Teaching, Learning, and Innovation Summer Institute
General Education and High-Impact Practices
How do foundational courses develop students? abilities in research and inquiry, critical thinking and critical literacy, writing and communication, understanding perspectives different from their own, and integrative learning?
What do we know about effective strategies and high-impact learning experiences? How might we strengthen courses in the first two years to increase engagement in learning? How might we challenge and support students to deepen that intellectual engagement in more advanced courses?
2012's Teaching, Learning and Innovation Summer Institute (May 21-24) explored these key themes, with a particular focus on introductory and large enrollment courses as well as foundational courses of all sizes.
Faculty participants attended one of three programs that shared these larger questions and goals, each with a somewhat different emphasis:
- The Doyle Engaging Difference Program: Faculty fellows explore ways of integrating topics relating to diversity into their academic course content.
- The Bottlenecks and Thresholds Initiative (BTI): Faculty teams (pairs, trios, or more) work together to redesign key courses in the general education curriculum, especially by focusing on strategies for writing and research that address core disciplinary concepts and significant stumbling blocks that regularly prove challenging for students.
- Teaching, Learning, and Technology Initiative (TLT): Faculty participants explore how a range of emerging digital tools can realize course goals by reshaping how time is spent inside and outside of class and how students engage with course materials.