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Have you found a new rhythm in our world turned upside down? Are you getting comfortable with remote teaching and learning? We hope strategies are emerging that work for you and your students! The FIC is here whether you are feeling better or still looking for solid ground.

Our clickable list of opportunities for this week:

 



Join us for the next session in the series on Friday, April 17. Instructors have had to generate new resources so quickly -- come to this discussion about simplifying our processes. Thank you in advance, Dr. Osier!

RTS RSVP

 



See all of the videos and descriptions on our website! Now in its fourth year, GTS 2020 shined a spotlight on a range of topics and issues that graduate student instructors encounter in their classrooms: from broad, philosophical questions about pedagogy to discrete, immediate concerns about students’ learning. Seven graduate students from across campus were selected to present at the Showcase. The Showcase brings together a variety of people from across disciplines and different roles on campus; over 60 people, including faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students, from over 25 departments and units on campus came to the event. 

 



There continue to be a variety of online sessions to help you assemble a technology toolbox.

  • Panopto | Recording presentations & host media created elsewhere. Searchable transcripts and slides. | Many upcoming sessions
  • ClioVis | Create timelines, mindmaps & network visualizations. Help students improve research & cite sources. | April 16
  • Adapting Summer Courses for Remote Teaching in Canvas | Announcements, Zoom (synchronous), Panopto/Snagit (asynchronous), Files, Discussions, Assignments/Quizzes, Modules | Many upcoming sessions
  • Canvas Quizzes + Proctorio | Canvas quiz creation & remote proctoring options | Many upcoming sessions

 


ITL Symposium

On Wednesday, April 22 the Faculty Innovation Center will be hosting our biannual Inclusive Teaching and Learning Symposium in an abbreviated virtual format. Over the course of this extended brown-bag lunch, we will explore and discuss topics over three 45-minute sessions, facilitated by some of our campus community members:

11:00-11:45am
Inclusive Teaching and Learning for Remote Instruction: How can we continue to center inclusivity and accessibility in our virtual learning environments? Co-Facilitated by Steve Lundy, Project Manager and Lecturer, LAITS and Sarah Le Pichon, Graduate Student, French

12:00-12:45pm
Staying Connected: What does socially distanced community-building look like? Facilitated by Shavonne Coleman, Voices Against Violence Theatre for Dialogue Specialist, Theatre for Dialogue Program

1:00-1:45pm
Diversity/Equity/Inclusion/Access Support Across Campus: What strategies are UT organizations and centers focused on DEIA using to stay engaged with students during the campus closure? Facilitated by Tricia Berry, Director, Women in Engineering Program

We hope you will join us for one or all of these discussions. You can RSVP here, and send any questions or requests for accommodations to Sarah Schoonhoven.

 


Due to the transition to remote teaching, we are extending the deadline for Undergraduate Teaching Grants and Instructor Learning Community Grants. The new deadline is now April 19 and awards will be announced April 29.

 


FIC Partner News

UT Libraries
The University of Texas Libraries continues to serve our users during these difficult times.  Librarians are working with faculty to provide remote instruction for courses, and providing virtual research assistance to faculty and students.  In addition to our regular vast collection of online resources, we have worked with publishers to make many more available temporarily to support research and teaching needs. Visit our Remote Library Services and Resources page for more information and contact us directly.

Office of Instructional Innovation (Education)
Don't miss the UT News article documenting the ways our OII colleagues in the College of Education stepped up to help their faculty. #Kudos #InstructionalContinuity!

iSchool IT Lab
Another group of FIC colleagues makes their professional homes at the iSchool IT Lab. Our partnership to deliver nearly 20 Panopto sessions has introduced UT Austin instructors to an important tool at this critical time. IT Lab folks have been doing online learning for a long time, and we’re grateful for their endurance and readiness to serve the campus at this moment. #gratitude #KeepTeaching!

Longhorn Wellness Center
As part of UT's Mental Health Promotion Week, the Longhorn Wellness Center is hosting four different virtual/online sessions. One of these is a panel discussion with several of the faculty who are collaborating with our Texas Well-being project. It's going to be this Thursday, April 16, from 12:30-1:45. Here's the Zoom link for the event.


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April 14, 2020