Academic Affairs

Innovation Academy

Registration deadline: March 20, 2024
Course Capacity: 50 seats
Eligibility: All T/TT, FTT (at least 50% FTE) and adjunct faculty are eligible to apply and receive the incentive. Instructors with Assistantship titles, staff, or previous recipients of a stipend for this incentive are eligible to apply, but ineligible to receive the incentive.

Course Description

Join us in discovering the transformative potential within these realms for the benefit of your students.  The Innovation Academy invites faculty members to begin a journey of exploration, uncovering the connections between fostering a sense of belonging, leveraging technology for effective teaching, incorporating experiential learning, and designing student-centered classrooms.  

Committed to providing a transformative experience, the academy is tailored to give educators valuable moments for reflection, collaboration, and exploration of innovative teaching methods.  

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:  

  • CLO 1 Recognize the relationship between building a sense of belonging, utilizing technology, implementing experiential learning, and creating student-centered classrooms. 
  • CLO 2 Apply universal teaching practices and design for learning that leverage technology to enhance belonging and engagement. 
  • CLO 3 Incorporate experiential learning opportunities to build connections between the classroom and careers.  
  • CLO 4 Develop a sustainable teaching approach to create an enriched educational experience for students. 

Learn more via this Innovation Academy Reimagined page.

Please come prepared and ready to work on the implementation of your plan

Course Format

The course is offered in a hybrid format ensuring accessibility for all without any prerequisites. Participants will be engaged in 4 live synchronous sessions facilitated by Dr. Luca Pozzi and the Teaching, Learning and Digital Transformation team. Participants are also expected to work autonomously on the asynchronous course components focused on activities that will help them create content and activities for their own courses. 

Course Calendar

Academy Schedule: 

  • Monday, March 25th, 10 am – 11 am: Hybrid Live Session 1+ (optional 45-minute working meeting from 11:15 am – 12 pm, in-person only) | Start Module 1: Building a Sense for Belonging 
  • Monday, April 1st: Start Module 2 | Teaching with Technology  
  • Wednesday, April 3rd, 2 pm – 3 pm: Hybrid Live Session 2 + (optional 45-minute working meeting from 3:15 pm – 4 pm, in-person only) 
  • Monday, April 8th at 10 am – 11 am: Hybrid Live Session 3 + (optional 45-minute working meeting from 11:15 am – 12 pm, in-person only) |Start Module 3: Experiential learning and Building Classroom to Career Opportunities 
  • Monday, April 15th: Start Module 4 | Student-Centered Design 
  • Wednesday, April 17th at 2 pm – 3 pm: Hybrid Live Session 4 + (optional 45-minute working meeting from 3:15 pm – 4 pm, in-person only) 
  • Monday, April 29th: Innovation Project due 

Time Commitment and Course Completion Requirements

The time commitment for this course is estimated to be 10 - 15 hours. (4 hours for live sessions, 8 hours for modules, and 1 hour for consultation). 

To receive the certificate of completion and the one-time incentive, you must complete the following by April 29, 2024:  

  • Complete the four self-paced modules in Canvas
  • Submit an Innovation Project (there are two options for submitting, select one)
    • Option 1: In groups (2-4) or individually, design an innovation project relevant to the subject matter. Each group or individual will present their project plan, emphasizing how it promotes critical thinking and experiential learning.     
    • Option 2: Create a 10 – 15-minute video sharing your innovation project, describing the plan for integrating two new instructional elements/practices in your work. 

Incentives/Certifications upon Completion

Upon completion of all requirements, participants will receive a certificate of completion and a one-time incentive of $500. 

Contact Information

Contact Jess Gonzales, Learning Experience Designer in the office of Teaching, Learning & Digital Transformation if you have any questions. 

Link to Enroll

Login and Enroll to Express Interest. Expect a follow-up survey to confirm participation.