Good morning colleagues,
Here is the first update of the new year on a very cold morning:
-Due to the extreme weather conditions, all classes at UWM have been cancelled for today and parking is free today.
-UW System President Search: Open Forum video conference sessions with finalists will be held today in Lubar S250. See
http://www.uwsa.edu/presidential-search/ for candidate times and CVs. Here are some details: Julie Gordon, Associate Vice President for Financial Administration, will host each of the open forum video conferences. To optimize the time each candidate has, Julie will begin the institution “roll call” 5 minutes before the video conference begins. Each candidate will be provided 5-10 minutes at the beginning of each session to make opening comments and then Julie will ask for questions from the sites. Since there may be as many as 26 sites up and running, there may not be enough time for each site to ask a question, but Julie will go down the list of sites to see if there are questions.
-Mark Mone and I, as well as representatives from the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, campus governance, and Provost staff members will be meeting today and tomorrow to review all schools’ and colleges’ Academic Program plans that were submitted on December 20. The plan is then to provide feedback to the different schools and colleges starting this Thursday. Schools and Colleges will then have time to finalize their academic plan (based on our feedback and comments) for a final submission on January 31.
-The priority deadlines for turning in spring 2014 Course Reserve requests are today for Electronic Reserve requests and Friday, January 10 for Traditional Reserve requests.
If you need more information, see: http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/reservespring14.cfm.
-Second day of review of Academic Program plans.
-I am attending a meeting with the deans of Education, Continuing Education, and Nursing to discuss teaching opportunities in the Watertown region.
- Today and Friday I am attending an “Access to Success Provosts Workshop” in Baltimore. It is organized by the Education Trust and the US Education Delivery Institute. According to the invitation, the purpose of the workshop “... is to provide additional support to campus provosts who want to step up on the completion agenda, and who would also benefit from the coaching, tools, and a network of knowledgeable peers similarly committed.”
-There is also the Fall Welcome 2014 Kickoff planning meeting from 1-3 p.m. in Sandburg Flicks (see Announcements).
-The first feedback meetings on the academic plans will be with the Zilber School of Public Health and L&S.
-Feedback meetings on the academic plans are scheduled with the following schools/colleges: CEAS, SOIS, HBSSW, and SARUP.
From the Learning Technology Center
-If you are interested in driving down costs of textbooks or providing a richer learning experience for your students, you should attend a meeting next Monday (January 13) at 11:30 a.m. that is organized by the Learning Technology Center (LTC). A sneak preview of Ginkgotree’s new features will be presented. We have been piloting Ginkgotree, a web-based application integrated with Desire2Learn (D2L) that instructors can use to curate digital content, including open education resources (OER). Registration is required, and lunch will be provided. Visit http://tinyurl.com/uwmginkgo for more information.
From the Student Success Center
-The Fall Welcome Leadership Team invites you all to the Fall Welcome 2014 Kickoff planning meeting on January 9 from 1-3 p.m. in Sandburg Flicks. Here are the goals of the meeting (in case you were wondering):
-Overview of the assessment and opportunity to share feedback of FW 2013
-Key dates and overview of planning process for FW 2014
-Information on involvement and idea generation for FW 2014
For questions, contact Ericca Pollack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-The first book in the Information Policy book series at MIT Press, co-edited by Sandra Braman (UWM) and Paul Jaeger (University of Maryland), has been published: Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis, by Vili Lehdonvirta and Edward Castranova. This is the first book series to focus on information policy. The theoretical foundation and field definitional frame for the series are based on Braman’s MIT Press book, Change of State: Information, Policy, and Power.
-UWM is featured in OnlineDegrees.com’s article, “5 Midwest colleges that have embraced blended learning.” The article highlights five Midwestern institutions that have a reputation for blended learning that prospective students should consider in making their college choices. See http://www.onlinedegrees.com/degree360/student-focus/5-midwest-colleges-offering-blended-learning-programs.html.
-Architecture 350 students made compelling videos outlining the state of sustainable issues at Milwaukee metropolitan environmental organizations. Students are engaging in service learning with these community organizations to fulfill requirements for the course. The administration of these connections is facilitated by the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research at UWM. See http://vimeo.com/82456783.
-LSITO’s Danny Harvey co-authored “Cognitive Science: How Do Deep Approaches to Learning Promote Metacognitive Strategies to Enhance Integrated Learning?” in the Conference Proceedings: Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning, 60-65.
The pdf of the proceedings is at:
Take care, stay warm, and check out this short and creative Happy New Year Video from L&S:
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee