The Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment offers two grant-based workshops each year: the Faculty Development Summer Grant Workshop and the Blended/Online Learning Workshop. These supportive learning opportunities help faculty integrate new pedagogies and technologies into their courses while exploring course design principles.
Two blended/online workshops are offered during the winter quarter: a five-week intensive option and a two-week repeatable option. These workshops are intended for any instructor interested in learning about blended or online instruction, experiencing the technologies and course formats first-hand, and exploring the possibilities with colleagues. After completing the workshop(s), participants will be able to:
Model instructional design in planning, organizing, and developing course materials.
Evaluate, select, and implement strategies for designing and delivering a blended/online course.
Experiment with tools and technologies for blended/online delivery.
Analyze benefits and challenges with online/blended delivery.
With support from the Office of the Provost, representatives from the Center for Instructional Innovation & Assessment (CIIA), Academic Technology & User Services (ATUS), and Outreach & Continuing Education (OCE) provide stipends of $500 for the 5-week workshop and $200 for the 2-week workshop to each workshop participant.
In this workshop during the summer term, faculty redesign their courses using new technologies or transform their core course text with alternative digital textbooks. In the last three years, the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment has offered two different tracks for this workshop--the course transformation track and the curricular materials track. Faculty in the course transformation track will experiment with blended and online learning, do a deep dive into specific Canvas features, think through major assessments and projects in alignment to course goals and objectives. Faculty in the curricular transformation covers key topics such as licensing, modifying OER texts, and publishing OER texts with the goal of producing a new and improved free, alternative textbook for students.
All faculty in either track explore new technologies for large and small classes. Faculty are given the opportunity to work collaboratively and share ideas/questions with each other to enhance course design overall. Faculty then work on the redesign of their course over the summer with access to additional research and development support through the CIIA and ATUS.
The Center for Instructional Innovation & Assessment presents the availability of a limited number of summer grants for Western faculty who wish to enhance their courses. Awards of $4,000 are dependent upon support from several key offices, including the CIIA, ATUS, Outreach and Continuing Education, the Library, and the Provost, as well as via the Student Technology Fee. Departments and colleges also often co-sponsor the stipends as a way to offer the learning opportunity to additional instructors. Offerings vary depending on annual commitments.