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Faculty Fellows Offer Opportunities

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Interested in teaching online and/or using technology to enhance teaching? Eve Browning and Abram Anders are working one-on-one and with groups of faculty.

Increasing numbers of faculty members are choosing alternative paths for course delivery, including creative uses of technology to enhance learning. Applications were sought this summer from UMD faculty members interested in being appointed as Online Faculty Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year.

Eve Browning, CLA and Abram Anders, LSBE were chosen as this year's Online Faculty Fellows. Both are very accomplished faculty members and bring to the initiative a wide range of skills and expertise. They will primarily be working one-on-one and with groups of faculty during the upcoming year.

The Faculty Fellow(s) will advance goals by Academic Affairs and ITSS to support faculty members who are interested in teaching online and/or using technology to enhance teaching.

Two Immediate Opportunities

1. Become Part of UMD's Online Delivery Community of Practice (CoP)

If you have taught online, are currently teaching online, or thinking about teaching online, then please consider joining us for the first 2013-14 meeting.

Online Delivery CoP Meeting
Date October 16th
Time 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Place Garden Room
Topic Professor Jason Ford (CLA/Philosophy) will demonstrate his first fully online course: PHIL 1008: Critical Thinking (May Session 2013), which included some neat features.
RSVP Eve Browning at ebrownin@d.umn.edu

The Online Delivery CoP is an opportunity to engage in evolving discussion around the question:

"What does good online teaching look like at UMD?"

Help us continue to explore this question in the academic year ahead!

2. Join us ONLINE at UMD FOTEL (a Google+ Community)

UMD FOTEL (Faculty for Online and Technology-Enhanced Learning) is a faculty-led online discussion forum dedicated to supporting and exploring online and technology enhanced learning. Our Google+ Community site provides a space for sharing and discussing challenges, opportunities, and resources. Additionally, we will broadcast news, workshops, events and share examples of great work from individuals and groups across the university.

Our first highlighted group will be the inaugural face-to-face cohort of the Educational Technology Workshop (ETW) on the Duluth campus. ETW is a six-week workshop series that explores emerging web tools and pedagogies. Participants will explore methods for researching, publishing, collaborating, annotating, creating personal learning networks, and using tools like ebook editors, apps, personal response systems, reference managers, and more. A partnership between the Office of Information Technology and the University Libraries, the ETW will blend instructor presentations with collaborative problem solving. With the support of UMD Information Technology Systems and Services, this semester we are hosting a cohort on the Duluth campus. Registration for ETW is now closed for our fall session, but we hope to offer another session in the spring semester. You can follow along with all our activities on the UMD FOTEL site. We will share resources and reflections from our facilitators and participants with the community.

Questions about FOTEL or ETW?

Would you like to see your work, group, or event highlighted on FOTEL? Please contact Abram Anders at adanders@d.umn.edu.

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