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CATE Newsletter  |  Issue #002  |  February 17, 2021  |  teaching.uic.edu





Dear UIC community,

Last month, we announced the integration of UIC’s Learning Technology Solutions (LTS) team with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE), creating a “one stop shop” for teaching support that combines a holistic understanding of evidence-based teaching practices with the educational technologies enabling innovation in UIC’s learning environments whatever the modality (online, in person, hybrid). UIC instructors and teaching assistants may access a growing repository of teaching resources, tools, and strategies through CATE’s website: teaching.uic.edu

In this month’s newsletter, we’re showcasing resources and upcoming events supporting teaching and learning through technology. In addition:

You may follow upcoming teaching and learning events sponsored by CATE, UIC departments, and outside organizations on our Events page: teaching.uic.edu/events-all. We invite our campus teaching and learning community to share announcements for upcoming events and professional learning opportunities supporting instruction. Our team is delighted to help disseminate these activities through our website and newsletter.  Please email us at teaching@uic.edu with your contributions.

Thank you for your tireless efforts to support our students in their learning throughout a year that has demanded resilience, ingenuity, and flexibility in our curriculum like never before. We look forward to your engagement with CATE and in supporting you in your teaching.

Sincerely yours,

Erin O’Leary

Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE)



Featured Events

 Innovate Conference


Innovate 2021
Join us at Innovate 2021onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend-2021/innovate, a fully online conference presented by Online Learning Consortium and MERLOT. Together we will challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow.

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE) would like to invite you to OLC's Innovate 2021: Education Reimagined, a completely virtual conference that blends emerging trends in technology with innovations in pedagogy and administration. This week-long conference, from March 15th - March 19th, offers an online virtual experience that includes:

  •  Keynote Address from Rajiv Jhangiani, the Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia
  • 7 targeted summits – HBCU, International, Research, Instructional Design, Community College, K-12 and Leadership Network
  • Social and networking activities including happy hours, game socials, meditation, and more fun, engaging activities
  • More than 150 sessions throughout the week and attendees will have access to recordings of all of the sessions for a year

Thanks to the generous support of partners across campus, a virtual pass has been purchased for UIC. This registration link is unique to UIC affiliates, and participants should register only with their UIC email address.



Featured Resources



Organizations and Consortiums
A resource to discover organizations and consortiums to assist with teaching and learning. 

  • The U of I System is a member of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). Instructors at all three universities have free access to OLC resources related to digital learning and online teaching, which could be especially helpful right now during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Quality Matters is a global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. 
  • The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) supports professional, continuing, and online education by offering members a variety of free professional development opportunities and helpful resources, including innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities, and timely publications. Read more: go.uic.edu/memberships
QM Online Course Design Guide 

Bridge to Quality: A QM Online Course Design Guide
Users of this guide should view the steps as a progression to achieving a quality online course that may ultimately meet QM Standards in an official course review. Read more: qualitymatters.org/higher-ed-bridge-guide-basic

Zoom breakout rooms with added capabilities through Acadly
Transition easily between group work and whole-class activities by joining UIC’s Acadly pilot. Read more: today.uic.edu/zoom-breakout-rooms-with-added-capabilities-through-acadly

Flexible teaching options for on-campus classes
Using tools to live stream for students unable to attend in-person class. Read more: today.uic.edu/flexible-teaching-options-for-on-campus-classes



National & Regional Events

 Reaching Every Learner Everywhere


Reaching and Teaching Every Learner Everywhere
Join the CEE Network for a presentation about the work of Every Learner Everywhere, an organization that helps institutions use new technology to innovate teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of improving student outcomes for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, poverty-affected students, and first-generation students. Read more: teaching.uic.edu/events/reaching-and-teaching-every-learner-everywhere

Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science
The Chicago Symposium is a forum for faculty and graduate students in education, mathematics, and science devoted to improving teaching and learning of mathematics and science. Read more: math.uic.edu/chicagosymposium

