Partners@QUBES Leadership Summit Brings Community Together
On December 14, QUBES Hub hosted its first Partners@QUBES Leadership Summit, which brought together over 40 leaders from our current and potential partner organizations to meet and learn more about each other’s work and to discuss common challenges.
The participants represented the broad spectrum of projects that are supported by QUBES--from projects funded through RCN-UBE and IUSE awards to networks and communities, large and small, that use QUBES as their hub and workspace. The goal of the event was to strengthen the community and to celebrate the accomplishments of our partners, as well as to make QUBES’ role more visible.
Breakout session topics included incorporating research on equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM education; building online community; getting curriculum into classrooms; getting faculty to contribute open educational resources; and supporting faculty teaching quantitative skills.
Before the summit, participants submitted introductions, videos, and posters that oriented the group to their roles and projects. Anna Monfils, Professor at Central Michigan University and PI for the RCN-UBE BLUE (Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education) wrote that “QUBES has been an amazing partner and really helped BLUE reach a broad audience. QUBES helped us build FMNs [Faculty Mentoring Networks], encouraged our engagement in the BioQUEST Summer Institutes, assisted members to publish OER [Open Educational Resources] materials, and ran programming that has helped us learn about education resources, UDL [Universal Design for Learning], OER, etc.”
Kaitlin Bonner, Associate Professor at St. John Fisher College, facilitator and participant of multiple FMNs, and member of the SCORE team, wrote, “I feel so fortunate that I have met so many brilliant and inspiring educators through QUBES. I am so very grateful for the colleagues and collaborations that have begun here.”
The QUBES leadership team hopes to continue fostering new collaborations and relationships through our cyberinfrastructure, faculty development programming, and community outreach. To learn more about some of our current partners, check out the videos and posters from the summit here.
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Want to learn more about the great work being done by some of the participants in the summer with support from the Hewlett Foundation? Please join us for a presentation and celebration of the SCORE Network Collaborative Pilot Projects program. With support from Hewlett Foundation, the Collaborative Pilot Projects program provided funding to spur collaboration among projects to develop sustainable solutions to issues pertinent to many projects, including, but not limited to: 1) balancing a commitment to freely available education resources and professional development with the demands to stay relevant, 2) closing the OER lifecycle, 3) bridging disciplinary conversations with institutional conversations, and 4) ensuring financial sustainability.
Project leaders will present results of their mini-grants and lessons learned, which we hope will help promote and guide further collaboration among project leaders.
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