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Faculty Skill Development

The Office of the Provost, Analytics and Technologies (AT) and the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) invite faculty to apply for admission to UK’s eLearning Innovation + Design Lab. Participants in these programs will be asked to participate in an intensive faculty development program, join one of two Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) on Online and Blended Learning Innovation to share best practices in learning and teaching, commit to future related research (if applicable), and apply new skills and knowledge gained from this program within their teaching practice.

Program Objectives

  • Improve student learning outcomes, student success, engagement and retention by leveraging innovative pedagogies and learning technologies
  • Enhance UK curricular offerings through creative course design and application of learning technologies
  • Continue commitment and overall support for UK faculty development
  • Support departments and faculty who wish to expand instructional methods
  • Implement quality assurance methodology for developing high quality instruction
  • Develop faculty-driven Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) projects to promote reflective & research-driven teaching and learning practices at the University of Kentucky

Innovative & Active Teaching Core Workshop:

All faculty participants in the eLearning Innovation + Design Lab will participate in workshops where they will learn about a wide range of innovative pedagogical approaches and available teaching and learning technologies. Participants will apply these toward creating engaging courses, interacting effectively with students, and ensuring that students achieve the learning objectives for their courses. The eLearning Innovation + Design Lab will prepare faculty for applying teaching methodologies and innovative technologies across multiple teaching modalities and environments to help support student engagement and learning through hands-on and active exploration of these tools and strategies. Participants will explore research-supported teaching strategies and learn how to incorporate these into their courses in order to strengthen student success and retention. Technologies supporting the implementation of these teaching and learning methods will be used by participants within the context of their individual courses, disciplines and interests.

Faculty Community 1:  Online Learning

Online Learning Track Details

  • Incentives for faculty skill development
  • Up to 100 faculty participant stipends over 2 fiscal years
  • $4,000 for each faculty participant
  • 30-hour program scheduled to meet the needs of each cohort, with face-to-face and online learning options built in.
  • Ongoing participation in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) centered on online learning and teaching.

Online Learning Track Description

  • Faculty participants in the eLearning Course will learn the basic fundamentals of designing, developing, and delivery of a quality fully online course. Participants will learn about available technologies and will apply these toward creating engaging courses, interacting effectively with students, and ensuring that students achieve the learning objectives for their courses.
  • The Online Learning Track will be taught in an online delivery model based on the Quality Matters methodology. During the online sessions, course facilitators will interact with faculty using synchronous and asynchronous technology to replicate the experience of an eLearning student. Participants are encouraged to bring innovative pedagogy, learning strategies and materials developed during the Core Workshop to develop during the course. A Faculty Learning Community will be developed for participants in this track to continue to explore innovative online teaching methods and technologies. After completing the course, participants will receive a stipend along with a certificate of completion.

Faculty Community 2: Blended Learning

Blended Learning Track Details

  • Incentives for faculty skill development
  • Up to 100 faculty participant stipends over 2 fiscal years
  • $4,000 for each faculty participant
  • 30-hour program scheduled to meet the needs of each cohort, with face-to-face and online learning options built in.
  • Ongoing participation in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) centered on blended (or hybrid) learning and teaching.

Blended Learning Track Description

Faculty participants in the Blended Learning Track will learn the basic fundamentals of designing, developing, and delivery of a quality blended (or hybrid) learning course that meets in some mixture of face-to-face (f2f) and online environments. Participants will learn about available technologies and will apply these toward creating engaging courses, interacting effectively with students, and ensuring that students achieve the learning objectives for their courses.

The Blended (or Hybrid) Learning Track will be taught in a blended delivery model with face-to-face and online components. Participants will meet in different classrooms, labs and collaboration spaces across campus showcasing the various technologies available to them. A Faculty Learning Community will be developed for participants in this track to continue to explore innovative blended (or hybrid) teaching methods and technologies. Participants are encouraged to bring innovative pedagogy, learning strategies and materials developed during the Core Workshop to develop during the course. After completing the course, participants will receive a stipend along with a certification of completion.