January 28, 2019

MEMORANDUM

TO: UNCG Faculty

RE: A Day of Adaptive, Differentiated, and Personalized Learning

The University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC) is offering a collection of hands-on experiences on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 showcasing ways to develop and implement adaptive, differentiated, and personalized learning in your courses.  The day will have a practical focus, including sandbox experiences with existing software options and a series of one-hour workshops on using adaptive learning within any discipline.

Session topics will address how these learning tools help to promote equity in the classroom and how the software works with Open Educational Resources.

9:00 – 10:00 am, Course Check-Up: Making Your Class a Strong Teaching and Learning Experience

10:10 – 11:10 am, Adaptive Learning Software Sandboxes: Experience Three Different Platforms

11:20 am – 12:20 pm, Open Educational Resources and Personalized Learning: Using Free Resources to Support Course Redesign

1:10 – 2:10 pm, Step-By-Step Course Redesign for Adaptive, Differentiated, and Personalized Learning

2:20 – 3:20 pm, Using Learning Analytics: How Courseware Helps Improve Teaching and Learning

3:30 – 4:30 pm, Soliciting Feedback for Continuous Improvement

Note: All sessions will be held in the EUC, Claxton and Kirkland rooms, and have been designed so faculty may attend any part of the day to accommodate varied levels of interest and availability.  To register for any of the workshops please click on the following link (http://workshops.uncg.edu), then click on ‘University Teaching and Learning Commons.’

 

The day will be facilitated by Dr. Patti O’Sullivan, who manages the Personalized Learning and Adaptive Teaching Opportunities Program at the University of Mississippi.  Dr. O’Sullivan brings a background in Ethics and Religious Studies and also serves as a faculty member in Pharmacy Administration.

 

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January 28, 2019

MEMORANDUM

TO: UNCG Faculty

RE: IMPORTANT CourseLeaf Training

This is a reminder to please sign up for training in our new CourseLeaf software which will manage our curriculum review and catalog creation processes.  Sessions are offered Feb. 5 – 8.  The training will be conducted by a member of the CourseLeaf training team, so it will be an opportunity to have an expert step us through the new system.

If you do any of the following for your department, please sign up for a session:

  • CIM End User Training: For anyone who Initiates a curriculum action for their department, including requesting a new course, revision to a course, and program changes.  These workshops are intended for department faculty.
  • CIM Approvers Only Training: For anyone who approves a curriculum change at the department, unit or University level.  This includes department heads, associate deans, and curriculum committee members at all levels.
  • CAT Page Owner Training: For anyone who makes edits to non-curricular content on catalog pages.  This includes faculty and staff in departments and schools/colleges who edit catalog content.

There will be additional trainings offered by the Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Academic Program Planning and the Graduate School, but this will be the first opportunity to get into the new system and have it explained by the experts.  If you are undertaking any of these activities (revising curriculum and editing the catalog) this spring, you should be signed up for these workshops.

Sign up for these workshops using this link: https://workshops.uncg.edu/Workshops-By-Category/268

Please contact curriculum@uncg.edu with any questions.

The Office of the Provost and the University Libraries are joining together to support faculty interested in providing their students with a less expensive yet educationally rewarding alternative to expensive commercial textbooks.

The 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 4th or 5th from 12 to 1 pm in Jackson Library, Room 216. (Drinks and desserts will be provided you are welcome to bring your lunch) Please RSVP prior for the workshop and send any questions you have to Beth Bernhardt at brbernha@uncg.edu.

The deadline to apply for the “mini-grants” is March 4th.  You can apply at https://tinyurl.com/minigrants2019.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing non-traditional educational resources as an alternative to the traditional high-cost textbook.

