Register now for the May 17 faculty retreat to discuss online education at UC Davis!

All senate and federation faculty members are invited to attend the May 17th Joint Senate/Administration sponsored retreat to discuss the role of online education at UC Davis. The retreat will be held on Friday May 17, 2013 at the ARC Pavilion from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Lunch will be provided.

If you are interested, please email Lien Sanchez at no later than May 3, 2013 by 5:00 p.m. Additional information with an agenda for the event will be sent to registrants.

For more information, read the formal invitation from Provost Ralph Hexter and Academic Senate Chair Bruno Nachtergaele:

The subject of online education is drawing much interest in higher education circles, state politics and popular media.  There are many views about the appropriate role of technology in pedagogy.  We also know that in addition to great interest, many faculty already employ technology in their teaching in a variety of creative ways.   These factors have led us to the decision to jointly host a retreat to explore this important topic.

The goal of the retreat is to gather faculty, graduate students and administrators with demonstrated interest together to hear, educate, interact and frame a work plan for addressing the future of online education at UC Davis.  Department Chairs and the Graduate Student Association are being asked to nominate graduate student participants who are using online technology in their teaching or have demonstrated interest in this approach.

We plan to hear from UC Davis faculty who are implementing technology in the classroom to learn about the challenges and opportunities presented by such technology.  Break-out sessions will enable smaller group discussion about what participants see as the benefits and downsides of these examples, and begin to articulate goals for online education at UC Davis.  The retreat will provide opportunities for participants to learn more about particular aspects of online education from faculty and staff experts.  Participants will also engage in discussions about where and how UC Davis could/should invest in this area.  We hope that by end of the day, we will have a better sense of the issues, opportunities and challenges, and thus be able to inform a plan of action that best meets the needs of the Davis campus.

Thank you; we look forward to your participation in this important campus dialog.

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