The Faculty Innovation Center has undertaken ambitious goals and made significant progress during our first year.
As part of Project 2021, we spearheaded the University’s initiative to redesign degree programs, partnering with 16 departments and Colleges/Schools to support the examination and reconfiguration of what and how their students learn.
We are building strong working relationships with other administrative offices and personnel critical to navigating—and changing—the policies that hinder bold curriculum redesign.
During the academic year, we engaged directly with 1362 unique members of the UT Austin instructional community, providing support for experimentation with new teaching techniques and course design, as well as venues for discussing mutual challenges and successes.
We strengthened long-term programs and partnerships such as our Graduate Student Development program and the Provost’s Teaching Fellows, and developed new programs, such as a package of Faculty Innovation Grants that supports instructors all over campus who have ideas and energy to improve teaching and learning.
We developed a suite of digital resources to extend our reach and meet faculty where they are with quick teaching tips, deep dives into thoughtful design of learning experiences—rich with local examples of great work—and tools to visualize and analyze the content of entire curricula.