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LTC Studio Fellows For Teaching Innovation Program
The LTC Studio space is intended to be a laboratory for faculty to experiment with innovative teaching practices. There are two ways to engage this innovative classroom space: (1) become a Studio Fellow for the entire semester, or (2) experiment with the Studio in a more tailored manner for a specific time period and activity during the semester. Faculty who choose to teach in this space pledge to become part of a community of practice that supports and cultivates their goals in teaching and student learning, whether throughout the entire semester or during a narrower window of time. After teaching in this space, the hope is faculty will integrate these efforts into all of their teaching. Only faculty who follow the established process will be assigned teaching time in the Studio.
Each semester a small cohort of faculty will be selected via an application process described below to be part of this cohort. Each Studio Fellow will work on a specific Teaching Innovation Project (TIP). At the end of the semester, Fellows will share their experiences with their colleagues and the UD community.
Teaching Innovation Project
To be selected as a Studio Fellow, a faculty member must devise a focal project regarding some aspect of his/her teaching. That project can be any effort the faculty member wishes to engage in that represents something new for that faculty member. For example, perhaps a faculty member wants to try organizing a course around learning teams and would like to use the Studio space to facilitate team exchanges. Or maybe a faculty member wants to experiment with tablets or the smart board for a semester. Further, a faculty member might want to try flipping his/her classroom and would like to partake in those efforts in a more low-stakes environment where assessment can be more tailored by the faculty member. Simply put, the TIP can be whatever the faculty member wants to try, with the emphasis on trying something new in the classroom.
A proposal for the TIP is part of the Studio Fellows application, and the outcome of the project must be shared with the cohort of Studio Fellows. How the TIP is disseminated is up to the faculty member. Studio Fellows might choose to create a two-minute video to share what worked and what did not work quite as well. Or a faculty member might elect to put together a slide show about an innovation. The results of TIPs will be made available to the broader UD community on the LTC website. The hope is that we can all learn from one another about innovative practices in the classroom.
Faculty who elect to become LTC Studio Fellows agree to:
- Attend and actively participate in cohort sessions (two to three per semester)
- Share and discuss their experiences teaching, both with their cohort and with their colleagues across the university
- Try new methods of teaching and be willing to stumble in and learn from those pursuits
- Complete a Teaching Innovation Project (TIP) of their own devising and disseminate the outcomes of those efforts
- Help and support one another in their pursuits
- Complete a questionnaire after participating in the program
Please note that the LTC Studio has a cap of 30 students. Additionally, faculty members who teach in the Studio may opt not to conduct formal, end of semester teaching evaluations (SET) for the Studio course. Faculty who do opt out of formal SET procedures are encouraged to develop their own means of assessment.
Faculty members who complete the LTC Studio Fellows program will receive:
- An LTC Studio Fellow for Teaching Innovation designation
- Ability to apply for modest support to attend a teaching and learning conference or materials for their efforts (e.g. teaching & learning books, classroom materials, etc.)
- Consultation and support services from the Learning Teaching Center
Application Process and Timeline
Faculty members (any faculty member, including full-time, part-time, tenured, tenure track, and non-tenure track) who wish to participate in this program should complete and submit the application. Review of the applications will begin on January 25, 2017 to accommodate the timeline for upcoming semester’s composite and classroom scheduling. The rolling application process will continue until there are no more class schedule openings. Those individuals selected for the program will be notified as soon as they have been reviewed and selected. Apply early in order to ensure your preferred time slot can be accommodated!
Application materials should be submitted electronically.
Questions or concerns about the program may be directed to LTC Fellow Michelle Pautz, firstname.lastname@example.org, 229-3651.
Experimenting with the Studio: Using the Studio for a Specific Event, Focal Project
The Studio space is also available to faculty members who would like to experiment with the space on a more limited basis for a portion of the semester. For example, if a particular unit in a course would be well served by the technology and space available in the Studio, the faculty member can utilize the Studio for a two-week period. Or, perhaps a course works toward a simulation and the students and would be well served by using the space for that event for a few class periods. This is a great way to try out the Studio space in a more limited way.
Faculty who are interested in using the Studio for a specific aspect of a course they teach elsewhere on campus for a part of a semester should contact LTC Fellow Michelle Pautz, email@example.com, 229-3651.
No formal application is required. Simply inquire about availability. Typically, these events are scheduled towards the end of the prior semester. Scheduling the Studio for such a request is contingent on schedule availability, however.