We are looking for new Working Groups to fund!

The RIOS Institute invites proposals for Working Groups that will function as innovation sandboxes or think tank incubators. Accepted proposals will receive a $2000 budget. Participants will bring new ideas and address challenges as they develop a tangible product aligned with the RIOS mission. Proposals are due by October 17th 2022. Go here to submit your Working Group proposal.

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We are excited to invite you to a new community of learning exploring Open Pedagogy in STEM.

Participants in this Learning Community will explore and discuss benefits, actionable strategies, and challenges to implementing Open Pedagogy, including socially-just pedagogical approaches. Pre-session work and session mini-workshops and discussions will focus on exploring Open pedagogy attributes where we create learning spaces that include (but not limited to): creating a community where all…

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We are excited to announce our second learning community for this Fall: Difficult dialogues of social inequities in STEM classrooms

We are inviting applications to participate in a 5-session Learning Community series led by Desiree Forsythe and Meg Jones in which participants will engage in discussions, short readings and mini-workshops to explore Difficult dialogues of social inequities in STEM classrooms. Instructors engaging students in diverse STEM content should possess the…

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We are excited to announce our second learning community for this Fall: Difficult dialogues of social inequities in STEM classrooms

We are inviting applications to participate in a 5-session Learning Community series led by Desiree Forsythe and Meg Jones in which participants will engage in discussions, short readings and mini-workshops to explore Difficult dialogues of social inequities in STEM classrooms. Instructors engaging students in diverse STEM content should possess the language and tools to enact difficult dialogues. It is simply not enough to provide instructors with diversified STEM course materials, it is also important for the instructors themselves to be comfortable with the scholarship pertaining to marginalization as it provides the appropriate framing and contextualization for those materials. In this learning community, we explore the basis of, and need for, dialogic approaches and, using STEM content, demonstrate ways in which students and instructors can experience formative examples of equity-minded discourse and practice. Each meeting we will prepare for and engage in deep discussions and explore implementation strategies around topics listed below. We expect participants will be able to attend and engage in all sessions. Please note that participation in this learning community may be limited depending on the number of applicants. 

Meeting times: 9:00 - 10:30 AM (PST)

Meeting dates: Oct 12, Oct 26, Nov 9, Nov 23, Dec 7

Application is due Oct 3rd

We are excited to invite you to a new community of learning exploring Open Pedagogy in STEM.

Participants in this Learning Community will explore and discuss benefits, actionable strategies, and challenges to implementing Open Pedagogy, including socially-just pedagogical approaches. Pre-session work and session mini-workshops and discussions will focus on exploring Open pedagogy attributes where we create learning spaces that include (but not limited to): creating a community where all voices are valued, providing opportunities for autonomy and agency, fostering collaboration both within and outside the learning space, promoting a  culture of peer-review, and encouraging reflective practice.

This 6-week Learning Community series is facilitated by Dr. Carlos Goller and Dr. Melanie Lenahan and supported by Dr. Kaitlin Bonner (on behalf of the RIOS Institute). Shared discussions, implementation strategies, and resources from these sessions will be used to build and create new curated materials to provide you success strategies as you move beyond this workshop. In the true spirit of Open, registration to participate in this Learning Community is free and all are welcome to join. However, registration is required to ensure that you have access to all of the session materials and resources.

  • Meeting times: Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30 pm (EST) on Zoom

  • Dates: October 5th - November 9th. 

  • Registration is due by October 3rd.  (Register here: https://forms.gle/TBKVvTSkkPXJiavm6)

We are looking for new Working Groups to fund!

The RIOS Institute invites proposals for Working Groups that will function as innovation sandboxes or think tank incubators. Accepted proposals will receive a $2000 budget. Participants will bring new ideas and address challenges as they develop a tangible product aligned with the RIOS mission. Proposals are due by October 17th 2022. Go here to submit your Working Group proposal.

For more information, see the full call here, or contact Dr. Karen Cangialosi (kcangial@oeglobal.org)

UPDATE with Registration Links: Join RIOS Leadership at "Critical, Socially Just, and Open Pedagogies in STEM" @ Equity Unbound's Mid-Year Festival 2022

This workshop series is co-sponsored by RIOS & Equity Unbound, and led by two of our leadership Dr. Karen Cangialosi & Dr. Bryan Dewsbury! It will explore why and how we can improve STEM students' experiences and learning by transforming curricular materials and teaching practices to be anti-racist, socially-just, learner-centered, and open. Asynchronous readings and discussion questions have just been posted, so you can get started already!

