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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

UM launches digital teach-out series focusing on current topics |

Photo: Martin Slagter
"Modeled after the historic teach-ins staged on its Ann Arbor campus more than five decades ago, the University of Michigan is returning to the spirit of that idea with a new Teach-Out Series addressing current relevant national and global topics." inform Martin Slagter, Covers U-M and higher education for MLive's Ann Arbor Hub. 

The new teach-out series was announced Monday evening by UM President Mark Schlissel during an Academic Innovation forum on March 13. Schlissel announced the first four community learning events that are scheduled to be hosted on the edX platform, with the intention of encouraging public discourse about relevant topics.

The topics selected for the first four editions of the teach-out series are as follows:

* Democratic to Authoritarian Rule (March 31)
* Fake News, Facts and Alternative Facts (April 21)
* Reach Out and RELATE: Communicating and Understanding Scientific Research (May 5)
* The Future of Obamacare - Repeal, Repair or Replace? (May 12)

Each of the four offerings will begin on a Friday and run through Sunday. Schlissel said the teach-outs provide the university an opportunity to expand on its Academic Innovation Initiative, which was announced on Oct. 5.

The initiative, among many other things, is aimed at challenging faculty and staff to further embrace digital technology and other innovation in the work they do...

TeachOut Series from The University of Michigan 

Those who have orchestrated the Michigan Teach-Out Series hope to leverage technology to bring a global audience of learners to UM.

"The University of Michigan Teach-Out Series can be a model for a new era of engagement between institutions of higher education and the global communities they serve," said James Hilton, UM vice provost for academic innovation, in a news release. "Part of our public mission is to create opportunities for citizens to be informed, because the more informed people are, the more informed debate can be."
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Source: and edX Channel (YouTube)