News & Stories From the FIC

"Plus-One" Thinking: A Framework for Inclusive Teaching

June 6, 2019

Next week the Faculty Innovation Center is hosting the Big XII Teaching and Learning Conference, and one of our fabulous keynotes is Thomas J. Tobin. I first had the fortunate opportunity to meet Tom during an Educause course he taught on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Since that time, Tom has modeled for me, as he does for countless others, how to effectively and innovatively implement UDL in higher education.

Interview with Emily Drabinski (Big 12 Keynote)

June 4, 2019

This summer, the Faculty Innovation Center is pleased to host the Big 12 Teaching and Learning conference on the campus of UT-Austin.  We recently had the opportunity to interview one of our keynote speakers, Emily Drabinski, on topics related to higher education and critical information studies.

Upcoming "Academic Job Preparation Series" Sessions

May 24, 2019

This summer, the Graduate Career & Professional Development office at UT (with the Faculty Innovation Center acting as a co-sponser) is offering a series of workshops on preparing for the academic job search.  Please feel free to register for the first workshop, "Navigating the Academic Job Search at Research, Teaching, and Private Institutions," through this registration link.

COERLL Hosting an Open Educational Resources Hangout

May 14, 2019

The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) is hosting an OER Hangout (a discussion-based webinar) on June 3rd at 3pm. Join us to hear how engagement with OER and/or OEP influenced the teaching practices of four language instructors. There will be a 25 minute presentation segment, and the rest of the hour will be for questions and discussion. 

Othering, Belonging, and Gathering at UT and Beyond

May 13, 2019

This April I had the opportunity to attend the Othering and Belonging 2019 Conference, hosted by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California-Berkeley. The three-day, biennial conference focuses on what the Haas Institute’s mission to investigate social hierarchies based on power differentials and resource access (you can find more about the Haas Institute and the Othering and Belonging Journal here).

Visiting Scholars in the FIC (Summer 2019)

May 6, 2019

This summer, we are pleased to welcome two visiting scholars who will be working on projects related to recent initiatives in the FIC.

Interview with Adashima Oyo (HASTAC Scholars Director and Big 12 Keynote)

April 26, 2019

This summer, the Faculty Innovation Center is pleased to host the Big 12 Teaching and Learning conference on the campus of UT-Austin.  We recently had the opportunity to interview one of our keynote speakers, Adashima Oyo, on topics related to higher education issues and graduate student professional development.

FIC Hosts Workshops on Experiential Learning

April 22, 2019

On Friday, April 19, the FIC partnered with the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) to host the first Experiential Learning Workshop. 35 attendees from across the campus, including Provost Maurie McInnis, gathered to discuss experiential learning. The workshop was the first in a series that will continue for several semesters.

New CIO Discusses Instructional Technology

April 15, 2019

On April 12, the new Chief Information Officer, Chris Sedore, visited a meeting of the Technology-Enhanced Learning community and discussed the ways in which campus IT can support and expand opportunities for instructional technology. 

2019 Graduate Teaching Showcase: From Cookbook Labs to Difficult Conversations

April 5, 2019

On Friday, March 29th, over 60 faculty, staff, and graduate students from more than 30 departments and units on campus gathered to celebrate strong graduate student teaching at UT at the 2019 Graduate Student Showcase. The Showcase was presented by the Faculty Innovation Center, in partnership with UT Libraries and the Graduate School.