 

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January 16, 2019

MEMORANDUM

TO: UNCG Faculty

RE: IMPORTANT CourseLeaf Curriculum Training

In Fall 2017, UNCG elected to implement the Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) and Catalog (CAT) modules of the CourseLeaf system produced by Leepfrog. CIM and CAT are replacing the existing paper-based processes for proposing, reviewing, and approving changes to courses and programs and the annual production of the University Catalog (formerly the undergraduate and graduate bulletins).

The CIM module enables the online submission, editing, tracking, and approval of new and existing courses and programs, and the CAT module addCAT provides the capability to manage the editing and publishing of catalog content to web, mobile, and print (PDF) platforms. An integrated, web-based system, CourseLeaf’s CIM and CAT modules, will significantly enhance UNCG’s curriculum and catalog by providing faculty and staff with a more efficient, accurate, and accessible means of managing the university’s curriculum.

As part of the implementation, on-campus training will be offered by Leepfrog on February 5-8, 2019. Three types of training sessions will be offered:

  • CIM End Users: During this small-group session, the trainer will demonstrate how to make edits to courses and programs in CIM. This is a hands-on session and attendees may follow along with the trainer, using the software as part of the learning process. Participants are also encouraged to bring course and program proposals that they may be working on.
    • Attendees: All faculty who will author course and program proposals in CIM should attend one of these sessions.
  • CIM Approvers: This large group session will instruct those who have an approval role in the curriculum process about how to accomplish their tasks in CIM. The trainer will provide an overview of the CIM module, review the workflow and approval process, and give a brief presentation on the editing tools.
    • Attendees: Faculty who are responsible for approving course and program proposals (e.g. Department Head/Chairs, Associate Deans, Curriculum Committee Chairs) should attend one of these sessions.
  • CAT Page Owners: In this session, the trainer will provide an overview of the CAT module and demonstrate how to make edits to non-curricular content on catalog pages. This is a hands-on session, and attendees may follow along with the trainer, using the software as part of the learning process. Participants are also encouraged to bring edits they are working on for the 2019-2020 catalog edition to the session.
    • Attendees: Department and college/school staff or faculty who have been designated as catalog content/page manager or owners should attend one of these sessions.

The sessions will not be in a lab and a laptop is required.  ITS will provide a limited number of laptops by request.   Please register for sessions at your earliest convenience at workshops.uncg.edu.

The implementation of CourseLeaf CIM and CAT is an exciting initiative that provides UNCG with a system that will enhance our ability to manage our curriculum and catalog. I encourage all faculty and staff to take advantage of the upcoming on-campus training to learn about how to utilize the capabilities of this new system. Please visit provost.uncg.edu/coursleaf/ (available January 18th) for additional information on the implementation and the training. Questions may be directed to Kristine Sunda, Executive Director of the Integrated Futures Team.

McNair Scholars at Induction Ceremony

In November, UNCG named the second cohort of McNair scholars, and 19 students were inducted into the UNCG Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Program, a federal TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The new cohort includes representation from every school at UNCG and 17 departments.

The goal of UNCG-McNair is to diversify faculty demographics across the nation by providing experience and training to students typically under-represented in the academy. Designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies, UNCG-McNair includes a wide variety of guided research opportunities, including a special interdisciplinary research methodology course, direct mentorship from research librarians, and the UNCG-McNair Summer Research Institute. As part of the Institute, the McNair scholars visited Washington, D.C., where they conducted research at the Library of Congress.

The research opportunities have not only given the McNair scholars access to the world of academia, but also a research community among their peers.

Senior McNair scholar McKayla Bohannon giving the keynote address at the induction ceremony.
Senior McNair scholar McKayla Bohannon giving the keynote address at the induction ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior McNair scholar Asia Brannon pinning new McNair Scholar Antoiné Cunningham as a recognition of her membership.

“The McNair Scholars program has given mea community to belong to that I will be a part of for life,” said senior psychology major Ariana Watkins. “My mentors have been wonderful and have really helped me a lot. I almost didn’t apply for the program because I didn’t think I was good enough,  but this program has taught me that I am good enough.” Watkins plans to pursue graduate study focused on wrongful convictions and jury decisions.

