The iTech Fellows Initiative is a collaboration between the Executive Vice Chancellor's Office, our academic programs, the Office of Academic Innovation, and the Faculty Resource Center. Participants work together in an intensive examination of online pedagogy, and then work to infuse digital engagement and new teaching practices into their courses using:
- research-based best practices,
- UW's new Learning Management System, Canvas, and other UWT supported tools
- peer review using the nationally recognized QM Rubric.
On completion of the workshop, participants develop a course and request peer review with one required Fellow from the Faculty Resource Center and another Fellow of your choice. More than 100 UWT iTech Fellows continue to meet as a community of practice and to advise UW Tacoma' Office of Academic Innovation and the Faculty Resource Center on effective practice for teaching and learning.
Instructors teaching either hybrid or online courses should have gone through iTech Fellows and peer review.
To assist faculty in meeting the new faculty-approved process for acquiring Distance Learning (DL) Designation, we have provided a more convenient method of iTech completion. The new structure consists of three components:
- an online pre-workshop (completed the week prior to meeting)
- a one-day intensive face-to-face meeting
- an online post-workshop (completed the week following meeting)
Participants MUST have the permission of their Dean/Director to offer the course online, MUST be available for the full-day workshop and their chosen course must pass peer review. Post workshop, each participant will work with two peer reviewers to QM review their newly designed hybrid/online course. In acknowledgment of the work and value in adopting new pedagogy, participants receive a $1,000 stipend.
At the end of the workshop, participants will receive half of their stipend ($500) from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. The balance of stipend ($500) is received on successful completion of peer review and is paid by your school or program. It is on this completion of peer review that participants are designated iTech Fellows, Successful completion of peer review (pass all 3-point criteria, and an overall score > 81 pts.) completes the requirement for designation as an iTech Fellow. Participants also commit to teaching the course in online or hybrid format within the next year. With a growing community of resident iTech Fellows, UW Tacoma is creating increased access, innovation and student success via the design of new pedagogy and practice. Join us!
NEXT Cohort: December 16, 2019
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