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2017 Summer Faculty Development Institute For Teaching w/ Technology

Supported by the "Our Shared Humanities" grant to Union College by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

2017 Summer FDI

Applications for the 2017 Summer  Faculty Development Institute (FDI) are now closed.

If you aren't familiar with the Faculty Development Institute (FDI), we invite you to consider the following questions:

  • Are you a faculty member interested in redesigning a learning experience, an entire course, or a component at the program level in order to foster deeper learner engagement and more meaningful connection with course concepts and materials? 
  • Would you welcome an environment to experiment freely with technology in order to explore opportunities for new and innovative teaching strategies, and potentially sharpen technological skills?
  • Have you heard about some of the technological facilities around campus, like the “Digital Studio” in the Library, and would like to learn more about them and why you might want to use them? 
  • Are you interesting in collaborating with faculty in another department, but aren’t sure how it could work?

If any of these questions sound interesting, we invite you to submit a proposal to be a part of Union College’s fourth annual Summer Faculty Development Institute (FDI) for Teaching with Technology. As a result of completing the Institute, participating faculty will receive a 32 GB iPad or 128 GB iPad Mini (or equivalent funding towards a supported learning technology tablet)*!

*while you are an active employee with the College

What is the FDI for Teaching with Technology?

Faculty participating in the 2017 Summer FDI for Teaching with Technology are invited to experiment with and consider the affordances of a variety of instructional strategies and technologies to enhance student learning. They will immerse themselves in a community of their peers and FDI Facilitators from ITS' Learning Technologies and Environments group and the Library to create authentic and engaging learning experiences for their students, while strengthening instructional technology skills.

We designed the FDI for Teaching with Technology to address five important, big ideas. Faculty participating in the FDI will understand that:

1. Good instructional design makes for better learning.

2. Empathy is at the heart of instructional design.

3. Active learning > passive learning.

4. Designing for understanding within and across the disciplines provides an opportunity to tackle essential questions–key inquiries within a discipline–more cohesively.

5. Teaching and learning can be fun for both you and your students!

The FDI is an active learning environment—you’ll participate in many activities during the Institute to give you an easy opportunity to play with new idea.  On May 5th, faculty will attend a "lunch and learn" session centered on immersive gaming, followed by an hour and a half game playing workshop from 4-5:30 p.m. On June 19–21, faculty are required to attend morning workshops from 9 am–12 pm. Each workshop often involves working in small groups, both talking and actively listening to others. In addition, on June 19-21, we invite participants to take advantage of optional video viewing sessions from 8-9 a.m., as well as learning technology lab/lunch sessions from 12-1 p.m. to gain more technology skills or work directly with FDI facilitators on your own learning design. For more detail on the format and schedule of the FDI, please see below.

Who Should Apply?

There are no technical prerequisites to participating in the FDI for Teaching with Technology. We welcome and are counting on a mix of skills and talents: technical and non-technical; creative and logical. We will be working together in the Institute to learn from each other, try out new ideas, and produce learning experiences. If thoughts of using some of the other electronic tools and software during the workshop makes you nervous, we can support you with the development of your technical skills either before or after each workshop. Come contribute to and enjoy a positive learning environment where participants are active, constructive, social, and respectful of individual contributions and ideas, while working through authentic, real-world tasks and challenges.

We do ask participants to be open-minded, flexible, reflective, and willing to talk and actively listen, or come with a willingness to develop these aspects over the course of the summer FDI. In other words, bring your growth mindset!

What is the format and expectation for participation?

FDI participants are expected to attend the following events and workshops:

[5/4/17] Schedule a half-hour, one-on-one FDI Prep meeting (e.g., review FDI proposal idea) 

[5/5/17] 12:50-1:45 p.m.: required lunch talk with Dr. Marshall Hayes (Wold 010), 4:00-5:30 p.m.: required FDI workshop facilitated by Dr. Marshall Hayes

[6/19, 6/20, 6/21/17]

  • 8:00-9:00 a.m.: optional daily video viewing session 
  • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: required FDI workshop facilitated by Denise Snyder + Stacie Cassat Green
  •  12:00-1:00 p.m..: optional FDI learning technology lab/lunch facilitated by Stacie Cassat Green + ITS LTE staff

[After Summer FDI Institute Completes] By appointment.: at least two , one hour 1:1 consultations with a professional Instructional Design consultant (Stacie Cassat Green)


How do I apply for the Summer 2016 FDI for Teaching with Technology?

Applications for the 2017 Summer  Faculty Development Institute (FDI) are now closed.


When are applications due?

Applications were due by April 26th and are now closed.

Questions about the FDI? Please contact Denise Snyder, Director of Learning Technologies & Environments. We look forward to an exciting summer learning, innovating, and creating with you!

Link to FDI PDF flyer (with working links)

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