Katherine Wheatle, PhD is a strategy officer for federal policy and equity in the Washington, DC offices of Lumina Foundation 
Katherine Wheatle, PhD 

Coloring the Markups: Examining Race in Higher Education Policy
Urban Higher Education Lunchtime Lecture. Join Katherine Wheatle, strategy officer for Lumina Foundation, in examining how federal policies impact equitable learning opportunities for college students. Check out future events in the lecture series, including "Interrogating Social Justice Paradigms in School Finance Ontology at the Intersection of Race and Equity" with David Martinez on March 10 and "Reading Between the Lines: Response, Racism, and Activism on College Campuses" with Katherine Cho on April 7. These events are hosted by UIC's MEd Urban Higher Education program. Read more: education.uic.edu/events/race-higher-ed-policy

Grant Writing for Education
Learn how to write a grant proposal. Explore the process of finding, applying for, and being successful in seeking grant money for educational causes. This course covers the basics of grant writing, including understanding a Request for Proposal (RFP) or grant solicitation; finding grants that are relevant to your project from governments, foundations, and even corporations; and writing proposals in a way that shares the educational need and story. Educator and experienced grant writer Karl Kapp also reviews the most common grant-writing mistakes, and provides worksheets and examples of winning grants in the exercise files. Read more: linkedin.com/learning/grant-writing-for-education/welcome?u=43607124



UIC Educational Initiatives



Teaching Sustainability Initiative’s 2020-2021 Course Development Cohort Application
The Office of Planning, Sustainability, and Project Management along with the Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy Education and Research Subcommittee are pleased to invite UIC faculty to apply for the Teaching Sustainability Initiative’s 2020-2021 Course Development Cohort.  In its third year, this program is intended to intentionally grow UIC’s sustainability course offerings to all students.  Funding is made available through the Sustainability Fee and has been approved by the Sustainability Fee Student Board. The Teaching Sustainability Initiative consists of a half-day program that will provide faculty of all subject areas an overview on how to amend and/or create curriculum to include sustainability concepts. The workshop will explore how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability — broadly defined — into our classrooms, as well as access to a network of experienced instructors who will provide assistance and feedback as you formulate a dynamic syllabus and curriculum.  Faculty will receive a stipend for their participation. The deadline for applications is February 22, 2021, applicants will be notified of their status no later than March 19. More information about the program and application process can be found here: sustainability.uic.edu/teaching-sustainability-initiative

Blackboard Catalyst Awards
Honoring innovation and excellence within our global client community. Nominations for the 2021 Blackboard Catalyst Awards will be open through March 5th. Read more: community.blackboard.com/catalystawards

 Inclusive Classrooms Initiative in Diversity

Inclusive Classrooms Initiative in Diversity
The Office of Diversity’s Inclusive Classroom Initiative (ICI) lives at the intersection of three key institutional priorities at UIC: diversity, equity, and inclusion; student success; and teaching excellence. The initiative is based on the understanding that effective, high-quality teachers understand both the academic discipline — what they are teaching — as well as the students that they teach — who they are teaching. They also, importantly, take pedagogy seriously — how they are teaching. In its broadest sense, the Inclusive Classroom Initiative is designed to support UIC faculty in intentionally constructing classroom environments which encourage the learning and overall well-being of all students at UIC.

The ICI consists of a series of modules developed by faculty content experts on topics that are relevant and specific to UIC. Each module focuses on building empathy, creating relevance and providing practical strategies faculty can use in their classrooms regardless of disciplines. Read more: diversity.uic.edu/engagement/diversity-education/ici

Blackboard Exemplary Course Award
You can submit your Blackboard course for the Exemplary Course Program to be evaluated - and potentially be awarded. The Exemplary Course Program began in 2000 with the goal of identifying and disseminating best practices for designing high quality courses. The core of the program is the Exemplary Course Rubric, which defines key characteristics of high-quality courses within the framework of Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support. Educators and instructional designers use the rubric to improve the quality of online learning at their institutions for their students. The Exemplary Course award highlights their efforts. Read more: community.blackboard.com/ecp


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