Join President Rick Muma, Dr. Teri Hall, Student Affairs vice president, and Dr. Neal Allen — political science associate professor, department chair, undergraduate advisor, and WSU Washington D.C. and Topeka internship coordinator — as they discuss, “Supporting freedom of expression on campus” at noon Aug. 11. The discussion is part of the Academic Resources Conference Aug. 9-12. The focus of the event is how the campus community can support freedom of expression in classes and on campus. A live stream of the event will also be available via YouTube. All staff, instructors and campus partners are invited to attend the August Academic Resources Conference which begins today, Aug. 9 through Aug. 12. The events are free, online and open to the campus community. One event each day this week will be offered in a HyFlex format so you can participate online or in-person 2-2:50 p.m. at Devlin Hall (room 010). Please email the Office of Instructional Resources at OIR@wichita.edu if you require an accommodation to participate. The schedule for Aug. 9 is as follows: Meet Ultra! — 9:00-9:50 a.m.: This session covers what Ultra is, the timeline for rollout and the support available to instructors. Hosted by Brad Katz from Blackboard. Add Meet Ultra to calendar. Join Meet Ultra directly. Curriculum Mapping at the Program Level — 10-10:50 a.m.: This session is designed for department chairs and program directors. The basics of curriculum mapping at the program level will be covered, and there will be a discussion about the ways OIR can assist with the process and an explanation about how the Blackboard Goals tool can help. Presented by Carolyn Speer. Add Curriculum Mapping to calendar. Join Curriculum Mapping directly. Meet the OIR Website — 11-11:50 a.m.: This session will show you what OIR offers and how to locate it. Presented by Carolyn Speer and John Hammer. Add Meet OIR Website to calendar. Join Meet OIR Website directly. Adjunct and other Part-time Instructor Special Session —Noon-12:50 p.m.: Are you an adjunct, part-time instructor or graduate teaching assistant (GTA) at Wichita State? Join us for a conversation about the resources available to you. There will be a question and answer session as well. Presented by Carolyn Speer. Add Adjunct/Part-time Instructor to calendar. Join Adjunct/Part-time Instructor directly. Getting Started with OER — 1-1:50 p.m.: Are you an instructor who would like to reduce costs for your students but are unsure about how to accomplish this? This session will show you how University Libraries can help you locate and use open educational resources (OER). Presented by Maria Sclafani and Victoria Koger. Add OER to calendar. Join OER directly. HyFlex Session — 2-2:50 p.m.: HyFlex? Hybrid? F2F? What are the Options? What are the Reasons? What is the difference between HyFlex and Hybrid? Would you like to think about ways you can structure your classes for maximum flexibility? This session is for you. You are welcome to join us in person on campus in Devlin Hall (room 010) or join the session online. The session will also be live-streamed via Zoom. Presented by Carolyn Speer. Add HyFlex, What Are the Options? to calendar. Join HyFlex, What are the Options? directly. The State of the Alternative Assessment Conversation in Higher E — 3:00-3:50 p.m.: Alternative assessment is a hot topic in higher education, but what is it, and what is its purpose? Come to this session to find out! Presented by Mark Porcaro. Add Alternative Assessment to calendar. Join Alternative Assessment directly. A Conversation About Student Retention — 4-4:50 p.m.: What can instructors do to help students persist toward their degrees? Join this conversation with Lisa Garcia and Sarah Taylor. Add Student Retention to calendar. Join Student Retention directly. Watch 'Supporting freedom of expression on campus'