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DELTA Teaching Forum will explore educational innovations, challenges, and solutions

May 1 event will include a discussion about teaching in the age of ChatGPT, a keynote address by MacArthur Fellow Safiya Noble, and a conversation with BSO Music Director Designate Jonathon Heyward; DELTA grant proposals to support digital education solutions due by May 31

The Provost's DELTA Teaching Forum, an annual spring event intended to bring the Johns Hopkins community together to discuss teaching strategies, resources, and innovations used across the university, will take place on Monday, May 1, with options to participate virtually or in-person on the university's Homewood campus.

The program will include an opening keynote speaker, Hopkins experts discussing teaching in the age of ChatGPT and other chatbots, and a conversation among students about how instructors can best support their learning.

Online registration is now open for the event, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Hodson Hall. Attendees can also join online as all sessions will be livestreamed.

"Johns Hopkins faculty and staff are recognized leaders for innovative teaching, from the Bloomberg School faculty's Data Science Specialization on Coursera to Peabody's work in developing Open Education Resources to the Johns Hopkins' Teaching Academy's leadership in training graduate students around the country," said Stephen Gange, professor and executive vice provost for academic affairs. "The DELTA Teaching Forum is a day for us to come together to learn from and be inspired by one another."

Opening keynote remarks will be delivered by Safiya Noble, a 2021 MacArthur Fellow and author of the critically acclaimed Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. Noble is an associate professor of gender studies and African American studies at UCLA, where she co-founded the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry.

The event also features a conversation with Jonathon Heyward, music director designate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, one of the world's most promising and exciting young conductors. Heyward will be interviewed by Andrew Kipe, assistant dean of performance activities at the Peabody Institute.

A full agenda, including details on breakout sessions, is available at https://ctei.jhu.edu/provost-delta/2023.

Additionally, the provost's DELTA initiative—short for Digital Education and Learning Technology Acceleration—is offering grants of up to $75,000 for students, faculty, and staff seeking funding to develop digital education initiatives with the potential to demonstrably enhance the online and on-campus teaching and learning experience at Johns Hopkins. Proposals are due by May 31; more details are available online.

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