Each year we ask for feedback from faculty who attend our summer institutes–we’ve taken last years feedback (and some ideas of our own) to improve your experience for SIT 2018. Here’s what’s new and what’s changed.
Not everyone who teaches here at UD is on the faculty, but everyone who teaches has always been welcome at our events. That includes: graduate students, adjunct instructors, and staff who teach. By using the word “teaching” in our new title, we want to make sure that everyone who helps our Blue Hens be successful in the classroom is welcome to learn with us.
About the Institute Structure
Come for the community
One of our goals for the Summer Institute on Teaching is to bring instructors from across the university together as part of a larger community of educators. To do this, we’ve built a schedule that includes breakfast and lunch on both days, as well as a wine and cheese reception at the end of the first day. We encourage you to come for the whole institute, to meet and mingle with your colleagues, and to learn about new instructional strategies with and from instructors across our campus.
And then there were two (days)
We know that instructors here at UD have tremendous demands on their time, and that a three-day institute right after finals can be difficult to attend. We hear you! We’ve made the institute 2 days, and included a variety of session types based on your feedback. This year, you’ll be able to attend in the way that best suits your interests. We have 4 tracks, 2 keynote presentations, faculty panel discussions, hands-on workshops on technology and pedagogy, a poster and resource fair, and open consultation hours. There is truly something for everyone this year!
Tracks are back!
Due to popular demand, SIT has 4 tracks this year:
- Computational Reasoning
- Shrinking the Classroom
- Research In and About the Classroom
- Right Resources
Dive deep with our keynote presenters
- This year, each of our presenters will be offering a smaller break-out workshop on a topic related to their keynote presentations. In order to guarantee the best hands-on experience, these sessions will be capped at 45 participants. Pre-register in order to guarantee your spot!
- If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please make sure to register.
Document your commitment
As a thank you for making a commitment to improving the learning experience for our students, if you attend 5 or more hours of sessions you will receive a letter signed by the Office of the Provost documenting your participation. Participants may upload this document directly into their UDAcademe profile as proof of their professional development. Your letter will list all of the sessions that you attend, thanks to some new technology we are using this year. In order to make this happen, you must wear your name tag at all times on both days.