Select Innovation Institute sessions open to all faculty: May 20, 22, 26, and 27

The Center for Teaching Excellence, Department of Instructional Technology, and Munday Library invite all faculty to join us for select sessions from this year’s Innovation Institute.

Although most of the Institute’s sessions are only open to the 2015-16 Innovation Fellows, this year we are opening up five workshops to any interested St. Edward’s faculty member (full-time, part-time or adjunct, and staff who teach). The open workshops are listed below.  If you wish to attend any (or all!) of them, please sign up so that we can anticipate attendance.  To learn more about the workshops and register please see the full workshop listing. Continue reading

Announcing Innovation Fellows for 2015-2016

The Offices of Academic Affairs and Instructional Techonology, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Munday Library are pleased to announce the Innovation Fellowship and Global Innovation Fellowship recipients for 2015-2015. Please join us in congratulating the 2015-2016 fellows, Richard Bautch, Mary Kopecki-Fjetland, Katherine Lopez, Jimmy Luu, Christopher Micklethwait, Rachael Neal, Kristin Cheyenne Riggs, Alexandra Robinson, Jason Rosenblum, and Gary Slater. See the 2015-2016 Fellows page on this blog for more information about these fellows with abstracts of their proposed course redesigns.

This fellowship supports faculty with the resources and expertise needed to experiment with the pedagogy in a course. We consider this fellowship a marker of significant potential and achievement; these fellows are not only pursuing valuable pedagogical innovation but also are contributing in significant ways to the university’s mission and goals.

The Innovations in Teaching Committee (composed of a faculty representative from each school), as well as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Director of Munday Library, and the Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology reviewed all proposals, ranked them by selection criteria–significance of innovation; connection to the Holy Cross mission and strategic goals of the university; feasibility of the proposed experiment; potential impact on student learning; and planned public dissemination and potential for scholarship and publication based on this experiment–and made recommendations as to which proposals should be accepted.

All Fellows will participate in the Innovation Institute, May 18-29, 2015, offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Munday Library, and the Office of Instructional Technology.

Going 100% Digital with the iPad

Coffee and iPadMary Boyd, Vice President of Academic Affairs at St. Edward’s University has made the commitment to go digital. As she explains on her new blog, #100percentdigital:

I’ve committed to moving to a 100% digital workflow and practice.  That decision required a lot of persuasion by colleagues, who convinced me that I could do everything I do now, but better, in a completely digital process.

To encourage Mary’s commitment and get the community involved in helping her go digital, I’m offering a little incentive. I’ll buy coffee (or an equivalent beverage) for anyone who catches Mary using paper instead of her iPad. There are a few conditions:

  • It has to be paper she provides. It doesn’t count if you bring her paper in a meeting.
  • You have to tweet your picture to the hashtag #100percentdigital and to me @frostdavis
  • I reserve the right to stop this incentive program if Mary is using too much paper (and I’m buying too much coffee)!