Tough Talk: Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education

Watch for a date the week of March 30-April 3

Watch for an email about how to sign up for the next CATL “Tough Talk” around the book Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education by editors Heather J. Shotton, Shelly C. Lowe, and Stephanie J. Waterman. This book will help us lead discussions about how to better support our First Nations students and support those who are trying to remove the asterisk as a signaling tool for First Nations peoples in research and practice. Please sign up for a book here!

Due April 15: Teaching Enhancement Grant Applications

The Instructional Development Council (IDC) is accepting applications for Teaching Enhancement Grants, through support from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, to provide funding for professional development activities or projects that lead to the improvement of teaching skills or the development of innovative teaching strategies. Thus, this grant is not designed to support the acquisition of content for a course(s), but is specifically targeted toward pedagogy (i.e., the teaching talents, methods, and abilities of the instructor). The Instructional Development Council issues two calls for Teaching Enhancement Grant proposals each year, one in the fall and one in the spring.

Due March 13: Online and Hybrid Program Development Grant Applications

Now in its third year, the Online and Hybrid Program Development Grant seeks applications from campus leaders who wish to develop or re-furbish online or hybrid programs or suites of courses. This grant is for you if you wish to:

  • Launch a new online or hybrid program
  • Refurbish an existing online or hybrid program
  • Increase the coherence between the online, hybrid, and face-to-face environments within a program
  • Instill best practices in a “common thread” of courses which serve a curricular requirement, such as writing emphasis courses or labs, across multiple programs.

Check out the grant’s homepage for more information, including the application form. You may also wish to see the applications from previous recipients on the FAQ page. The deadline for proposals is March 13, 2020.

Teaching Resources Around COVID-19

CATL has collected a number of resources to help instructors and academic staff foster a safe and inclusive environment for all students on our campus. In light of the discussion surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the xenophobia, discrimination, fear, and bias that pervades its portrayal in the media, we hope to support and encourage instructors to consider these pedagogical strategies and responses should they happen in your classes or in interactions with students.

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