NY6 Faculty Development Institute - Summer 2020

Make Next Year Special: Think Outside the Box - Apply by June 17th

Our NY6 colleagues at Union College have graciously invited all faculty of the NY6 to apply to participate in their annual Faculty Development Institute (FDI). The FDI at Union is currently in its 5th year, due to the popularity and positive feedback from faculty participants. This is an exceptional opportunity for you to prepare and evolve your teaching practice to adapt to the range of potential modalities being discussed for the coming academic year. The theme for this years FDI is “Make Next Year Special: Think Outside the Box,” where faculty are being asked to think creatively in order to imagine “multiple tomorrows” for Academic Year 2020-21.

As a faculty member, you are an instructional designer, so add that to your (already large) job description. Most professors begin teaching without any formal training in curriculum development, the science of how people learn, or the science of how to teach for how people learn, also called pedagogy. Even K–12 teachers are rarely taught curriculum development; they take one course, if that, in their teacher prep programs which include undergrad and grad. In this self-paced and interactive course, you’ll explore content from the learning sciences about the best practices of teaching and learning design. The course is designed to be completed over a 2-week period, roughly 2 hours a day. There are four modules and a final project, with new modules released every two days. The course is self-paced, so you may opt in as much or as little as you choose. Enrollment in this online course is limited to 10 faculty per NY6 institution. 

The core online curriculum is supplemented by a series of online, live workshops faculty can pick and choose from that best suit their interests and needs. Sample workshops include:

  • Designing Outdoor Activities and Assignments
  • Peer Learning
  • Making Groupwork Work
  • Collaborative Reading with Perusall
  • Active/Experiential Learning
  • Promoting Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Resilience
  • Reacting to the Past (game/simulation curricula from Barnard)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Teaching in Online Environments

Faculty who complete the four modules and develop a course revision plan will receive a book tailored towards his/her instructional needs/interests.

Sign-up Here for the Summer 2020 FDI (Deadline for application is June 17, 2020!)


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