To register for the sessions, see this page: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PmEpP5mO8U0E0DKj_h7oYL8Z0q2k5J3LSo0HpZqg2JI/edit?usp=sharing

There is a different one for each day: (Aug 1, Aug 3, and Aug 4)

#MYFest22 is open from June-August 2022, with a variety of events within that duration. This workshop will be offered in three sessions, from August 1st to the 3rd. Registration for August costs $100 and includes all of the events in the chosen month, or you can register for the entire festival for $250. Institutional group rates and full (100%) support for those without funding is available by contacting the organizers.

To learn more about the event, see MYFest22's website here: https://myfest.equityunbound.org/theme-stream/critical-pedagogy/critical-socially-just-pedagogies-in-stem/

Contribute to making every step of the grant cycle more equitable, transparent, and inclusive!

We are excited to share a call for comments and suggestions for the Open Research Funders Group (ORFG)'s new project, the Open & Equitable Model Funding Program!

This program is a series of guides and sample documents for each step of the grant process--from funding call all the way to sharing research findings--that provide useful language, examples, and specific interventions. The ORFG is currently looking for community feedback--including both comments on the current text, and relevant resources, case studies, good practices, and lived or observed experiences!

As members of the RIOS community, many of us have already been thinking about these ideas, so pitch in! You can contribute by commenting directly on each guide, as they are Google Docs (click "read more" on the main page), or via email. All contributors will be acknowledged (unless you would like to contribute anonymously, which is also OK)!

 

Two Opportunities to Learn from RIOS Leadership this Summer!

We are excited to share these two upcoming events. We look forward to see you all there!

"Creating a Socially Just Open Education " @ Open Education Network Summit 2022

Dr. Jasmine Roberts-Crews, RIOS' Communication Fellow, will be addressing what a "socially just open education" means, why it is so important, and how we can begin to work towards that goal.

#OENSUMMIT22 runs from July 25-29th; Dr. Roberts' Crews talk is on July 26th. Registration is free, and open until July 8th. To view the full event schedule and register, see OEN's website here: https://open.umn.edu/oen/summit

"Critical, Socially Just, and Open Pedagogies in STEM" @ Equity Unbound's Mid-Year Festival 2022

This workshop series is co-sponsored by RIOS & Equity Unbound, and led by two of our leadership Dr. Karen Cangialosi & Dr. Bryan Dewsbury! It will explore why and how we can improve STEM students' experiences and learning by transforming curricular materials and teaching practices to be anti-racist, socially-just, learner-centered, and open.

#MYFest22 is open from June-August 2022, with a variety of events within that duration. This workshop will be offered in three sessions, from August 1st to the 3rd. Registration for August costs $100 and includes all of the events in the chosen month, or you can register for the entire festival for $250. Institutional group rates and full (100%) support for those without funding is available by contacting the organizers. To learn more and register, see MYFest22's website here: https://myfest.equityunbound.org/theme-stream/critical-pedagogy/critical-socially-just-pedagogies-in-stem/

Take part in one of our new Working Groups!

Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) is recruiting faculty for their new Working Group, funded by RIOS. Participants will join short-term project to improve the ASCCC OERI’s IDEA Framework! This framework provides tools for faculty to choose and improve existing OER for their courses.

Participants must be faculty (part-time or full-time) in a STEM field at a college or university. Faculty who teach a STEM-oriented course or courses within a non-STEM discipline will also be considered (e.g., physical anthropology). The project will take place during the May, June, and July. Participants will receive an honorarium of $1,000 for their work.

To learn more about this Working Group and apply, visit ASCC OERI's site: https://asccc-oeri.org/asccc-oeri-faculty-stem-recruitment-for-idea-framework-workgroup/

Deadline to apply is 5pm April 25th, 2022.

Check out our four new RIOS Working Groups for Spring 2022!

