Direct Support to Campuses

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.

Inaugural Cohort of Faculty from Five USM Institutions Named SOTL Fellows

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.

Supporting Digital Accessibility for Learning

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.

Interprofessional Education (IPE) Digital Badging Project

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.