UTSAs Office of Online Learning Hosted the Fall Faculty Showcase Presentations for Hybrid Online Courses

October 31, 2016



by Danicia Steele at 7:53 AM in Campus Community, Interesting, Staff News

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On October 28th 2016, the UTSA Office of Online Learning team hosted the 2016 Fall Faculty Showcase Presentations.  The purpose of the event was two-fold:

  1. Recognize some of UTSA's faculty innovators teaching hybrid/online courses who are promoting our University mission towards becoming a Tier 1 institution, and
  2. Share ideas and best teaching practices with other faculty - from tools integration and course management strategies to enhance student learning

The event took place in the Group Spot at the John Peace Library (JPL 2.01.16) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the first two hours approximately 20 UTSA instructors' hybrid or online courses were showcased with their best teaching practices and the strategies they use to help enhance student learning. Each instructor's course was displayed on a computer station and included an information card. The information card contained the name of the instructor, the name of the course being displayed, and three unique features being used in their course. The instructors were available at each station to address any questions and share ideas with other faculty to help incorporate the strategies presented into future courses.

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(Faculty collaborating at the showcase)

"Faculty got an opportunity to see how the Office of Online Learning is collaborating with instructors on course design and applying best teaching and instructional practices to  help the learner be more successful" Instructional Designer Dr. Sailaja Athyala stated. "We know there is a demand for hybrid and online courses, so we want the faculty to come and learn effective pedagogical practices and learner-centered instructional practices to be incorporated into their hybrid/online courses."

 

After the showcase presentations, from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., the instructors who showcased their courses were invited to an open discussion to provide the Office of Online Learning with feedback and suggestions. This was an effort to build an online learning community, where instructors can network with other faculty who are teaching hybrid or online course and share best practices.

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(UTSA faculty gaining insight and enhancing their hybrid/online courses at UTSA the Fall Faculty Showcase Presentations)

The faculty showcase was beneficial to all instructors who are looking to design or enhance their hybrid/online courses. All UTSA faculty are encouraged to attend, learn, discuss, and integrate the ideas into their courses. Dr. Athyala stated 'Instructors in the showcase are being recognized for their best practices, instructional strategies, and course design issues which leads to  student success and eventually support the university's mission to become a Tier One institution."

For more information on upcoming fall workshops/sessions, please visit:

https://facultysessions.utsa.edu

For more information on OIT's Online Learning, please visit:

http://utsa.edu/online