Course Innovation Grants: Implementing a Successful Professional Development Plan
Concurrent Session 3
How does an institution encourage a culture of technology-driven pedagogical experimentation? This session examines how NYU Steinhardt designed a school-wide framework supporting faculty to develop high-quality, technology-enhanced courses within an 8 week period.
The Course Information Grant is an eight week professional development program to support technology-based enhancements for existing undergraduate and graduate courses. The program was piloted in summer 2015. Thirteen faculty whose proposals were accepted from over 35 applications received a stipend to work weekly with Steinhardt's academic technology team to develop high-fidelity solutions for content delivery, collaborative learning environments, and evaluation and assessment.
This presentation explores the core components of the CIG model; it is premised on the view that to create a fully immersive and seamless learning experience with technology requires two parallel forms of support. The first form of support provides multiple resources - technical infrastructure, technical support, design specialists, platforms options - for course production and project management. The second form of support provides the faculty member and academic technologist with a framework to undertake an explicit analysis of pedagogical goals and strategies, with careful attention to curriculum design and an understanding of how various technologies change the learning experience, including the places of learning and the roles and responsibilities of instructors and students.