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Virtual Collaboration Resources

May 15, 2020, @ 4:00 PM

Shifting to online learning, teaching, and working creates; however, it fails to inhibit collaboration. LVAIC continues to provide numerous resources and programming to further the work of member campuses.

Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice are the foundation of LVAIC’s collaboration and innovation across the member campuses. As many as 70 groups of LVAIC faculty and administrators gather formally or informally for professional development, best practice sharing, advancement of initiatives, and development of programs. Through their purpose-driven cooperation, LVAIC Communities of Practice enable educational, operational, and fiscal advantages that are oftentimes exclusive to larger-scaled institutions. Get started by gathering a group of peers and contact the LVAIC office for support in doing so.

Cost Savings Initiatives

In this time of economic uncertainty, finding ways to save money is essential. These savings can be directed back into programs, necessary supplies, and most importantly, payroll. Here are ways you can directly impact cost savings at your institution. LVAIC is here to help you with any of these options. Further, LVAIC supports several contracted vendors and preferred suppliers. These price-sourced organizations maximize financial resources for many departments.

Shared Library Services

Although the library courier service is currently suspended, shared digital collections and e-brary resources are still options. Visit your home campus library website for more information regarding accessing online library resources from member libraries and other online researching tools.

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is available for faculty, staff, or students seeking high quality, peer-reviewed, web-based educational courses in research, ethics, regulatory oversight, responsible conduct of research, research administration, and more. Those interested in accessing the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) information for member campuses, please visit the login page or register for an account here. Under “Select Your Organization Affiliation,” select “Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges.” Set up your account using your campus e-mail address.

Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning

Through its numerous conferences and symposia, LVAIC has compiled several resources for faculty teaching online courses. Visit the Faculty Development page of the LVAIC website to learn more and access these tools, including digital resources shared in the LVAIC Cook Book series, guides for teaching through Zoom, and resources for teaching different types of courses beyond typical lectures.

Community-Based Research Reports

The Lehigh Valley Research Consortium combines the expertise of researchers from institutions of higher education and community partners in the Lehigh Valley to examine various issues (e.g., political, economic, social, health and environmental) and solutions in a regional context. Through its efforts, the LVRC functions as a community-based information resource for Lehigh Valley governments, non-profits, and citizens concerned with the overall quality of life in the region. The publicly-available data reports are available on this searchable database on the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium’s website.

Academic Department Chair Resources

LVAIC’s recent professional development session for Academic Chairs and Program Directors focused on learning how to enhance your department through effective hiring and application of the principles of shared governance. The Shared Governance and Academic Hiring presentation is available here. The Behavioral Interviewing presentation is available here.

Facing Higher Education’s Future Learning Series Development Materials

To commemorate 50 years of collaboration, the LVAIC is launched a year-long learning series for our campuses. As a community, we explored key topics relating to the shifting landscape of higher education. This program included presentations on the following topics:

The presentations, recordings, and all followup materials from each program are available on the respective website pages. For more information regarding this series, visit the LVAIC 50th Anniversary website.

As LVAIC continues to work to further collaboration, further resources will be made available on the LVAIC website. The LVAIC staff seeks to advance the priorities of member campuses, and will promote these strategic initiatives.

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