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POD Network News

Fall 2018 Issue

President's Column:
Reaching Out, Finding Allies, Sharing Capacities

As we head into the fall and approach our annual conference, POD Network President Cassandra Horii, asks: What do you want others to know about educational development? Who most needs to understand and benefit from our work? To learn more and share your response, please click HERE.
Committee & SIG Updates
The GPPD SIG is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Career Development Grant. We look forward to collaborating with these individuals at the conference including our GPPD Networking Lunch, the GPPD Showcase, and our Business Meeting. Follow us on Twitter at @PODGPPD or on Facebook at POD GPPD to learn about our conference activities, share resources relevant to grads and postdocs as well as the people who serve them, and see job postings.  To learn more, click HERE

The Scholarship Committee is pleased to share information and resources pertaining to recent publications, opportunities to publish in To Improve the Academy, opportunities to participate in the Scholarship of Educational Research Reading Group and/or the The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE).  To learn more about these resources and collaborative opportunities, please click HERE.
43rd Annual POD Network Conference
Leadership and managing change are two of the most pressing concerns POD Network Members face in their institutions and in the educational development profession. From November 14–18, 2018, we will gather in Portland, OR to discuss these and other issues during our annual conference, “Leading in Times of Change.”

We received a record number of 472 proposals in response to the call, with 363 POD Network members who volunteered to be peer reviewers. To learn more about the conference and keynote speaker, click HERE.
Membership News & Updates
Each year the POD Network recognizes the contributions of its members to our organization, and our field through a number of awards. To learn more about these award opportunities, including their descriptions, requirement and upcoming submission timelines, click HERE.

In other exciting news, we are pleased to share the outstanding work of our POD members and to highlight their accomplishments! Therefore, this month we would like to feature the following:
John Zubizarreta co-led an international faculty institute on honors education in Groningen, The Netherlands
John Zubizarreta co-led an international faculty institute on honors education in Groningen, The Netherlands, 4-6 Jun. 2018, with participants from the U.S., Holland, Austria, Saudi Arabia, and China. He subsequently co-presented on the power of writing to learn at the “X-Honours Congrestival,” Leeuwarden, Holland, 7–9 Jun. 2018. “Dr. Z” also led faculty development workshops on teaching today’s “selfie generation” and critical reflection for enhancing learning at Northern Illinois University’s “Teaching Effectiveness Institute,” 17 Aug. 2018.
Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone; Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education
POD Network member Thomas J. Tobin's new book, Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone; Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education, is coming out on November 1 from West Virginia University Press. The book defines UDL; explores the neuroscience of why it works; shares specific strategies at the course, program, and institution levels; and provides ways to secure funding, staff, and time for UDL implementation. POD Network members can save 25% with code REACHTEACH at the link above.
The fall issue of New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Assessment in Action: Evidence-Based Discussions about Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum, is now available online. Claudia Stanny served as the editor for this issue. Institutions with a subscription to the Wiley Online catalog have full access to the articles published online. To review the table of contents, click HERE.   

Indiana University’s Center for Learning Analytics and Student Success (CLASS) recently hosted the "Framing the Future of Learning Analytics and Student Success” summit. Featuring faculty presentations, working-sessions and 3-keynote addresses, the focus of the summit was to advance faculty research that uses big data and learning analytics to further student success at the course, program, and institutional level. 81 participants representing 22 institutions from Canada and the U.S. participated. 

Indiana University Bloomington faculty were internationally recognized at the recent Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference in Sydney, Australia, for their contributions to research about student success. The faculty's research was featured in a paper titled "Implementation of a Learning Analytics Fellows Program," which received the Best Practitioner Short Paper award at the conference. To learn more and download the paper, click the links above.

Many POD members will be aware that The National Teaching and Learning FORUM has been running a series of articles on teaching for Social Justice/Social Equity. NTLF has received so much interest in the series that they are thinking of extending it and inviting POD members to contribute their articles in this vital area—so important to our culture and society at this time.  Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis and should be sent to James Rhem at jrhem@chorus.net (approximately 1,500 words or fewer).
POD Live!
POD Live provides a series of thought-provoking presentations and conversations by leading educational developers. This issue features Laurie Grupp (Providence College) and Deandra Little (Elon University).  In this video they present, "Educational Developers: Knowing Ourselves So We Can Enhance Our Impact."

New AAC&U Resource: Fulfilling the American Dream—Liberal Education and the Future of Work
On August 28, the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released its new report, Fulfilling the American dream: Liberal education and the future of work. This large survey of executives and hiring managers, conducted by Hart Research Associates, offers a helpful update to the association's previous surveys of employers about the capacities they look for in college graduates. A key implication of the findings for Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTLs) includes continued affirmation of the importance of high-impact practices—such as eportfolios, internships, extensive writing, and collaborative research—that serve as the core for many educational development programs. Second, the study signals the importance of CTLs' collaborations with academic units on curriculum development, to provide students with increased opportunities to practice key "21st-century skills," such as oral communication and complex problem-solving. Finally, the survey points to a potential growth area for CTLs: to support greater teaching and learning of metacognitive and life-long learning skills, because relatively few employers report that college graduates have the necessary capacities to advance or be promoted in their careers. POD Network President Cassandra Horii and AAC&U CIO and Associate Vice President for Quality, Advocacy, and LEAP Initiatives, C. Edward Watson, will be moderating a November 16 panel (9:00–10:15 AM) at the POD Network Conference on many of these topics.
Choices in an Evidence-Driven Era
Thriving in Academe” appears in the National Education Association’s five times-per-year publication, Higher Education Advocate, and is a long-time collaboration between the POD Network and NEA. The latest edition features an article entitled, “Wise Instructional Choices in an Evidence-driven Era” (pp. 6–9). Past issues can be found here.
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