Innovative Pedagogy Grant Program

Innovative Pedagogy Grant Program, skillfully intertwine technology into a face-to-face, online, or hybrid course

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Overview

The Innovative Pedagogy Grant Program is a unique program that offers instructors and staff the opportunity to learn how to skillfully intertwine technology into a face-to-face, online, or hybrid course. The program is open to all instructors and staff who teach 100-, 200-, 300-, or 400-level courses at the College Station campus.

Up to sixteen awards of $10,000 each may be made to Principal Investigators for course development activities. The program directly aligns with the Office of the Provost's Pedagogy Project by supporting the development of course materials that are pedagogically sound, encourage student motivation, and increase student retention.

Proposals, as outlined in the 2017 RFP, will be due by Monday, August 28 to Instructional Technology Services, Mail Stop 3002, 004 Heldenfels Hall. Notifications of acceptance and additional details will be provided by Thursday, August 31.

Goals

  • Identify best practices related to modern pedagogy in a technology-mediated learning environment
  • Incorporate active learning
  • Identify applicable instructional technologies
  • Improve learning outcomes
  • Increase retention rates
  • Comply with ADA requirements, Copyright Law, and the Principles of Good Practice for Electronically Offered Academic Degree and Certificate Programs from SACS and THECB
     

Expected Outcomes

  • Incorporate practices to increase student motivation
  • Improve student retention
  • Develop measurable course learning outcomes
  • Integrate instructional technologies
  • Incorporate modern pedagogy
  • Create an Exemplary Course Model Repository available to instructors
  • Document activities for tenure and promotion consideration
     

Program Details

Approximately 16 Principal Investigators (PIs) will participate in a three-phase program over the course of either the fall or spring semester.

Phase I – 3 weeks

  • Instructional Technology Institute
    • Flipping Your Course overview
    • Teaching in an active learning space
    • Overview of instructional technologies
    • Overview and discussion of Americans with Disabilities Act and Universal Design
  • Quality Assurance
    • Learners will be immersed in course design and instructional design best practices for teaching by selecting one of the following workshops to attend:
      • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)
      • Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)
      • A different workshop may be substituted, if approved by ITS
  • Payout of $2,000 upon successful completion of workshops

Phase II – 9 weeks

  • Instructional Technology Certificate Program (ITCP), which offers breakout sessions for face-to-face learning opportunities
    • Fundamentals of Teaching
      • F2F best practices
      • Blended/hybrid best practices
      • Online best practices
      • Communication
      • Syllabus creation
      • Learning outcomes (overview)
    • Incorporating Instructional Technologies
      • Learning Management System(s)
      • Synchronous vs. asynchronous communication
      • Multimedia (videos, podcasts, etc.)
      • Technology resources and accessibility
      • Active learning spaces
      • Classroom response systems
    • Course Design and Development
      • Content
      • Assessments
      • Learning activities
      • Accessibility
      • Interaction (student-student, student-content, student-instructor)
  • Electives, including face-to-face and webinar workshops offered by ITS and/or other approved workshops
  • Payout of $3,000 upon successful completion of program

Phase III – 6 months

  • PIs will meet with ITS Team
  • PIs will have one-on-one consultations with consultants and/or instructional designers
  • Quality assurance review of course will be completed based on custom guidelines/rubric
  • Payout of $5,000 upon meeting expectations of quality assurance guidelines/rubric