It seems like just yesterday that I was writing the end of the year newsletter for our Teaching & Learning Innovations team, now here we are getting ready to start a new academic year. Our team is more ready than ever to support your teaching & learning needs as well as your wild ideas for engaging students.
Below are a few of our focus areas for the year. Follow us on social media and/or pop by the FIT student to join the fun.
One of the fears of most faculty as they explore Online and Blended Learning is the loss of personal connections with their students. Our work at CI is focused on assuring that all learning opportunities include presence, empathy and awareness regardless of modality of instruction. The principles of Humanized Learning allow instructors to connect with students and deepen the learning.
CI Keys provides Connected Learning Spaces (domains) to interested faculty and students to enable them to explore the opportunities provided by creating in an open online platform. Faculty can explore concepts, tools, and platforms that will further the development of new ways of connecting with students. Take a look at what the CI Keys Innovators accomplished last year.
Faculty Innovations In Teaching studio
The FIT studio is here for you. We have student assistants available to support you with CI Learn, Voicethread, video editing and more. There is space for small group faculty meetings, video conferencing, workshops and more.
- Hours: 9:00-5:00 Monday-Friday
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve space in the studio
In closing, I’d like to take a minute to congratulate our Teaching and Learning Innovations team for their recent accomplishments. Michelle Pacansky-Brock completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management this past June. Her dissertation, “Examining the Impact of eBooks to Support Faculty Who Teach with VoiceThread” is fascinating and has direct implications for her work at CI. Kristi O’Neil-Gonzalez, a CI Psychology grad (2013), has earned her Masters degree. She studied Learning Technologies at Pepperdine. Kristi’s research focused on accessible instructional materials. Michael McGarry has also decided to pursue a graduate degree. He will be studying Educational Technology at CSU Fullerton.