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Summer 2016 Faculty Development Institute for Teaching with Technology


Appplications are now closed for the 2016 Summer FDI for Teaching with Technology


If you aren't familiar with the Summer Faculty Development Institute (FDI) for Teaching with Technology, 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 to teach in new and innovative ways 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 third Summer Faculty Development Institute (FDI) for Teaching with Technology. As a result of completing the Institute, participating faculty will receive an iPad (or equivalent funding towards a supported learning technology) to keep!

What is the FDI for Teaching with Technology?

Faculty participating in the Summer 2016 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!

We’ll be doing many activities during the Institute, creating easy opportunities for participation—this is an active learning environment. Each workshop often involves working in small groups, both talking and actively listening to others. You may also take advantage of an optional one (1) hour lab after the required workshops in late June, to gain more technology skills or work directly with FDI facilitators on your own learning design. FDI facilitators will accommodate faculty who are interested in receiving more than one (1) hour of optional lab time. 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:

[5/11] 12:50-1:45 p.m.: required lunch talk, A Tail, a Trunk, Four Legs, and a Hide Does Not An Elephant Make! Connecting Multiple Ways of Thinking and Knowing Across the Disciplines at Union College", with Dr. Michael Connell (Lippman 016), 4:00-6:00 p.m.: required workshop facilitated by Dr. Michael Connell (Olin 106)

[6/10] 3:00-6:30 p.m.: required FDI "Kickoff Event" (6 Douglas)

The FDI workshops start on June 21, 2016 at 10 a.m. The general schedule of dates/times are listed below:

[6/21] 10-11:30 a.m: required workshop, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: required lab*

[6/22] 10-11:30 a.m: required workshop, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: optional labs* 

[6/23] 10-11:30 a.m: required workshop, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: optional labs* 

[6/28] 10-11:30 a.m: required workshop, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: optional labs* 

[6/29] 10-11:30 a.m: required workshop, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: optional labs*

[6/30] 10-11:30 a.m: required workshop, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: optional labs*

 *note,  the only "required" lab is 6/21/16 as FDI facilitators will be helping faculty get set up with their iPad, iPad Apps, and other FDI materials. Optional lab offerings will be determined based on interest/feedback received from the FDI Applications about facilities, equipment, technologies, and skills faculty are interested in learning more about. Typically, faculty will have at least 2-3 different labs to choose from each day.

[July 2016] After these initial six workshops, FDI faculty are gifted a current book carefully selected with thoughtful ideas about teaching and learning for the FDI, and then invited to come back and talk about it with their FDI cohort at a mid-summer FDI lunch in early August. As needed, continue to collaborate and schedule trainings/meetings with LTE facilitators at mutually convenient times to further develop FDI project/interest (e.g., instructional design/redesign, construction of videos/other learning resources, strengthening instructional technology/classroom equipment skills, etc.). One-on-one Instructional Coaching appointments scheduled with a professional Instructional Design consultant by request.

[Date TBA: First week in August] mid-summer FDI lunch with cohort to discuss book and any new instructional design(s)/strategies and/or experimentation with learning technologies. Note, specific date/time to be determined at a time mutually convenient for selected FDI participants.

[August 2016] As needed, continue to collaborate and schedule trainings/meetings with LTE facilitators at mutually convenient times to further develop FDI project/interest. One-on-one Instructional Coaching appointments scheduled with a professional Instructional Design consultant by request.

[Date TBA: Last week in August/First Week in September] The 2016 Summer FDI concludes with a final two hour celebration at the end of August/first week in September, where FDI participants share their "big ideas worth spreading" around teaching and learning that emerged from their FDI experience, as well as a discussion about how each person's FDI interest(s)/project/design/skill(s) are developing. Note, specific date/time to be determined at a time mutually convenient for selected FDI participants.

[Date TBA: 2016-17 Academic Year] Attend a faculty Lunch and Learn event to informally share your FDI experience with other faculty. Note, specific date/time to be determined at a time mutually convenient for selected FDI participants and coordinated with the Director of Faculty Development.

Note: the mid summer FDI lunch and final two (2) hour celebration are very negotiable in terms of timing. It's really most essential that faculty can attend the 5/11 talk/workshop, 6/10 FDI kickoff event, and six primary workshops on the dates listed above. Please indicate in your application if you are able to attend the, 5/11 talk/workshop, 6/10 FDI kickoff event, and six (6) primary workshops but request some accommodation on the timing of the mid summer lunch and/or final two (2) hour celebration at the end of summer. If you need an accommodation with one of the required events/workshops, you are encouraged to still apply. Please indicate the required event/workshop that conflicts with your schedule and the FDI facilitators will try and find a way to fulfill accommodation requests.

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

Applications are now closed for the 2016 Summer FDI for Teaching with Technology

When are applications due?

Applications are due no later than Wednesday, April 27th. The proposals will be reviewed by the FDI Facilitators and up to ten (10) proposals will be selected and invited to participate in the Summer 2016 FDI for Teaching with Technology. Notifications will be sent to faculty the first week of May.


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!

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