(March 5, 2014) -- The Online Learning group at The University of Texas at San Antonio is soliciting applications for the upcoming Hybrid Academy, which will run May 14-19. The workshop is taught partly face-to-face (morning classroom sessions) and partly online (afternoons and evenings). The workshop maps to recommendations by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for faculty professional development.
The Hybrid Academy is now in its fifth year and is recommended for faculty who are going to start teaching hybrid courses within the next year, according to Michael Anderson, director of online learning in the Office of Information Technology.
A hybrid course, as defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, is a "course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent) of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place." Hybrid courses allow the university to offer additional classes and provide alternative learning environments.
The Hybrid Academy features interactive sessions from UTSA as well as external experts. Participants should plan on devoting eight hours per day to readings, course redesign activities, assignments and active participation in the online portion of the course. Certificates will be awarded upon successful completion.
To ensure that each participant receives personal mentoring, the Hybrid Academy is limited to 12 participants. Participants must seek the approval from their department chair.
For more information and to apply to participate this year, visit the Hybrid Academy website.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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