The Faculty Innovation Center was established in the summer of 2016 as the front door to Project 2021, a major University initiative that works with faculty, staff and students to provide evidence-based support for teaching and learning and for thoughtful redesign of degree programs across campus. Its mission is to catalyze transformative learning experiences in partnership with instructors and academic units. This is accomplished through four initiatives:
Graduate Student Development.
Key links on the main site include sub-collections of resources for: Instructional Strategies, Teaching with Technology, and Programs & Services (e.g. Curriculum Redesign, Graduate Student Development, New Faculty Resources, Curate a Teaching Portfolio, Craft a Teaching Statement, etc.)
Type of Material:
This site may be used as a reference resource to learn about Instructional Strategies, Teaching with Technology, and Programs & Services (e.g. Curriculum Redesign, Graduate Student Development, New Faculty Resources, Curate a Teaching Portfolio, Craft a Teaching Statement, etc.)
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The main purposes of this site have to do with:
Curriculum Redesign. The center works closely with teams of faculty in departments to rethink and redesign their degree programs through the lens of student needs and alumni outcomes. They funnel thorny problems of policy and infrastructure back to Project 2021 to tackle centrally.
Instructional Practice. The center meets faculty where they are by offering diverse offerings designed to improve the quality of their instruction.
Graduate Student Development. The center curates communities and offers training aligned with graduate students’ needs in instructional design and delivery. They prepare future faculty, providing opportunities to advance graduate students’ pedagogical, academic, and professional progress.
Faculty Partnerships. The center supports individuals and groups seeking to experiment with new teaching techniques and collaborate with colleagues across disciplinary boundaries. Their signature programs include the Provost’s Teaching Fellows and a new portfolio of Faculty Innovation Grants, issued annually.
Target Student Population:
This site is mainly for higher ed faculty, both new and experienced, and graduate TA's but may also be of use to teachers in secondary school. Faculty developers and instructional designers will also find many useful resources.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
An avid interest in and solid knowledge of teaching and learning.
This resource presents valid and accurate concepts, models, and skills for higher ed faculty and TA's. It also demonstrates educationally significant concepts, models, and skills for teaching with technology. It is complete in scope and ready for immediate use. Where appropriate, valid and accurate references, bibliographies and other supporting material are provided
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This website gives a clear articulation of the purpose and goals of the resource. The user will be able to effectively achieve these goals. Compared to other methods of presenting the same concept, models, or skills, this resource is just as effective or better. The content level is appropriate for higher education instructors. The website has appeal. It tends to promote creative use beyond the site. There is a mechanism for contacting the managers of the site for consultation or questions geared to specific topics.
This resource might be even more effective if it were interactive by promoting user input and providing feedback.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This resource presents the information clearly and arranged in an orderly fashion.
It is comprehensive in a well organized and logically sequenced layout. The content level is appropriate for the expertise level of the intended audience. This resource presents information in ways that are familiar for the intended audience and attractive. The website is clearly designed with no distracting design elements
Other Issues and Comments:
No other concerns.
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