What are Working Groups?

Working Groups can be convened by the RIOS Leadership team or proposed by RIOS community members to tackle a shared community challenge. These groups will function as innovation sandboxes or think tank incubators. In either of these formats, participants will bring new ideas and address challenges as they develop a tangible product by the end of the project period.

RIOS Working Group participants are active researchers and co-authors working together towards the construction of new knowledge (such as synthesis, pilot research, or translational work) to be disseminated in some way for the RIOS membership (such as through a white paper that may form the basis of a grant, a webinar, and/or a set of informational documents). To support this work, we offer funding for participant support, facilitator honoraria, and/or consultants. Working Groups are intended to meet regularly (weekly or biweekly) for no more than 3 months. Working Group leaders will be mentored and supported by a RIOS team member.


We are currently accepting proposals for new Working Groups!

These groups receive a $2000 budget to develop a tangible product aligned with the RIOS mission. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis until Feb 15th, 2022. For more details, and to apply, see the full call for proposals.


Previous RIOS Working Groups

Tagging Ontologies Working Group (Summer 2021)

This group’s participants explored possibilities for metadata systems which support inclusive and anti-racist Open Education Resources (OER). How we design our OER databases, search functions, and other systems sends a message to the community about what we value pedagogically. The working group focused in part on how systems of labeling and searching (“tagging”) OER can encourage anti-racist and decolonizing curriculum submissions in postsecondary STEM education. At the end of the working group period, the team produced a one-pager that became the basis of a full NSF grant. Following the conclusion of the working group, several group members, along with a few new individuals with additional expertise, finalized and submitted the grant.