Watkins’ faculty mentor, Associate Professor in Psychology Gabriela Stein admired her mentee’s ability to develop a rigorous methodology and include real-world applicability in her research.

“Our meetings were lively, fun, and engaging,” said Stein. “Watching Ariana develop as a scientist as she has refined her methodology and questions based on her initial pilot results has been inspiring.” The McNair Scholars program aligns with one of Stein’s main goals as a researcher and educator, which is to diversify science.  “Because diversity strengthens psychological science, as a mentor, I endeavor to foster scientific self-efficacy in all my students so that they can significantly contribute to our field,” she said.

Several McNair scholars presented their research at national conferences during the fall, and more than half of the scholars are applying to graduate programs. Alyssa Sanchez has been accepted to the UNC Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy and Nicholas Smurthwaite is enrolled in the accelerated MA program in the English department at UNCG.

Scholars reciting the McNair Pledge
The scholars reciting the McNair Pledge.
Scholars reciting the McNair Pledge
The scholars reciting the McNair Pledge

“I continue to be impressed by the students in the McNair Scholars program,” said Director in the Office of Federal TRiO Programs and director of UNCG-McNair Kara Baldwin. “Last year, I watched the first cohort of scholars develop their research interests and add their voices to conversations around critical topics. This new cohort seems as invested in making an impact in their research fields as well. What really sticks out to me is that our McNair Scholars are engaged in critical conversations and they want to make an impact on their community through the research they complete here at UNCG.”

“After a very exciting first year, UNCG-McNair is looking to build on the lessons learned and push forward in helping students succeed in conducting research and gaining admissions to graduate school,” said associate director of the program, D. Clinton Williams.

This year, UNCG will pilot a pre-McNair program that will expose high-achieving first year students to academic research, provide students the opportunity to participate in academic skills workshops, and help students identify the various types of research opportunities available at UNCG. To find out more about UNCG-McNair, visit the website here: https://studentsuccess.uncg.edu/uncg-mcnair/

UNCG McNair Pledge

I will strive to honor and respect the legacy set forth by Dr. Ronald E. McNair and former McNair scholars.

I will work earnestly toward the realization of my educational goals.

I embrace the challenge of attaining baccalaureate and post baccalaureate education through hard work and perseverance.

I strive to overcome any obstacles that might hinder my educational attainment.

I will observe high ethical, moral and academic standards.

I understand that I must be trustworthy, honorable and noble.

I commit myself to excellence, scholarship, and service.

I am a McNair Scholar!

With this pledge, I hereby accept the responsibilities and privileges of induction into the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

Featured Image: McNair scholars at the induction ceremony, November 26, 2018

Story by Susan Kirby-Smith, University Communications
Photographs by Jiyoung Park, University Communications

Conversations that Matter: Lloyd International Honors College at NCHA conference

UNC Greensboro’s Lloyd International Honors College was well represented at the North Carolina Honors Association (NCHA) 2018 conference, held at High Point University in late September. The Honors College has played a leadership role in the statewide association over the past three years, hosting the conference in 2016 and continuing to host the NCHA’s website.

This year’s conference theme “Conversations that Matter” was well suited for Lloyd International Honors College’s dynamic students, whose presentations highlighted research in education and experiential learning.

Those presentations included: “The Importance of Early Language Acquisition in Deaf Children: Sign Language and Education,” by Lauren Szalay and Brooke Rockot, and “Studying Abroad and Its Impact on My College Experience,” by Sarah Maske. Additionally, “A Never-ending Quest: Tracking and Evaluating Student Engagement and Outcomes,” was presented by Honors staff members Portia Harris, Maria Hayden, Angela Bolte, Julie Boyer and Rebecca Munich.

