Exciting new projects from Academic Affairs include:
- The Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) has released a number of videos and other recorded resources for faculty use. Some examples include recordings of student-faculty roundtables, a series of master teaching videos in the classroom, presentations and panels. For a detailed list of videos and resources, visit the CET website.
- The Faculty Development Grants and Awards Committee (previously known as the Teaching Institute) have released new meeting dates for Fall 2014. For a complete schedule, and more information on 2014-15 Faculty Development Grants and Awards, visit the Center for Excellence in Teaching.
Rationale for co-teaching: Identify the specific learning opportunities afforded to students that co-teaching provides which would not be achieved without co-teaching. Identify pedagogical practices (if any) within this particular co-teaching experience which will positively impact the professional growth of the teachers involved. Describe the assessment plan co-teachers will use to evaluate the effectiveness of the co-teaching experience. Keeping in mind that the assessment component is to evaluate the effectiveness of the co-teaching experience:
Build your rubric to:
- Assess how the proposed course integrated insights from multiple discipline/perspectives.
- Assess how the course helped students integrate multiple perspectives to develop a fuller understanding of the content.
- Assess how the course's learning outcomes made explicit the interdisciplinary focus of the course and to what extent students (and teachers) were able to achieve learning outcomes.
Experimental interdisciplinary courses will be assessed at the conclusion of each semester in which the courses are offered. A plan for how these pilot courses will be assessed is to be developed by the authoring faculty and shared with Academic Affairs and the UCE at the beginning of each semester. Assessments should be linked to units of study, their products and the manner in which the product (creativity) is to be presented.
The College Wide Curriculum Committee has developed suggested guidelines for submission of interdisciplinary courses. If you are interested in developing an interdisciplinary course to be co-taught, the following 3 areas should be included as part of your course proposal submission.
- How the interdisciplinary, co-taught course provides students with specific learning opportunities that would not be achieved through traditional methods.
- How the proposed course will integrate multiple disciplines and perspectives into the overall learning outcomes.
- How the course helps students to integrate these multiple perspectives into a cohesive understanding of the content.
Additionally, the office of Academic Affairs requests that each proposed course contain a plan developed by the teachers to assess the effectiveness of the co-teaching experience.
- For the most up-to-date information about grant opportunities, see the Grants Digest
- Restructuring of FIT's General Education Curriculum policy. For more information, see this memo from the Office of Academic Affairs, dated March 17, 2014.
- Update on Academic Program & General Education Review for AY2014-15
FIT faculty are encouraged to apply to Fulbright's specialist program, a two to six week experience in a selected institution abroad. The FSP grant aims to exchange expertise and and build collaborations between US faculty and international partners on curriculum, faculty development, and institutional planning. Background on the FSP grant and application information can be found here: www.fitnyc.edu/22100.asp
In Fall 2014, the two-year Bachelor's Degree online program in International Trade and Marketing goes live. For more information, visit the office of Online Learning.
By Summer 2015, FIT will complete the transition from ANGEL to Blackboard. All courses and groups will be housed in Blackboard, which has many exciting new features such as enhanced rubrics, easier grading, and a better content editor.