News Category: Instructional Practices

Digital Teaching Support for Fall 2021

Aug. 19, 2021

In preparation for fall 2020, the UT teaching and learning community developed a wealth of resources to get us through the pandemic. We dove back into those resources, many featured on our FIC Commons site, and extracted some that may be helpful for instructors juggling course modalities in the first few weeks of classes to meet health and safety needs. 

2020-2021 Faculty Grant Showcase

April 8, 2021

On Febraruy 26, 2021 the FIC hosted the annual Grants Showcase, which invites current recipients of the FIC’s Undergraduate Teaching Grants, Instructor Learning Community Grants, and the DIY Microgrants to share their project outcomes and future goals.

Back to School 2021 is Jan. 12

Jan. 8, 2021

We want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. Your partnership in support of UT Austin's instructional mission gives us much hope for the work we will do together in 2021.

RSVP for Oct. 27 & 29 ITL Symposium

Oct. 23, 2020

Please join us for the sixth biannual Inclusive Teaching and Learning Symposium, taking place on October 27 and 29 from 9:00am-12:30pm. 

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.

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.

A Pedagogical Quest: My Experience with the Faculty Innovation Center

Feb. 8, 2019

When I joined the Army in 2006, entering the United States Military Academy as a Cadet, I never dreamt that I would one day be teaching at an institution of higher education. I was fortunate to be chosen by the Army to teach at the University of Texas at Austin and have been teaching since August of 2017. I quickly learned however, the Army method of instruction and collegiate instruction were more than slightly different.

Introducing Context: Experiential Learning in Civil Engineering

Jan. 11, 2019

How are faculty at UT-Austin designing experiential learning with real-world characteristics for students?  The following news post is an edited version of an interview conducted by the FIC with Dr. Amit Bhasin and Dr. Stephen Boyles (Cockrell School of Engineering) in which they discuss the ways they redesigned a Civil Engineering course to take advantage of these opportunities.   

The 4th Box: Visualizing an Inclusive Classroom

Sept. 28, 2018

How we talk about diversity and inclusivity matters. Do you see inclusivity as a hurdle to overcome? An invitation to a table? What about as a baseball game? This August, the Faculty Innovation Center was fortunate to have this conversation during a workshop with a group of Fulbright Scholars visiting from Iraq.

Healthcare, Empathy, and the Art of Attention

Sept. 14, 2018

How might we characterize the benefits of interdisciplinary programs for students, faculty and the university? In the following video, Dr. Phillip Barrish (English, Humanities Institute) considers this question and discusses the ways in which initiatives in "health humanities" at UT are developing important cross-campus conversations and opportunities for students.