UNCG Campus Weekly

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New era for Teaching Innovations Office in UTLC

Fall 2015 marked a time of new beginnings across UNCG, and the Teaching Innovations Office (TIO) within the University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC) is no exception. In August, the TIO launched an updated New Faculty Orientation, a Fall Teaching and Learning Colloquium, and several new workshops. This spring, the TIO is working with key campus partners to develop a workshop series, a lecture series, and summer teaching institutes. Stay up-to-date with the latest TIO programs and join the Faculty Development listserv by e-mailing utlc@uncg.edu.

The TIO is coordinated by Laura Pipe (lmpipe@uncg.edu), who previously served as UNCG’s director of Learning Communities. “Since establishing the Teaching Innovations Office last May, the goal has been to provide faculty with a space to be creative, recharge and celebrate their work” said Pipe.

Throughout the fall, Pipe has been meeting with faculty to learn the types of support needed for faculty development.  These conversations led to the development of the UTLC Faculty Workspace (McIver 134), a unique meeting area that houses the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) library and includes conference room furniture for small group collaborative work. The space, which has been used to host a number of Coffeehouses, Brownbag Lunches, writing groups, and other events since August, may be reserved (via lmpipe@uncg.edu or plwyrick@uncg.edu) or is open for drop-in use if available.

Currently, the TIO is developing an ongoing Certificate Series comprised of a number of workshops that will allow faculty to complete certificates (non-credit bearing) in the areas of Pedagogy, Assessment, General Education, Online Learning/Technology and Global Learning.

Things to look forward to in February 2016:

February 3 – Brown Bag Luncheon: “Developing Online Courses? What resources do you need?” Join the TIO in a roundtable discussion on online course design. Bring with you any challenges, resources or requests for support. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in McIver 134. (UTLC Faculty Workspace)

February 4 – TIO Coffeehouse, 8:30-10:30 a.m., McIver 134 (UTLC Faculty Workspace)

February 4 – Call for Course (re)Design Proposals in partnership with the Title III grant (Intentional Futures): Interested full-time faculty (both NTT and TT) will be able to submit proposals to (re)design courses to include intentional/self-regulated learning components. Faculty who receive this grant will attend the 2016 Lilly Teaching and Learning Conference in Bethesda, Maryland (June 2-5, 2016) and receive a summer stipend.

February 4: ‘Celebrate and Learn’ event hosted by the Title III Grant (Intentional Futures), 4pm-6pm in the Faculty Center.  Come and celebrate the start of the spring semester, while learning about the value of Intentional Learning. Information about upcoming speakers and opportunities to attend the Lilly Teaching and Learning Conference-East will be provided. Wine and lite fare.

February 11: Maryellen Weimer Visit (Keynote) – The TIO and Title III Grant welcome Dr. Maryellen Weimer to campus on Feb. 11, 2016. Dr. Weimer is an emeritus professor from Penn State, and renowned instructional designer. She will be discussing student resistance in the classroom – particularly related to strategies for intentional learning. Feb 11, 3-5 p.m. Reception to follow.

February 18: TIO Coffeehouse, 8:30am-10:30 a.m., McIver 134 (UTLC Faculty Workspace)

Save the Date:
The TIO Summer Teaching Institutes will be held the week of May 9-13. This includes institutes on Online Learning (May 9-12), Intentional/Self-Regulated Learning (May 11-12), Pedagogy (May 11-12), and Global Learning (May 11-13).

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Dee Fink (www.designlearning.org) on Wednesday, May 11. – The TIO and Title III Grant welcome Dr. L. Dee Fink to campus on May 11, 2016. Dr. Fink is founding director of the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma and past president of the Professional and Organizational Development network, the largest faculty development organization in the United States.  He will be discussing strategies and practices for transformative learning. May 11, 9am- 12pm and 4pm-5pm. Reception to follow.

New Faculty Mentoring Application Process will open in March 2016 for fall 2016.