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Summer Innovation Institute

Summer Innovation Institute 2015

Join the iTeam for Summer Innovation Institute 2015!

June Cohort: June 1-12

Application deadline: April 15, 2015

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Stipend Options

Participating Faculty Will Select One of the Following:

  1. iPad option with a twist: current generation iPad with option to swap for a new one in two years' time (est. value $1600)
  2. Attend a teaching and learning focused technology conference (e.g. Educause, ELI, SIGUCCS, Sloan-C, BBWorld, FlipCon) and to present findings at a Learn at Lunch event to USD colleagues (registration and travel costs up to a max of $2000)*
  3. Cash stipend of $1000*

*Options 2 and 3 are available only to participants who own an iPad 3 or newer

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Summer Innovation Institute (SII)?

The SII is a 2-week, intensive transformational instructional program for full-time, benefit-based faculty. SII will enable faculty to build or improve a current Blackboard course, utilize learning technologies and functionality designed to increase student engagement. We will examine course materials, discover techniques for ‘flipping the classroom’ and delve into pedagogical theory with hands-on course development opportunities and guidance from the ITS instructional support team. Participants will greatly expanded their technology toolkits and become more confident deploying instructional technologies for academic use.

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.

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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

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Who should attend?

Tenured or tenure-track faculty interested in enhancing your 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 interactive learning activities?

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At the end of the two weeks, participants will be able to:

  • Design and develop engaging, interactive courses based on the Blackboard Exemplary Course Template
  • Examine learning outcomes and teaching approaches to refine syllabi
  • Facilitate active learning strategies and class interactions using the flipped classroom model
  • Leverage iOS mobile apps, multimedia, and social media tools to increase student engagement
  • Explore the benefits of easy-to-use technology tools to augment hybrid courses
  • Apply pedagogical models such as Blooms Taxonomy and ADDIE to course design
  • Utilize tools available such as Google Docs, YouTube Capture, Blackboard Tests
  • Incorporate pre-built publisher content from Wiley, Pearson, McGraw-Hill, etc
  • Integrate communication and collaborative tools such as wikis, blogs, discussion boards, and journals

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Daily focuses include:

  • Flipping the classroom: What it means and how to find opportunities to do it
  • Multi-media: Development, editing, and publication as well as identifying relevant content on the web
  • Mobile Learning: exploring apps relevant to higher education and discovering emerging trends
  • 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

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  • 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 pre-assigned reading assignments

Important Note: Faculty who are accepted to the program must agree to attend all sessions Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for 2 weeks, and need to come prepared with course materials and syllabus.

Should an accepted participant become unable to complete the requirements for any reason, a stipend will not be awarded and/or iPad must be forfeited.

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Additional SII Information