News from the FIC

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.

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.

No Gravity: Facilitating Open-Ended Classroom Discussion

Jan. 18, 2019

I’ve often found it both fun and useful to give students a problem for which there are no wrong answers. It just lets them wander a bit to explore ideas and see how one concept might lead to another.

This is something I particularly like to do on the opening day of class. An exercise like this can be a fun icebreaker and can set the tone for the rest of a course: this is a class where you need to be creative, explore ideas, share ideas that might be a little silly at times, and engage in group problem solving.

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.   

Addressing Title IX Concerns in the Classroom

Dec. 15, 2018

Maggie Campbell, Title IX Deputy, recommends adding specific language in syllabi provides advice to faculty and instructors for handling Title IX situations to build a better community.

The BeaUTiful Campaign: Undergraduate Research and Public Health

Dec. 7, 2018

For the final project in our "Introduction to Public Health" class in Public Health at UT, we were asked to team up and present an issue in public health at the end of the semester.  Teams needed to collaborate with organizations or professionals in an effort to create an impact within the community.  For example, some teams presenting about healthier food choices reached out to local markets in an effort to create a farmer’s market stand on campus.

Teaching and Learning Design News (Fall 2018)

Dec. 1, 2018

During the fall semester, members of the Teaching and Learning Design (TLD) team were involved in a number of different projects, initiatives, and research efforts.


Tilting the Classroom: On Lecturing and Student Engagement

Nov. 2, 2018

Not long ago, I encountered the term “flipping” to describe the pedagogic strategy whereby students are asked to engage in the active problem-solving in class that is normally reserved for time outside of lecture. The idea of flipping made me think about the dynamics of my own classroom and the strategies I employ to try to build and maintain student engagement during lectures.

Supporting Sophomores: Interview with Barbara Tobolowsky (UT-Arlington)

Oct. 5, 2018

How do support sophomore or second-year students and how do we identify areas that need additional support at the institutional level?  The FIC had the opportunity to interview Dr. Barbara Tobolowsky at the University of Texas at Arlington and talk about her book, "Helping Sophomores Succeed."  From 2002-2009, Dr. Tobolowsky was the Associate Director at the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, which is focused on student success into and through higher education.

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.