News & Stories From the FIC

Faculty Innovation Center Decemeber 2019 Newsletter

Dec. 3, 2019

We can't wait to see you at our holiday party on Dec. 11! Also, scroll down to hear reflections from ITL Symposium attendees and see a preview of spring 2020.

Faculty Innovation Center November 2019 Newsletter

Nov. 1, 2019

We are excited to send this edition of the FIC newsletter. And this month, we want to express our gratitude for you and your contributions to teaching and learning at UT Austin!

PTF Recruitment: Intent Forms Due Nov. 1

Oct. 10, 2019

The Provost Teaching Fellows (PTFs) have launched their annual recruitment process and are seeking UT faculty who are interested in joining our program. The program involves a four-year commitment to active participation in our faculty learning community and organization dedicated to improving teaching practice and campus climate at UT Austin. Fellows receive modest stipends in years 1-4 (pending continued funding), as well as funds to carry out individual projects that generate innovative teaching and programmatic models that are sustainable and scalable.

Using Videos to Create a “Culture of Learning” and Sense of Belonging

Oct. 7, 2019

Students in their first year at UT encounter many challenges that can make them feel alone in their struggles, even as others in their classes hide the same feelings. Many professors reach out to students to offer advice and tips, but it is human nature to focus foremost on the advice originating from people who are similar—in situation, status, etc.—and faculty do not always fit that demographic from the students’ perspective.

Faculty Innovation Center October 2019 Newsletter

Oct. 1, 2019

We hope you're settling in to productive and enjoyable routines. So...what happens when things do not go as planned?

Faculty Innovation Center September 2019 Newsletter

Sept. 11, 2019

Labor Day is behind us so we're off and running. There are many opportunities to explore new avenues in teaching and learning. Find one on our calendar that works for you!

Grading Made Easier

Sept. 9, 2019

Learn how using Gradescope can provide high quality, fast feedback to students while dramatically increasing grading efficiency of homework and exams.

Disability Studies Awareness Speaker Series Kicks Off

Sept. 7, 2019

The Disability Studies Awareness Speaker Series is a monthly event organized by the Texas Center for Disability Studies in partnership with colleges across the University of Texas.

Be Yourself and Learn Computer Science

Aug. 29, 2019

What do you do for fun?  Knit or sew?  Watch movies?  Read?  Play sports or video games?  Play an instrument?  Listen to music?  Dance?  Spend time with family and friends?

Now, think back to the last time you thought about STEM: science, technology, engineering, or math.  Did it give you as much joy as your favorite activities?

"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.