Through their participation in the cohort, team members will have opportunities to:
- Develop or enhance skills in digital pedagogy and scholarship, digital project management, etc. that relate to their project.
- Develop, expand or improve plans for programs/initiatives/support related to the digital liberal arts at their institution.
- Participate in a community of practice across AMICAL, which includes faculty members, faculty developers, librarians, archivists, and instructional designers and technologists.
- Make connections with non-AMICAL peers for exchanging ideas/advice in the future.
- Discover opportunities for cross-institutional collaboration with other AMICAL members.
These opportunities are primarily accomplished through several forms of online support, which take place throughout the year:
- Training for specific skills to assist team members with their project. The cohort organizers will suggest specific professional development opportunities throughout the year (e.g. digital humanities or digital pedagogy institutes), but team members can also attend other events that support their goal.
- Consultations on a team’s project or initiative, either one-to-one with the consultant, or in a small group with similar projects.
- Webinars on topics of broad interest to the cohort’s projects and interests.
- Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and support, through:
- A dedicated forum for the cohort
- Topical discussion meetings
- Peer-to-peer consultation meetings
- Project showcase meetings
The training, consultations and webinars will be facilitated by experts, selected by the organizers either from within AMICAL or invited from outside. The cohort organizers will work with teams to identify and match consultants most appropriate to their projects.
Financial support may be made available to any team for training or consultation if the need for this is well explained, and if the source of training/consultation aligns well with the need.
Financial support is limited to team members from Full or Affiliate member institutions.
For the current period, funding made available to any one team will be restricted to low cost, high impact opportunities such as highly participatory online training or consultation. In general, we will not be funding face-to-face training or participation in conferences based primarily on presentation-style session formats. Other forms of financial support may be available on a case by case basis.