The Assignment Design Institute
IDEAL hosts an annual assignment design institute wherein participants learn how to create and implement assignments that foster innovation and invite students to engage with broader communities through the use of audio, video, still images, and other technologies. The upcoming institute will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in 1140 Main Library Learning Commons on the University of Iowa campus, and hosts keynote speaker Jon McKenzie, Professor of English and Director of the DesignLab at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His keynote address, titled "DesignLab, Smart Media and Intimate Bureaucracies," will focus on DesignLab's recent projects in smart media and emerging scholarly genres. Professor McKenzie will present several projects, sample assignments, and evaluative frameworks that DesignLab uses to introduce digital media projects to instructors and students across all disciplines. Those who attend the Institute will leave with project ideas for classroom use. Read more here.
The institute is open to faculty and graduate teaching assistants from all disciplines. There is no cost to attend, although pre-registration to the institute is required. Please register here.
Strengthening the Link Between Field and Family
Thursday’s culinary walk kicked off the 13th annual Field to Family Festival, and there is still time for local residents to benefit from learning more about how food gets from the farm to their dinner table. Read more here.
FRIENDS is the only national organization dedicated solely to empowering young people who stutter and their families. Our mission is to provide support and education to children and teens who stutter, their families and clinicians. Read more here.
The UI is pursuing a renewable energy supply strategy that optimizes long-term supply and fuel price stability. As the UI transitions from dependency on fossil fuels and towards their goal of 40% renewable energy consumption on campus by 2020, they have implemented The University of Iowa Biomass Fuel Project. This project seeks to partner with landowners within a 50 mile radius of Iowa City to grow dedicated energy crops. Read more about the Biomass Fuel Project here.