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OIT Welcomes 2019-20 Fellows

Dr. Sally Harris, English and Dr. Ryan Windeknecht, Philosophy, are OIT’s 2019-2020 Faculty Fellows. Each academic year OIT selects a member or members of the UTK faculty to serve as an OIT Faculty Fellow. The OIT Faculty Fellow Program assists in advancing exemplary teaching and enriching the experience of students by implementing projects that enhance their department’s use of instructional technologies. Faculty Fellows also promote the services available through OIT. It’s an exciting opportunity for faculty to collaborate with OIT in service to the UT Community. The next Call for Proposals will be held in early Spring 2020. View the previous Faculty Fellow Call for Proposal for more information.

Meet Our Faculty Fellows

Dr. Sally Harris

Distinguished Lecturer, Department of English

Sally began teaching a hybrid course in 2007 and transferred to fully online in 2015, recognizing the opportunity to reach students who are unable to take a course in a traditional classroom setting. Currently, she teaches workplace writing online; she also teaches technical communications, British literature, and detective fiction in traditional classroom settings.

As part of her OIT Faculty Fellow position, Sally is researching undergraduate online programs to determine the best practices (and the worst) for implementing fully online undergraduate degree and certificate programs, as well as best practices for engaging students in online courses. She looks forward to implementing what she learns by developing more online courses and by collaborating with other faculty and departments who are interested in moving courses online.

Dr. Ryan Windeknecht

Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy

For the past three years, Ryan has used game-based learning to help teach his general education philosophy courses. His current project, World of Professionals, is a game-based, open educational resource for teaching and learning professional responsibility.

This year, Ryan is working with OIT to create a mobile game that will accompany the open textbook for World of Professionals. He is also helping to program the IT Community of Practice (ITCoP) Brown Bag Lunch Meetings, which will focus on high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech approaches to engaging students. For his part, Ryan, along with other members of the Simulations + Gaming + Role-Playing Community of Scholars (SGRCoS), will discuss engaging students through game-based learning.

Fellows devote approximately ten hours per week working with OIT during the fall and spring semesters and meet periodically with appropriate staff to exchange ideas. In addition to a general orientation to how OIT’s programs and services are managed, the Fellow has an opportunity to customize his or her term based on expertise and area(s) of interest, i.e. instructional design for online learning, development of media-enhanced instructional materials, research on a discipline specific use of technology, etc.

NOTE: Faculty Fellow(s) receive one course release in both fall and spring semester (or a combination of course release and research/travel funds equivalent to a course release) and will serve as a Fellow for one academic year (ten hours per week from August until April).

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