Open Educational Resources LogoThe high cost of commercial textbooks (print and electronic) is a major concern for both students and their parents.

The Open Education “Mini-Grants” Initiative encourages instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials; these can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.

Fifteen $1000 “mini-grants” will be available this spring. These modest yet significant sums are meant to offer an incentive for the time it will take you to identify new resources, adjust syllabi, and modify assignments and can also be used to cover any actual expenses you incur.

We invite you to engage in this transition through a competitive grant process.

If you are interested in applying for this initiative, please attend one of the Open Education Initiative information sessions to be held Feb 21st and 22nd from noon to 1 pm in Jackson Library, Room 216.  Please RSVP prior to the workshop or any questions you have to Beth Bernhardt at brbernha@uncg.edu

The deadline to apply for the “mini-grants” is March 10th.  The application is available at http://tinyurl.com/o2xck9j.

In December and January, a number of faculty submitted proposals to be considered for SEED Grant funding for Innovative Teaching projects that highlight experiential learning and focus on the three themes of the UNCG Strategic Plan.

To view the list of twelve faculty whose proposals were selected, view the award announcement.

Young man enjoys science.

UNCG is working to create a supporting atmosphere that fosters positive and engaging exploration in science and engineering.

On April 22, 2017, from 12-4pm, the third annual “Science, Science, Everywhere” community science festival will be held across the UNCG campus. It will offer an opportunity for young people and their families to explore and be exposed to new and interesting scientific ideas and principles and allow direct interaction with experts in many fields.

Last year (2016), there were 60 activities — in 2017, they are aiming for over 75 hands-on science activities.

Having fun at "Science, Science, Everywhere"
Having fun at the 2016 Science, Science, Everywhere event. Photo Credit: Martin Kane, UNCG

Want to come join the fun? Visit the “Science, Science, Everywhere” page for event details.

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Join the UTLC on Wednesday, March 1, for a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate – pick up a snack – and they’ll have “s’more” materials! It’s a great time to meet with colleagues from across campus.

9-10am in the Faculty Center. There is no need to register – drop in as your schedule allows! Read more…

Taylor Mabe NanoTube screen still

(Exerpt from nano.gov announcement – February 16, 2017)

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is pleased to announce the winners of this round of Nano Film, a video contest that asks people to talk about nanotechnology. This round’s winners come from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where nanoscience graduate student, Taylor Mabe, collaborated with film student, Jenna Schad, to film Portable Devices for Disease Diagnostics. Read more…

HRI Launch - Photo Credit: Martin Kane, UNCG

The Guilford County Health Relationships Initiative (HRI), a partnership between UNCG and the Phillips Foundation, was launched on January 31, 2017. The mission of the Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative is to infuse the local community with information, resources, and services to promote happy, healthy, and safe relationships and prevent the negative consequences of relationship distress. Read more…