The Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) is planning a University-wide symposium designed to engage faculty and students in dialogue and debate, while sharing ideas and information about pedagogical innovation.The conference on Feb. 3 will bring together members of the Harvard community with leading scholars and teachers from both the University and beyond its gates to share their perspectives on teaching and learning in higher education. The session will be held in Harvard’s Northwest Science Building.Developed as part of a $40 million gift from Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, the event aims to stimulate discussion around evidence-based innovation in education. Sessions will pose key questions and offer perspectives aimed at helping to inform future pedagogies; to showcase novel, inventive, or exceptional approaches to teaching; and to forge connections across the University and beyond. Organizers hope that participants will, in effect, become students during the daylong symposium, learning new teaching techniques and strategies that they can use in their classrooms and share with colleagues.“We will provide the means and encouragement to faculty to teach in new, exciting ways,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “We will embrace opportunities to harness technology. We will support a cycle of creativity and renewal by evaluating methods and courses and programs, by experimenting and letting ourselves fail in some instances so that we can be bold enough to succeed in others.”A series of interactive breakout sessions will highlight improved learning through innovation in practice. There will be three keynote discussions, including “The Science of Learning,” “Innovation in Higher Education,” and “Looking to the Future.”Participants include Steven Pinker, the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology and Harvard College Professor; John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and faculty co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society; and Harvard Provost Alan Garber.Simultaneously, HILT will sponsor a resource fair open to the Harvard community. The fair, located in the Northwest Building’s garden level, will feature representatives from the University’s teaching and learning centers, related interfaculty initiatives, academic technology resources, museums, and libraries.Seating for the event is limited. Faculty, students, and staff interested in attending can apply for tickets. Segments of the symposium will also be streamed live from 8:15 to 10 a.m. and from 10:30 to noon at www.harvard.edu/livestream.The Hausers’ gift launched the initiative in October and is meant to serve as a catalyst for transforming students’ educational experience. The fund enables the University to marshal its considerable intellectual resources to engage a new generation of students with pioneering teaching practices, building on the long history of educational reform at Harvard.See more information on the Hauser gift and the initiative.
continue reading » CUNA generally supports NCUA’s proposed changes to appeals procedures, as it would provide more uniform board appeals procedures across NCUA regulations allowing for informal appeals to the board. CUNA responded Monday to both proposed rules, issued by NCUA at its May board meeting.The proposed changes to the appeals process would adopt procedures governing appeals to the board that would apply to agency regulations that currently have their own embedded appeals provisions. The procedures apply in cases in which a decision rendered by a regional director or other program office director is subject to appeal to the board.“CUNA generally supports the proposed appeal procedures rule as it would provide more uniform board appeals procedures across NCUA regulations that allow for informal appeals to the NCUA’s board,” the letter reads. “We agree that the proposed procedures will result in greater efficiency, consistency, and better understanding by credit unions of the way in which matters under the covered regulations may be appealed to the NCUA board.” 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Like all who are playing in today’s quarter finals, Nigeria’s Men’s top seed Michael Moses is eyeing the ultimate trophy for the McDan Open West Africa Tournament.Moses displayed strength when he overcame a challenge from Cote d’Ivoires Kulibali Frederick 6-4, 6-1.The Ivorian was looking good for the first three games but was halted in the fourth by Moses who is ranked 1045 by the ATP.He used strong forehand stroke and returning volleys to win the first set. The second was easier for the Nigerian as he took over after the first game and neutralized Kulibabali’s fight back strategy. Moses is full of confidence as he goes up against Ghana’s Eric Tetteh Nartey later today.In an interview with Joy Sports after the win Moses said he has his eyes on the trophy. “I want to win the trophy and the money. The tournament is good. From the players around and the people organizing the tournament. Everything is good and I like the weather. Every time I play, I feel good,” he added. The men’s winner is expected to take home 1000 US dollars, a trophy, assorted beverages from Twellium Industries, producers of Rush Energy Drink and a full kit set from Babolat.In other games, Ghana’s Wisodm Na-Adjirago is hoping to book a semi final ticket but has Togo’s Katanga John Paul standing in his way.Na-Adjrago who is a gold medalist from the doubles event of the last All Africa Games seems to be one of the persons carrying Ghana’s hopes of making it to Saturday’s final. Ivorian Guillaime Kofi and Ghana’s Benjamin Palm will also square off in yet another game.Many will be observing this game with keen interest considering that Palm ensured an early exit for Japhet Bagerbaseh yesterday.The latter was unable carry on his fight in the fourth game losing the first set 6-4.He lost steam after the third game in set two and lost 6-3 eventually. This has passed so far as the biggest upset of the tournament as Bagerbaseh, one of the highest ranked players of the tournament, won the maiden edition and finished runner-up last year to US-based George Darko. Burkinabe Joel Meda will face Ghana’s Isaac Titriku for one of the four semi final spots in the men’s event.The ladies event also has another Nigerian who seems to be quietly creeping into the final stages.Sarah Adegoke has booked a place in the quarters to face Ghana’s Yvonne Bruce Tagoe after seeing off Lucy Multiby 6-1, 6-1. Kate Coleman will face Ernestina Atiso with the hope of using previous tournament experience to dominate.Coleman, a product of the Winneba Tennis Academy drew a bye in the first round and went ahead to defeat Evelyn Enumwah 6-0 , 6-3 – a clear indication that she was too strong in that game. Antionette Cruikshank who plays Portia Allotey later today, drew byes in both rounds making this her first proper test.It will be interesting to see how she fares against Cruikshank who posted a 6-0, 6-0 win over Rachael Tagoe in the second round.