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What is Mcubed Communities?
Mcubed Communities gathers and mobilizes groups of faculty members so they can work together to solve complex challenges, from collaborating on research/scholarship to developing innovative curricula.
What’s a community?
It’s a group of faculty members who coalesce around a common purpose, such as a scholarship topic, research challenge, educational mission, resource offering, or any other topic of interest.
How does Mcubed Communities work?
Faculty members can create a community or join a community that interests them. The group is immediately displayed on the Mcubed Communities web application for all faculty members across the three U-M campuses to see. Mcubed Communities provides a sort of online clearinghouse, revealing faculty members’ emerging priorities and offering them a way to connect with others and advocate for resources. At the same time, Mcubed Communities helps identify overall strengths across the university so that we’re ready for time-sensitive opportunities, such as national crises or calls for proposals. Ultimately, the program promises to further enhance U-M’s preeminence and contribute to our society.
Does it cost anything to create or join a community?
No, participation in Mcubed Communities is free!
Will I receive any funding through Mcubed Communities?
At this point, the central Mcubed Communities program will not be distributing any funding to communities. However, some units may choose to distribute funds to faculty members who participate in a community, or they may offer incentives to communities that form around particular topics or purposes. For information about your unit’s decisions, consult with your Mcubed Unit Liaison.
Why should I participate in Mcubed Communities?
By creating or joining a community, you can discover and connect with potential collaborators and establish your own identity at the University of Michigan. You can build collaborative momentum, gain visibility for your team’s work, and perhaps collectively advocate for resources. Each community has a webpage with pertinent information and a listing of members, plus a bulletin board area to announce gatherings or events, share resources, ask questions, offer feedback, or post help wanted. Additional features, such as the ability to add accomplishments, are planned for later release.
What is the difference between a cube and a community?
A cube is a trio of faculty members (from at least two different units) seeking $60K or $15K seed funding, and the trio’s work must be new. A community can have an unlimited number of members, and there is no distribution of seed funding. Also, the work of the community is not required to be new, and the members do not need to be from different units.
How is Mcubed Communities different from the Mcubed seed funding program (Mcubed 3.0)?
Integrated into the Mcubed web application, Mcubed Communities allows for large-scale team formation (beyond trios) with even lower barriers: no requirement of interdisciplinarity, no end date for the collaboration, no invitations required to join a group, etc. The two programs are complementary: a community can seek seed funding by building multiple cubes within the Mcubed program, or cubes can unite into a community for a larger-scale effort.
How is Mcubed Communities different from other profile-based programs, such as Google Scholar and Michigan Research Experts?
Mcubed Communities reflects teams’ expertise and priorities, rather than those of individuals. Spanning all units and disciplines, as well as a breadth of purposes, the program captures faculty priorities that aren’t yet expressed in publications, grants, or other achievements.
Will the Mcubed Communities web application be visible to the general public?
Yes, but according to Mcubed procedures, all community descriptions will be vetted with the U-M Office of Technology Transfer prior to being published on the public site, as a means of protecting intellectual property. Once that review has occurred, external audiences, from funding agencies to donors to corporations, can easily behold U-M’s collaborative strengths and areas of expertise.
How can I learn more about Mcubed Communities?
We will soon announce the dates and times of Mcubed Communities Information Sessions, to be offered on all three U-M campuses. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Who can participate in Mcubed Communities?
Faculty members are loaded into the website according to unit-based definitions of eligibility. If you were eligible for the Mcubed seed-funding program (Mcubed 3.0), you are eligible for Mcubed Communities. If you were not eligible for Mcubed 3.0, you might be eligible for Communities. The easiest way to check is to click on “Find Cubes, Communities, and Collaborators” and then select “Collaborators” followed by “All Collaborators.” If you are listed here (enter your name or uniqname in the search box and hit return), then you can participate.
Can communities contain members of different units?
Yes, a community can contain faculty members from the different areas, departments, schools, or colleges. But this is not a requirement. It’s fine if all of the community members come from the same unit.
Can community members be from different campuses?
Yes, community members can come from any of the three U-M campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint). And the communities can contain members from all three campuses, two campuses, or just one.
How many faculty members can a community have?
There is no limit to the number of members a community may have. On the low end, units may post proposed communities with no faculty members listed as members. On the high end, a community may have hundreds of faculty members.
How many communities can a faculty member join?
Each faculty member is limited to joining five communities. If a faculty member is in five communities and would like to join a sixth, she must first leave one of her existing communities before the web application will allow her to join a new community.
Can staff and students participate in Mcubed Communities?
Yes, they can participate in the work of the communities. Because staff and students do not have profiles in the Mcubed web application, faculty members in the communities must manually enter these team members. (There is not a way for students and staff to form or join communities on their own.)
How do I create a community?
To create a community, click on the “Start Collaborating” button at the top right corner of the page, and then click “Create a Community” from the center box.
What information do I need to create a community?
When you click the “Create a Community” button, you will need to input several pieces of information: a title, category, keywords, purpose, description, and a photo or image.
Can I edit the information I’ve entered if I find a mistake?
You may still make edits if you choose to view the community entry before posting it. However, once you have posted the community, you are unable to make further edits. If you find a mistake, please email the Mcubed staff at email@example.com, and they will correct the page for you. Alternatively, you can start a new community and ask the Mcubed staff to delete the old community.
What is the “category” used for?
The category you enter for your community will allow people to quickly narrow down their search to find your community more rapidly. Note that this entry is optional and you may leave it blank if you do not find an acceptable term.
What should I provide as the community’s purpose?
There are many reasons for forming a community. For instance, your purpose may be assembling a group of experts on a particular topic. Or you may be addressing a particular research challenge. Or you may want to investigate a new educational paradigm. Whatever your special purpose is, you should use a short phrase that captures the main function of your community. To help a broader audience to appreciate your work, we encourage you to use accessible language that suggests the desired impact or result of the community.
How do I join a community?
To join a community, go to the community’s page and click on the “Join this Community” button.. You do not have to be invited to join the community, nor do you have to seek permission.
How do I find the community that I want to join?
To find the page for a particular community, click on “Find Cubes, Communities, & Collaborators” at the top of the Mcubed homepage. Then click on “Communities,” followed by “All Communities.” You will now be at the Mcubed Communities search page. (An alternative path is to click the “Start Collaborating” button at the top of the Mcubed homepage and then click the “Search Communities” button in the center box). You can then search until the community you are interested in joining is displayed. Click on the community’s name or picture, and the web page for that community will be displayed. To join, just click on the “Join this Community” button.
How do I leave a community?
To leave a community, navigate to the community’s web page and click on the “Leave this Community” button. You can leave a community at any time, and you do not have to seek permission.
Can I join any community I want, regardless of unit affiliation, formal training, or education or research background?
Yes, you can join any five communities that you would like. You cannot be prevented from joining any community, and you can leave any community at any time.