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The most wonderful time of the year: PLIG Call for Proposals
November 7, 2014

It’s that time of year again and the Provost’s Learning Innovation Grants (PLIG) cycle has begun. If you’re considering applying for PLIG funding, the focus areas for this year have shifted a bit, and there’s a new funding opportunity for projects related to the use of learning analytics to improve student achievement and study the effectiveness of new pedagogies and academic technologies. We’re so excited about the potential for this grant, we’re offering a one-time Q&A session to answer all your burning questions about PLIG funding for analytics on December 3.

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The 2014 Malmӧ RIT Symposium
October 31, 2014

“Malmö is also undergoing a transition from being an industrial city to a city of knowledge. Older industries have been replaced by investments in new technology and training programmes of high calibre. Malmö University, which opened in 1998, is Sweden's latest venture in the field of higher education, accommodating some 25, 000 students.”

-City of Malmӧ website, 

 

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ILI Shows Progress, Begins Search for Permanent Director
October 10, 2014

 “Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity... and these in turn rely on the education of our people.”

-Julia Gillard

 

This academic year marks the second full year for the Innovative Learning Institute and we are seeing the fruits of our labor beginning to emerge. If you haven't visited the new ILI website, I strongly encourage you to, especially if you are a faculty member in need of support and services. On the ILI website, you will find stories of how RIT faculty have innovated in their classroom, strategies that are proven to work, online course development services and much more.  

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Dean Evaluation Committees: Raising the bar
September 30, 2014

 “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward

 

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What Lies Ahead
September 24, 2014

“Go back?" he thought. "No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!" So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

 

I am often asked what Academic Affairs will be working on in light of our new emerging strategic plan. As usual, plenty. 

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Hope and the Art of Teaching
September 5, 2014

"The difficult I'll do right now

The impossible will take a little while."

 — Billie Holiday from “Crazy He Calls Me”

 

 “Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart.”

-- Vaclav Havel, The Impossible Will Take a Little While

 

I wanted my first blog posting of the academic year to welcome you back in different manner. I suppose you could call this blog posting an example of the scholarship of application because I’m going to apply an idea I came across while reading the book The Impossible Will Take a Little While by Paul Rogat Loeb and apply to another domain area, namely the noble art of teaching.

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Did You Know? RIT’s “Hear From Our Students” Videos Have Won 14 Telly Awards Since 2011!
July 14, 2014

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”

-The Wizard of Oz

 

As anyone who has worked with them already knows, the RIT Production Services staff are truly an exceptional resource on campus. Always busy behind the scenes of our events and projects, Production Services creates compelling web, audio, video, graphic and online content to share the stories of RIT and our students with the world each and every day.

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Diversity trumps agility
May 21, 2014

“Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today.”

-Hu Jintao

 

At the April RIT Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Michael D'Arcangelo, director of diversity education at RIT, presented a thorough and thoughtful presentation entitled "A Business Case for Diversity: A Basis for Higher Education". I found his presentation built a compelling case for why diversity supports a number of strategic initiatives and I want to share some of the key points in this posting. You can find his entire presentation on the Resources section of the Diversity at RIT website.

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