Are you interested in being a part of Summer '14 Cohort II? Check out the faculty requirements below and if you meet the criteria and agree to commit,
What is the Summer Innovation Institute (SII)?
The SII is a two-week, intensive transformational instructional program funded by Information Technology Services for full-time, benefit-based faculty at the University of San Diego, that will enable them to build or improve a current Blackboard course, utilizing learning technologies and functionality designed to increase student learning and engagement. It is designed to create a partnership between the iTeam/ITS and University of San Diego faculty, both during and after the Institute.
We will examine course materials, discover techniques for keeping your students engaged, delve into pedagogical theory combined with hands-on course development opportunities. Our professional instructional support team will work with you to help you design a course that meets your learning outcomes. Faculty will become familiar with Blackboard tools and features that will help them reach their teaching goals.
What must a faculty member commit to?
- Participants must attend all dates of the two-week session. The SII is a time commitment, with workshops from 9am to 3pm daily, Monday through Friday
- Arrive on time and with any pre-work completed (light reading, account creation, etc.)
- Complete the pre-course survey and schedule and attend a needs analysis consultaton with member of the Instructional Support and Training team in advance of the cohort dates
- Complete a 2-hour Blackboard New Users workshop in advance of the cohort dates
- Partner with ATS in building partnership and community of users and share outcomes with the group and at future events
Who should attend?
Tenured or tenure-track faculty that are interested in enhancing their online Blackboard courses will benefit greatly from this workshop. Ask yourself the following questions to see if this program is for you:
- Are you interested in taking your Blackboard course to the next level, or in redesigning your course to make it more interactive and user-friendly?
- Are you teaching an undergraduate or graduate level academic course for credit using Blackboard?
- Would you like to learn ways to take advantage of Blackboard’s untapped potential, whether it be in integrating publisher material, displaying your students’ video presentations within Blackboard, or increasing the amount of your course content online to free up your class time for meaningful learning activities?
If you can answer yes to either of those questions, then consider joining the iTeam for USD’s first-ever Summer Innovation Institute!
Why should you attend? Check out these topics to be covered!
- Flipping the classroom: What it means and how to find opportunities to do it
- Multi-media: Development and deployment as well as identifying relevant content on the web
- Online collaboration: Dissecting your syllabus to find opportunities
- Copyright: Discussion and compliance
- Publisher content: Taking advantage of pre-built materials
- Apple's iBook Author: Learning how to use it
- Effective communication: Prompting and facilitating good out-of-class discussion, synchronous and asynchronous tools - when to use them.
- Social media: Tapping into the new features of Blackboard
- Completion of 2 hour Blackboard New Users training, if you haven't, click here to see upcoming opportunities through IT Training
- Completion of pre-course survey
- Completion of re-assigned reading assignments
Note: Faculty who are accepted to the program must agree to attend all sessions Monday through Friday for 2 weeks, and need to come prepared with course materials and syllabus.