Great minds collaborating to create new online and blended courses is the focus of the third annual UNC Instructional Innovation Incubator (i3@UNC) co-hosted by Winston-Salem State University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and the University of North Carolina’s Office of Learning Technology and Innovation from June 1-8, 2016.
WSSU Chancellor Elwood Robinson will welcome the fellows at an opening ceremony at the Center for Design Innovation (CDI) and deliver a keynote presentation on teaching and learning innovation. All events related to the fellowship program will be held at CDI. Fellows will receive certificates at the conclusion of the program signed by UNC system President Margaret Spellings.
Tiffany Baffour, Director of CETL and Program Director of i3@UNC, said, “WSSU is honored to partner with faculty and staff colleagues from across the UNC system. This program is about excellence in online and blended instruction, a value shared by colleagues across UNC institutions.”
This year, 36 i3 faculty fellows from 13 UNC institutions were selected to work with instructional developers, designers, and technologists to create new online and blended courses. Over the course of a week, fellows will work together with leading national and state experts to build high quality learning experiences for UNC system students.
Seven WSSU faculty members were selected for the this class of i3@UNC fellows: Stephen Aragon, Manjunatha Bhat, Montrale Boykin, Vanessa Duren-Winfield, Elizabeth Fain, Hayley Jackson-Figueroa, and Jeffrey Overholt.
Dr. Bhat, a 2016 Board of Governor’s Teaching Award recipient, said he was thrilled to be taking part in this year’s i3@UNC workshop at WSSU. “As an i3@UNC fellow, I will have a chance to collaborate with peers from other UNC schools as well as national experts in instructional design to develop and improve courses that I teach at WSSU,” said Bhat. “I am currently using a few active and adaptive learning technologies. I look forward to learning about additional innovative teaching and learning tools and best practices to incorporate in my courses.”
The University of North Carolina’s Office of Learning Technology and Innovation coordinates i3@UNC in partnership with constituent institutions. “i3@UNC supports instructional innovation at a moment of creative freedom for faculty, when they are building a new course,” said Matthew Rascoff, UNC’s Vice President for Learning Technology and Innovation. “That is when they are most open to new ideas about teaching and learning, and most in need of technical support, feedback, and collaborative opportunities,” he said.