What does instructional innovation mean to you?
In summer 2016 we held our first two Innovate@ Symposia—hands-on workshops designed to put new technologies in the hands of faculty as we explored as a group how to push the limits of the traditional classroom through instructional innovations. This program directly advances the IT Strategic Plan through innovation by giving faculty increased access to technologies in the classroom that allow for innovative teaching and active learning, and by helping faculty have more of a voice in technology-related decisions. These symposia are designed to provide faculty with “hands-on” training in latest instructional technologies while building a community of scholars (Innovation Fellows) who will contribute to a campus innovation “think tank” throughout the academic year and beyond. (For more details see the Summer 2016 Symposia Report.)
In 2016-17 we are holding two symposia during the academic year to accommodate faculty schedules, with one on T/TR in October and the other M/W in February. Faculty will be given a stipend to support this work, and will join the Innovation Fellow community. Information about the Spring symposium application process will be posted in December. If you have any questions about Innovate@ Symposia, please contact Alyson Gill, Associate Provost for Instructional Innovation, or Fred Zinn, Associate Director, IT.