News from the FIC

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.

Olá, Brasil!: Intercultural Learning at a Distance in Global Classrooms

June 1, 2018

It is always challenging to create a new course. When we try to include course components where UT students have live interactions with non-UT students abroad through technology, we unavoidably insert additional layers of complexity into the process. 

Exploring New Pedagogies: Graduate Teaching Showcase (2018)

May 28, 2018

On Friday, March 23, 2018, the Faculty Innovation Center’s Graduate Student Development (GSD) team partnered with the University of Texas Libraries to host the second Graduate Teaching Showcase, an event aimed at highlighting strong graduate student teaching at UT by giving selected graduate students a chance to share their teaching skills and insights with the broader UT community.

New Approaches to Mentoring International Graduate Students: The 'Connect' Program

April 27, 2018

This spring, five UT undergraduate students are serving as ambassadors to a place they know well – the Forty Acres. Now in its second year, the Graduate Student Development team (GSD) in the Faculty Innovation Center offers “ITA/UTA Connect,” a program that connects undergraduate teaching ambassadors (UTAs) with small groups of international teaching assistants (ITAs) to provide information about teaching and UT undergraduate life.

Creating An Inclusive Campus: The "Voices Against Violence" Program at UT

April 20, 2018

Inclusive teaching means slowing down. Rushing, skipping, glossing over: these are the ways in which we can forget, ignore, marginalize and hurt. Social justice facilitator and writer adrienne maree brown writes in her most recent book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds about adjusting to a “slower self." A “self” that is intentional, sustainable, and connected.

Building Together: Experiential Learning Across the Disciplines

April 13, 2018

How do we bring students together to address real world issues and give them experience working in interdisciplinary teams?  A core hallmark of experiential learning involves giving students the opportunity to see how their work in the classroom can have a real impact on contemporary issues and concerns.  At UT-Austin, faculty members are exploring ways in which students can not only see how their work could have an impact, but also how they might work across disciplines and in a context that they are likely to encounter in their future professions.  

Designing New Curricular Pathways in the School of Journalism

March 16, 2018

The Faculty Innovation Center recently had a conversation with Kathleen McElroy, Associate Director of the School of Journalism, about her experiences so far in the curricula redesign effort currently underway in the School of Journalism in the Moody College of Communication here at UT.  Today's American universities and colleges face a challenge: how to prepare students for a changing world and how to do that in a way that is financially responsible for students and financially viable for those institutions.

All the Classroom's a Stage: Performance Training for Instructors

Feb. 23, 2018

The Second Annual "Eyes on Teaching" took place in nearly 100 classrooms across the UT campus over the course of two days earlier this month. The event was presented by the Provost's Teaching Fellows and The Faculty Innovation Center and its purpose is to provide UT instructors, graduate instructors, and instructional support staff the opportunity to sit in someone else's classroom, observe, and experience their teaching.

Level Up: Engaging Students Online with Digital Badges

Feb. 2, 2018

How do you motivate students in an asynchronous online course? Ben Bays, an instructor in the Department of Radio, Television, and Film, talks about engaging students and motivating them to go above and beyond standard course requirements through the use of an online badging application. In Ben's case, he's using an application called Badgr.  Badgr integrates seamlessly with Canvas and is easy to set up. There are both free and paid versions. 

Placing Students at the Center

Jan. 30, 2018

For me, inclusive teaching means thinking about who is included—and excluded—from curricular materials. Part of the experience of teaching for me goes back to my earliest days as a student. In high school, I didn't envision a path to college, but I had exemplary mentors. I managed to arrive at UT in fall 1990, thinking that I had what it took to be successful. A few months later, I was certain that my college experience was going to come to an abrupt end. As a first generation, African American male from a moderate-income background, I felt like an outlier on campus.