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Reimagining Innovation in STEM Education (RISE) Workshop Series

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As part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Convergence Accelerator (CA) program, IBM Researchers are hosting a series of workshops titled “Reimagining Innovation in STEM Education” (RISE). The workshops will bring together practitioners from various public and private institutions including institutions of secondary and higher education, industrial and academic research organizations, social justice organizations, government agencies, tech companies and startups, along with current college students to focus on a convergence approach in discussing and addressing four key areas: (1) support for advancement of underrepresented groups in STEM, (2) social and human good research foundations, (3) AI and technology supported education, and (4) data trust development. 

The workshops are designed to explore each topic and identify the actions needed to inform the next decade of STEM education and research efforts. Installments are scheduled for May 25, May 27, June 3, and June 8, 2021 from 1:00-4:30 pm ET.

New ATE Impacts Book: Project Nominations Wanted

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Work is beginning on the next ATE Impacts book, which will be published next February. The book features both ATE centers and select ATE projects, and we would appreciate your help in finding projects that have been doing particularly interesting and innovative work, to feature in the new book. (You can nominate your own project.)

You can see some of the projects that were included in the 2020-2021 edition here: ateimpacts.net/flipbook/20/

To nominate a project to be featured, please use the following form: www.research.net/r/projectnominations

For those of you involved with an ATE center, please note that you will be hearing from our project coordinator Ray Perry soon, as we start collecting your information for the next edition.

Input from the community is key to making the book successful, and we look forward to your project nominations and participation as we put together the new publication. 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your help with this!

AccessATE Tip Sheet: Creating Accessible Presentations

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During the pandemic, those of us in the ATE community find ourselves needing to give a lot of these presentations online, which adds its own set of technical challenges on top of those we already face when we present. Regardless of the content or platform, it’s important that our efforts be made accessible, in order to reach as many people as possible. This helpful tip sheet from the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) and AccessATE offers guidance on creating accessible presentations.

This tip sheet covers accessibility in the process of crafting presentations, as well as delivering talks and best practices for accessibility following the event. To find additional resources that will help your team ensure accessibility, read the AccessATE blog post on Creating Accessible Presentations.

AccessATE supports the work of the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers in making the materials and activities they develop more accessible for all students and faculty, including those with disabilities. The project aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility requirements and provide guidance, tools, and support that offers solutions...

The National Center for Supply Chain Automation Annual Symposium

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The National Center for Supply Chain Automation (NCSCA) 4th Annual Virtual Symposium on April 28-29, 2021, offers a valuable, collaborative, online networking opportunity for supply chain automation educators and industry leaders.

As an educator of the next generation of the supply chain workforce, staying apprised of the latest technologies in supply chain automation (SCA) is critical to your role. From artificial intelligence to blockchain to mechatronics, SCA is a constantly changing field in which certifications, technical degree programs, and continuing education are necessary to keep up with the pace of technology. SCA’s virtual symposium is an excellent avenue to supply educators with opportunities for online interaction with peers and industry experts who are on the cutting edge of future advances.

Those interested in participating should register to attend.

NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence Conference 2021

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NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence will be taking place virtually between April 28-30, 2021.

The event will feature keynote presentations from Dr. Martha Kanter, Senior Fellow at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy and leader of College Promise; Dr. Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher,  Professor of Higher Education and Community College Leadership and the Director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Patrick Methvin, director of Postsecondary Success in the United States Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The preliminary schedule can be found on the conference website. Those interested in participating in the conference should register to attend.

NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.

AccessATE Tip Sheet: Creating Accessible PDFs

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From project proposals, to instructional materials, to recruiting resources, PDF documents are plentiful across the ATE Community. It’s vital to ensure that the documents we produce are accessible to as many users as possible. This not only helps widen our reach, but can even improve the experience for users without disabilities. Make your PDF documents accessible by design with the Creating Accessible PDFs tip sheet from AccessATE and NCAM.

This tip sheet covers accessible PDF structure, navigating Adobe Acrobat, and more! To find additional resources that will help your team ensure accessibility, read the AccessATE blog post about the Creating Accessible PDFs tip sheet.

AccessATE supports the work of the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers in making the materials and activities they develop more accessible for all students and faculty, including those with disabilities. The project aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility requirements and provide guidance, tools, and support that offers solutions and helps achieve compliance with accessibility standards.

AccessATE Tip Sheet: Creating Accessible Websites

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The quantity and quality of online content is ever-increasing in most areas, including education. Taking extra steps to ensure your website and webpages are accessible, as this tip sheet on Creating Accessible Websites from AccessATE and NCAM describes, can make your content stand out and get it used more often by more people.

This tip sheet covers how to use headings to keep your website organized, tips for writing descriptive link text and button labels, testing websites for accessibility, and more! The sheet also links to additional resources that will help your team ensure accessibility. To learn more, read the AccessATE blog post about the Creating Accessible Websites tip sheet.

AccessATE supports the work of the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers in making the materials and activities they develop more accessible for all students and faculty, including those with disabilities. The project aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility requirements and provide guidance, tools, and support that offers solutions and helps achieve compliance with accessibility standards.

CA2VES Webinar Recording: Fundamentals of Qualitative Research

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This webinar, which took place on March 17, 2021 guides viewers through the essential topics in qualitative research. This includes the definition of qualitative research and the most common methods and analysis techniques. This webinar is intended to provide an introduction for researchers new to qualitative research. Those interested in viewing the webinar recording can find it on the CA2VES Webinar Series page, along with other past webinar videos.

AccessATE Tip Sheet: Creating Accessible Videos

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We use videos in so many ways in the ATE community; as part of classroom and lab instruction, for recruiting students, and as part of our outreach efforts to various stakeholders. And as we all use Zoom and other online platforms for meetings and conferences, we often record those events, creating more recorded video content. So how do we ensure that everyone can utilize this great content? By considering accessibility from the beginning, which is what this helpful tip sheet from the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) and AccessATE is all about!

This tip sheet covers best practices for creating accessible videos, from captioning to creating descriptive narration to selecting accessible video players. The tip sheet also includes links to related resources. To learn more, read the AccessATE blog post about the Creating Accessible Videos tip sheet.

AccessATE supports the work of the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers in making the materials and activities they develop more accessible for all students and faculty, including those with disabilities. The project aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility...

Second-Chance Mentoring Available

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Community college faculty who have had ATE project proposals declined during the past 24 months are eligible for help from Mentor-Connect’s  Second-Chance Mentoring to re-apply for funding. Second-Chance Mentoring provides faculty teams with advice from an experienced mentor to rework and resubmit ATE grant proposals.

The application deadline is April 1. But Mentor-Connect responds within days to Second-Chance Mentoring applications so work with a mentor can begin ASAP.

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