Registration now open for annual DELTA Teaching Forum, to be held May 2

Hybrid event will include a discussion of the forces transforming higher education, performances by Peabody faculty and students, and a closing keynote about how universities can collaborate with surrounding communities

The 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 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, with options to participate virtually via livestream or in-person in Hodson Hall on the Homewood campus. Registration for the event is now open.

The event will kick off with an opening keynote by Arthur Levine, president emeritus of Columbia University's Teachers College and author of The Great Upheaval: Higher Education's Past, Present, and Uncertain Future, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

The day will continue with breakout sessions highlighting teaching innovations from around the university and a special plenary session by Peabody faculty and students that brings together three distinct artistic practices: guitar, hip hop, and dance. After their performance, guitar professor Zane Forshee, dance professor danah bella, and music engineering and technology associate professor Wendel Patrick will lead a discussion about the opportunities and challenges presented by collaboration across disciplines and about how arts innovation informs their teaching.

The day will conclude with a closing keynote by Nicole King of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. King's talk is titled "The University in the Neighborhood: Research and Teaching with the Community in Baltimore."

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.

Winners of last year's DELTA grants will present their work at the May 2 forum.

"We are excited to continue sponsorship of DELTA to support faculty who are seeking innovative approaches to engage, challenge, and mentor students. Each corner of our university brims with creative teaching and transformative learning experiences," said Stephen Gange, professor and executive vice provost. "Moreover, we are pleased to continue support of the DELTA Teaching Forum that provides a unique, universitywide opportunity for committed educational pioneers to network, share inspiration, and learn from each other's experiences."