“Our Honors students modeled poise, curiosity, and generosity,” said Dr. Omar Ali, Dean of Lloyd International Honors College. “The delegation of Lloyd International Honors College, with over half a dozen Honors students, including Student Government Association President Samaya Roary, shone brightly. Not only did they present their excellent work, they asked poignant questions and offered especially helpful remarks, all the while supporting and encouraging fellow presenters in between sessions. I think it’s fair to say that our Honors students help make spaces of scholarly research and inquiry evermore collaborative and enjoyable for all.”

For more information about the Lloyd International Honors College, visit the website here.

Story by Susan Kirby-Smith, University Communications

Photograph courtesy of Omar Ali, Lloyd International Honors College

Featured Image: UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College delegation

Group photo of students taking a tour

Whether it’s being a first-generation college student, overcoming language barriers or facing other challenges, many young people in the Latino and Hispanic community find understanding the process of applying for financial resources and gaining admission to college a daunting prospect.

Prospective students already have plenty of questions. How do I apply? What resources are available to me? What will I major in? What’s life like on campus? Many of these questions require more than your typical college fair to become informed.

To meet this need, the Division of Enrollment Management’s CHANCE program provides Latino and Hispanic students the opportunity to engage in an intensive, five-day college preparatory immersion experience. The summer program exposes students to classroom experiences, leadership development, course registration, campus organizations, workshops, panel discussions and a college residence experience.

“Our main goal is to help these students envision themselves as university students,” said Dr. Amy Williamsen, Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. “Many didn’t think they could make it to college, but every one of the 36 eligible high-school seniors in the 2017 program applied to college. That’s a tremendous success rate.”

Students experiment with the School of Nursing’s anatomy visualization table.

Students looking at computerized table

 

 

 

 

 

When the program first started in 2017, UNC Greensboro welcomed 61 Latino and Hispanic high-school students for three days. The camp was such a success that attendance nearly doubled, to 111, and the duration was extended to five days for the 2018 CHANCE.

“CHANCE has grown a lot in a year,” said rising junior and CHANCE mentor Celeste Cervantes. “I’m really proud we were able to take that leap. There’s more programming and activities and there’s a lot more time for them to explore their values and think about what’s important to them.”

Cervantes, an elementary education major with a focus on dual language, was one of 24 UNCG student mentors in 2018, 23 of whom were Latino or Hispanic.

“It’s really great to have an impact on these kids,” Cervantes said. “Many of them will be first-generation college students, so they have a lot of questions. They learn a lot from us about the college experience, and for us mentors, it’s a time for us to reflect on our own experiences.”

Students explore UNCG’s history in University Archives.  

Two students looking through books

 

 

 

 

 

According to volunteers, the expansion of programming and the depth and breadth of the program will have an incredible impact on Latino and Hispanic youths. Miguel Angel Cruz-Morales, a junior nutrition major, said the program’s special attention to Latino culture is especially important.

“We’re engaging them more culturally, really taking it to another level with our cultural presentations,” Cruz-Morales said. “They can see their heritage and their culture represented here on campus. We held panels where currently enrolled students shared their experiences and demonstrated to the campers that their dreams can come true.”

 

Clinical Instructor, Lori Hubbard, leads a labor and delivery simulation with the School of Nursing’s SimMom during a mock nursing class for CHANCE students.

Students in a simulation of mannequin mom giving birth

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHANCE is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Frontier Set initiative. As one of 31 Frontier Set schools, UNCG was selected to further a number of initiatives focused on identifying successful strategies to improve graduation rates, especially for low-income and first-generation students and students of color. In addition, the program has garnered University-wide support from faculty and staff in each academic and student support unit.

CHANCE is the only program of its kind in the state, and has received more than 250 applications from the mountains of North Carolina to the coast. To learn more, visit enroll.uncg.edu/uncg-chance.

 

Story by Victor Ayala, University Communications

Photography by Martin W. Kane

Featured Image: UNCG Volunteers and CHANCE students take a tour of the UNCG wetlands.