We are thrilled to share this round of funded Working Groups! The new projects are:

  • Broadening Representation and Recognition in STEM curricula with OERs (proposed by Dr. Marja Bakermans)
  • The Inner Landscape of Critical Thinking: Building Learning Ecosystems for STEM Students’ Wicked Competencies (proposed by Dr. Mays Imad)
  • A Culturally Responsive Instructor Training Curriculum (proposed by Elizabeth Besozzi)
  • Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) OER Initiative: The IDEA Framework (proposed by Dr. Michelle Pilati)

To learn more about each group's focus, read our latest on the RIOS News blog!

In addition, Dr. Pilati is currently looking for additional participants for their Working Group; if you are interested, please reach out to them at mpilati@asccc.org!

To keep up to date with findings from this year’s Working Groups, as well as future opportunities, be sure to join RIOS and follow us on Twitter!

Announcing our second Spring 2022 Learning Community: Difficult dialogues of social inequities in STEM classrooms

Summary: Join us for a new, 5-session, Learning Community on "Difficult dialogues of social inequities in STEM classrooms." We will explore the need and successful strategies for students and instructors to discuss scholarship about marginalization within STEM courses. The learning community will meet from April 6 - May 31 on Zoom. Register here: https://forms.gle/EeWjEGhXjwZFaBwf6


Details:

Please join us for a 5-session Learning Community series led by Dr. Bryan Dewsbury and Dr. Desiree Forsythe in which participants will engage in discussions, short readings and mini-workshops to explore difficult dialogues of social inequities in STEM classrooms.

Instructors engaging students in diverse STEM content should possess the language and tools to enact difficult dialogues. It is critical for these instructors to be intellectually and emotionally ready to enact that facilitation. Put differently, it is simply not enough to provide instructors with diversified STEM course materials, it is also important for the instructors themselves to be comfortable with the scholarship pertaining to marginalization as it provides the appropriate framing and contextualization for those materials. In this learning community, we explore the basis of, and need for, dialogic approaches and, using STEM content, demonstrate ways in which students and instructors can experience formative examples of equity-minded discourse and practice.

Please see the dates, times, and topics for the Learning Community below:

  •     April 6th 3:00 - 4:30 PM (EST): Introduction to Power and Privilege
  •     April 18th - 1:30 - 3:00 PM (EST): Difficult Dialogues
  •     May 4th - 2:30 - 4:00 PM (EST): Sex and Gender
  •     May 16th - 12:00 - 1:30 PM (EST): Setting the Environment in the Classroom
  •     May 31st - 2:30 - 4:00 PM (EST): Deliverable Session

Please complete the short registration form: https://forms.gle/EeWjEGhXjwZFaBwf6

More details can be found on our Learning Community page: https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/rios_sj_stem_ed_lc_s2022

For questions about logistics, contact Kaitlin Bonner (kbonner@sjfc.edu) who is the RIOS support member for this project.

Remember to join RIOS to stay updated on this and future Learning Community opportunities!

Join our new Open Ed Learning Community (Spring 2022)!

Summary: Join us for a new, 6-session, Learning Community on "Open Education Grounded in Social Justice." We will explore how social justice in Open Pedagogy empowers instructors and students in the learning environment. The learning community will meet on Mondays at 4pm (EST) from March 14 - April 18 on Zoom. Register here: https://forms.gle/N92uMu5UgKuA4osh9


Details:

Please join us for a 6-session Learning Community series led by Dr. Carlos Goller (North Carolina State University) and Dr. Melanie Lenahan (Raritan Valley Community College) in which participants will engage in discussions, short readings and mini-workshops to explore basic tools for Open Education Practices. This learning community is designed for anyone interested in exploring, creating, and/or implementing a STEM curriculum through Open Science and Open Pedagogy. We encourage all to engage, including faculty, instructors, librarians, instructional technologists and designers, and organizational leaders, as well as policy makers and funders who want to learn more about the connections between open science and open education. Shared discussions and resources from these sessions will be used to build and create new curated materials to provide you success strategies as you move beyond this workshop.

The learning community will meet on Mondays at 4pm (EST) from March 14 - April 18 on Zoom

If you are interested in participating, please complete our short registration survey: https://forms.gle/N92uMu5UgKuA4osh9

More details can be found on our Learning Community page: https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/rioslcopeneds2022

For questions about logistics, contact Kaitlin Bonner (kbonner@sjfc.edu) who is the RIOS support member for this project.

Remember to join RIOS to stay updated on this and future Learning Community opportunities!