The Faculty and Academic Staff Development Board helps organize, support, and encourage faculty development opportunities available to campus.
The Online Teaching Institute (OTI) is a semester long program that provides individual support to faculty members who are redesigning an existing course for online delivery. Faculty members meet regularly with an instructional designer to collaborate on the design and development of their course. In addition, OTI participants meet with other colleagues in a group setting to share their work and receive feedback. Online activities are also planned to provide faculty members with the experience of participating in an online course.
“Active learning classrooms” are identified as a strategic initiative in our campus strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction. As we plan the physical construction of campus spaces to support this initiative, it is equally important to investigate the effectiveness of pedagogical approaches that are consistent with active learning classrooms.
The 2012-2013 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Series seeks to support applied faculty research on teaching strategies that support active learning. Interested participants are asked to submit research proposals that investigate how different teaching strategies promote active learning. The Faculty and Academic Staff Development Board will evaluate, in a blind review, all proposals. Funding will be awarded to ten proposals.