Summer 2017 Progress Report

Prepared by Brad Hinson (PI), Remi Kalir (Co-PI), Pamela Laird (Co-PI), Michael Zinser (Co-PI)

The following summarizes ThinqStudio activities from April through August, 2017:

  • The first cohort of 5 ThinqStudio Faculty Fellows was selected through an application process representing CLAS, InWorks, and SEHD. This coming year’s Faculty Fellow projects may focus on assessment, augmented reality, digital tool use in K-12 classrooms, engineering education, among other topics.
  • Established partnership with the Digital Pedagogy Lab & Institute , to include summer conferences, strategic planning, and subsequent cross-over professional development events during 2017-18 academic year.
  • After outreach across campus, 18 CU Denver representatives — including tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty, instructors, a librarian, and an associate dean — from 7 units (Auraria Library, CAM, CAP, CLAS, InWorks, SEHD) attended Digital Pedagogy Lab Institutes at either Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, British Columbia, or the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. A 19th member of our delegation, from an eighth unit (SPA), was unable to attend at the last minute because of a family emergency.
  • Launch of project website and blog at http://thinq.studio.
  • Planned participation in CU Denver’s Center for Faculty Development Books @Work book club, with the focal text Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (October 2017).
  • Planned participation in the Center for Faculty Development’s Spotlight on Teaching event, with invited participation from ThinqStudio Faculty Fellows (October 2017).
  • Planned participation in a regional partnership associated with Metropolitan State University’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium, including keynote address by ThinqStudio Co-PI Remi Kalir (October 2017).
  • Preparation of publication about ThinqStudio in SEHD alumni magazine (Edge).
  • Maintained open communication with and invited collaboration from multiple campus stakeholders and supporters, including CU Online and the Center for Faculty Development.

Fall 2017 planning and objectives:

  • ThinqStudio lunch gatherings, starting with a kickoff event scheduled for early September. The purposes of these meetings will include building a community of digital pedagogues, sharing Faculty Fellow project updates and related scholarship of teaching efforts, and strengthening our cross-campus and regional networks.
  • Increasing social media presence and multimedia outreach efforts, including press in local/university publications (e.g., CU Denver Today) and open-access journals related to digital pedagogy (e.g., Hybrid Pedagogy).
  • Exploring ePortfolio integrations, including Domain of One’s Own initiatives in SEHD.
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