Since March 2020, the Kirwan Center has been assessing the USM institutions’ needs in order to make a successful pivot to more effective online learning. USM OnTrack is responding to the identified needs generated by the immediate COVID-19 crisis with a variety of direct supports to the campuses.
University System of Maryland Receives Federal Grant to Examine the Role of Academic Libraries and Consortia in Increasing the Relevance of Open Educational Materials
The University System of Maryland (USM) has received a two-year planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency charged with advancing, supporting, and empowering America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.
The William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation at the University System of Maryland (USM) welcomes Dr. Kelly Elkins of Towson University as a Senior Fellow, to lead system support of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). This will include working with an inaugural cohort of faculty selected as 2023-24 Elkins SoTL Fellows from across five USM institutions.
The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2023 OER Grant Programs: 2023 Faculty OER Mini-Grants and 2023 Institutional OER Grants.
In Fall 2021, the Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation proposed developing a Systemwide IRB protocol for USM faculty who wish to engage in common types of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research projects that pose minimal risk to participants.
The Kirwan Center is pleased to announce the release of Silver Linings: Lessons Learned from Teaching during the Pandemic. Featuring faculty and administrator reflections on the challenges, triumphs, lessons learned, and new instructional approaches as a result of teaching through, and since, the pandemic.
Resource Guide for Making an Accessible Classroom
This resource guide was created for USM institutions in support of the digital accessibility goals. For more information or resources, please contact the MDOD IT Access Initiative via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or via their website mdod.maryland.gov.
The William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation has been collaborating with the National Federation of the Blind for several years to support digital accessibility efforts across the System. We are excited to announce that we are now collaborating to co-host an upcoming meeting to discuss how to build support for faculty around digital accessibility for learning on Thursday, September 29 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the National Federation of Blind’s offices in Baltimore.
The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2022 OER Grant Programs: 2022 Faculty OER Mini-Grants and 2022 Institutional OER Grants.
In collaboration with a working group of Interprofessional Education leaders from 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities across Maryland, the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation and the University of Maryland, Baltimore Center for Interprofessional Education are leading the first phase (18 months) of a statewide project aimed at increasing the availability, quality, and visibility of Interprofessional Education (IPE) in health care academic programs through digital badging.