The Faculty First Program is a an annual instructional development program that supports the UTK faculty's effective
uses of technology in teaching. This is accomplished by forming a long-term partnership between a faculty member and OIT to develop digital instructional materials or to reshape an entire course. The program runs from February to December.
You offer the content and serve as a subject matter expert, and OIT staff will do the development for you, incorporating the appropriate technology into your course. The OIT assistance may include instructional design, web and multimedia design and development, video production, and technical assistance. Many of the Faculty First past projects resulted in online lectures, web-based interactive learning materials, instructional videos, and transformed technology-enhanced, blended and online courses.
The Faculty First 2015 grant participants will be announced early February 2015.
Learn about the program projects by clicking on the
project titles. You can browse the Faculty First projects by year or search by
Interested in the Faculty First Program? Contact Iryna Loboda with questions at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The next call for proposals will be posted in Fall 2015.
The purpose of this proposal is to obtain assistance in developing online modules for teaching a STEM-based sustainability curriculum unit in German to students in the second year German language program.
This project is the continuation of a project that was funded through a Faculty First Grant in 2014. In 2014 we developed an extensive online learning-module for German language instruction that thematically focuses on population and population growth. The second part of the project comprises the production of the 5 instructional online learning modules. Along with the online learning module on population and population growth, these 5 new modules will build the core structure of the curriculum unit. The instructional online modules provide visually supported instruction for STEM-based thematic instructional units in German. The developed framework will be adaptable to other STEM-related content as well as to different levels of language learners. It will serve as a model for other STEM-based German language units that simultaneously aim at developing STEM-related academic German language, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
An online graduate course, CEM 507 (Epidemiology of Vector-Borne, Bacterial, and Viral Zoonotic Diseases), is offered every other summer either as an elective or as a requirement depending on the students' major.
The goal of this project was to improve the delivery of asynchronous information to students for this summer online course so that the course is more engaging, enabling students to better retain the information learned.
Dr. Souza organized her Blackboard Learn course
site and improved site navigation; incorporated several Blackboard Learn tools,
such as discussions, self-graded quizzes and tests, and assignments; enhanced
course materials with images, embedded YouTube video and audio; created PowerPoint
presentations with voiceover; and learned of a variety of ways to develop an
engaging asynchronous online course. Please find details about the project in Dr. Souza's report posted on this page.
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