional technology coaches and facilitators, media specialists, and mentor teachers -- so if that sounds like your role, this is the MOOC-Ed for you! And if you know someone who might be interested in this course, please share this information with them!

Other MOOC-Eds currently open for registration include:

Computational Thinking and Design (Starts March 1)

In the Information Age, problems look different. Information comes at us faster than ever before, and our ability to solve problems depends on us being able to make sense of and synthesize this information. We must also design new solutions using all available technology and tools.

During this 8-week MOOC-Ed, you'll have the opportunity to dig into computational thinking, design thinking, and digtal-age problem solving. You'll engage with its core skills and concepts and learn how to integrate them into your instructional practice. The course is open to all educators, and no prior experience is necessary! Learn more and register

Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning (Starts March 20)

Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning explores what it means to read, write, speak, and listen for learning and creating knowledge across disciplines, including science, mathematics, history/social studies, and English/language arts. In this six unit course, participants will learn how to engage students in deeper learning through disciplinary literacy practices and explore the model for inquiry-based disciplinary literacy. Learn more and register

MOOC-Ed is a project of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.

Learn more about the Friday Institute at

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

Friday Institute | | 1890 Main Campus Drive | Raleigh, NC 27606 United States
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Greetings, Future Trends Forum friends!

This week the Forum focuses on how people are using digital technologies. On Thursday, February 9, from 2-3 pm EST, we will be joined by Lee Rainie, director of Pew Research's internet, science, and technology initiative.

Pew Research has for years been one of the leading sources for solid, influential, and accessible information about how Americans actually use technology. And Lee has been in the forefront, creating cutting-edge data about social media, mobile devices, news media, and a great deal more.

We've been exploring technologies for education from the Forum's first session, and I look forward to asking Lee about how he sees education changing in the future under the impact of the digital revolution. I'd also like to ask about transformations in American culture, from new forms of political mobilization to fake news.

What would you like to ask? After all, on Thursday attendees can ask our guest questions, engage and collaborate with other leaders in education technology, and also invite friends and colleagues to join.

To RSVP ahead of time, or to jump straight in on Thursday at 2 EST, click here: .

To find more information about the Future Trends Forum, including notes and recordings of previous sessions, click here: .

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Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC
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Ripton, VT 05766

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This is such a wonderful idea. I hope they plan another event like this since I can't attend on March 4th.


The Office of the Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion, in conjunction with the Faculty Senate, Professional Staff Senate, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is hosting UClub2.0 on Saturday, March 4th, 10am-2pm in the Student Union.

UClub2.0 = (Informal networking w/ other UB staff and faculty) + (a fun, supervised gaming experience for your kids)AND IT’S FREE!

UClub2.0 brings UB staff and faculty together to network and socialize in a family-inclusive environment. This year, UClub2.0 will bring UB families together to explore the popular sandbox video adventure game, Minecraft. Your kids will be immersed in Minecraft coaching, instruction and adventure (in the lobby) led by UB computer science students, while faculty and staff enjoy socializing upstairs in the Flag Room. You can opt into the gaming fun too! And you are welcome to come just to socialize (with or without children).

Children will build, invent, and explore in beginner, intermediate and advanced groups. Food and beverages will be provided. And prizes will be awarded! Want to bring a child who’s not interested in Minecraft? No worries, we’ll have a table full of fun board games too!

Here’s the fine print:
· Participation in the Minecraft event is limited to the first 100 registrations. The minimum age to participate in the gaming event is six years old.
· Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops to game on, if possible, as well as a power supply.
· Participants without laptops will have the use of a computer, as available.
· Minecraft must be pre-installed on your computer. This requires a license for the Java (PC or Mac) version of Minecraft. Details are provided during the registration process (below).
· Please note the technical requirements for computers running Minecraft for this event. They are also posted on the registration page.
· Faculty and staff remain responsible for the actions of their children throughout the event.


The Office of the Vice President & CIO
SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Gender Institute

Sent to the listserv for all UB employees

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Dear NMCers,

Headed to the 2017 ELI Annual Meeting next week? So are we! In fact, we invite you to join us for an NMC Digital Learning Initiative series of events.

The Premise:
Digital courseware can help students succeed in high-enrollment, general education courses. These educational resources integrate adaptive learning capabilities, data analytics, and more within user-friendly platforms backed by learning science. Attendees are invited to participate in hands-on demonstrations with five digital courseware providers who are creating learning solutions with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Next Generation Courseware Challenge.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience these innovations and discover how digital courseware can increase student engagement and learner motivations.

I hope to see you there!


Brian Yuhnke
Director, NMC Digital Learning Initiative
Program Management & Design Initiatives
New Media Consortium

New Media Consortium
1250 Capital of Texas Hwy South
Building 3, Suite 400
Austin, Texas 78746
P: 512.445.4200 E:

The events will take place at the Marriott Marquis Houston, and all attendees must be ELI Annual Meeting badge holders to participate.

Register here.

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