|Support for summer course development continues|
In 2010 many of us are looking ahead to summer months during which course development will occupy a significant portion of our time. For example, you will be teaching a new course in the fall, and would really like to develop some innovative ways of helping your students gain necessary knowledge while actively building their thinking and information literacy skills. You’ve struggled with a course you’ve taught a number of times that needs reworking, and there are some strong approaches to student engagement that would really suit the subject matter, but to date you haven’t had time to do the redesign. You want to move components of your traditional campus course online to make more time in class for active learning. But you don’t want to sacrifice any of your higher learning goals in the hybridization process and need to develop exercises and assessments that ensure nothing gets lost.
Summer Instructional Development Professorships (SIDPs) are intended to fund course development projects such as these. The four-week ($4,000) stipends support work grounded in sound teaching practices that goes beyond normal course development (for example, the program does not fund updating of course content) and focuses on enhancing student learning. The deadline for summer 2010 SIDPs is noon, March 1. So go to email@example.com, choose the “Funding for Faculty” link, or go directly to http://www.und.edu/dept/oid/funding_sidp.htm and look into the SIDP guidelines. If you have any questions, please e-mail or call Anne Kelsch.
-- Anne Kelsch, director of Instructional Development, Office of Instructional Development, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4233