The University of Richmond’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology is currently accepting applications for its 2012 Faculty Academy
When: Monday, May 7, 2012 to Thursday, May 10, 2012
Where: Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Boatwright Library 320
According to the literature that describes the educational and lifestyle experiences of “digital natives”, students enter Universities with significant expectations of how technology should be used and integrated to support their learning. A few of these expectations include the opportunity to access and interact with course information online, collaborate and connect with others through the social web, and communicate with a variety of tools that can digitally express their ideas. In order to meet these expectations, faculty must be cognizant of modern tools and pedagogies that allow them to use technology innovatively and effectively (Roberts, 2005). Moreover, faculty must continue expanding their comprehension of instructional technologies so that they are able to apply them in creative, meaningful and influential ways.
The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology is holding a Faculty Academy that will help prepare faculty to utilize emerging technologies and teaching strategies to enhance the learning experience for Richmond students. This four day professional development opportunity immerses participants in a variety of hands-on workshops, training sessions and thought-provoking discussions.
Two themes will be offered: Technology-Facilitated Course Design & Digital Media Production:
The learning objectives of the Technology-Facilitated Course Design track will allow faculty to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of instructional design principles as they relate to technology-facilitated learning environments.
- Develop effective student assessments for technology-facilitated learning environments.
- Create a Blackboard course that includes rich media, assignments and web-based discussions
The learning objectives of the Digital Media Production track will allow faculty to:
- Design multimedia learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student reflection and creativity.
- Advocate and teach legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright and media attribution.
- Create a digital story that adheres to the 7 elements of digital storytelling and incorporates audio, image and video production.
On Monday 5/7/12, an introductory session will explore emerging technologies in education, social media and instructional design. On Tuesday and Wednesday, 5/8/12 and 5/9/12, participants will break out to their selected theme and engage in hands on activities. By Thursday, 5/10/12, participants must complete a capstone project (design a technology-facilitated course or produce a digital story) to share with their peers for a culminating discussion.
Additionally, an evaluation survey and brief summary of how they intend to enhance their Fall 2012 course from the lessons learned must also be completed. The technology applications covered in the Faculty Academy include Blackboard, WordPress, Google Docs, iMovie, Audacity, and other social media tools. Participants will also review issues related to copyright, ethical use of media and resources available in the Creative Commons. A total of 10 faculty (5 in each theme) will be selected to participate.
A $1000 stipend will be provided to each participant, providing they attend all session and complete the capstone. Lunches and refreshments will also be provided.
Candidates must be a University of Richmond faculty member actively teaching courses. The following application must be submitted by February 20th, 2012. Selected participants will be notified by March 1, 2012.
Application available here (for UR Faculty Only): http://goo.gl/AuXoa