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Miami campuses receive learning network grants

Two faculty teams at Miami and one at Miami Middletown are among those at 14 Ohio colleges and universities receiving help with teaching techniques thanks to the Ohio Learning Network (OLN).

OLN awarded $20,000 to each of 21 new and continuing learning communities. A learning community is a group of eight to 10 faculty members focused on the teaching profession, collaboration and approaches to common challenges.

“The beauty of the learning community is watching the faculty from all different disciplines bond and then put all their combined intellect together toward exploring this common interest,” said Gail Johnson, manager of Miami’s Teaching Technologies Center.

The main goals of the 2004-2005 Learning Communities Initiative are: 1) support high-quality learning for Ohio students by increasing faculty use of technology; and 2) develop free digital resources, created by each community, to be shared statewide.

Other campuses receiving grants include Bowling Green State University, Capital University, Hiram College, Hocking College, Kent State University (4)*, Lorain County Community College, Ohio State University (3)*, Owens State Community College, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Toledo, Ursuline College and Youngstown State University.

All 21 learning communities will meet to share resources, showcase successes and hear expert speakers at several statewide events over the next year.

Visit this link for more detailed project descriptions: www.oln.org/teaching_and_learning/learning_
communities/documents/04-05LCISummaries.pdf.

OLN is a consortium of 64 public and independent colleges and universities in Ohio and is an initiative of the Ohio Board of Regents.

* Multiple communities at a single institution.

Date Published: 06/03/2004
Volume: 23   Number: 37

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