UNCW Hosts 2015 Instructional Innovation Incubator, May 31-June 7

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The UNCW Center for Teaching Excellence is hosting the Instructional Innovation Incubator (i3@UNC), a weeklong fellowship from May 31 - June 7. i3@UNC provides an inspiring, highly engaged environment for developing new technologically enhanced courses that expand educational opportunities for North Carolinians.

i3@UNC allows faculty to interact in a collaborative learning community of fellow educators, assisted by experts in learning technology and instructional design. Speakers for the event include UNCW Chancellor Bill Sederburg and UNC President Tom Ross.

Representatives from institutions such as Harvard, Yale and the University of Virginia will facilitate sessions with the 28 faculty fellow participants competitively selected from throughout the UNC system. In addition, a technology showcase will include several of last year’s faculty fellows sharing their progress since they attended i3@UNC last year.

Staff from the UNCW Office of e-Learning will work closely with the fellows to design their courses, alongside instructional designers and technologists from Western Carolina University, NC State, UNC Charlotte, UNC Pembroke and East Carolina University.

UNCW has three faculty fellows participating in this year's institute: Jacqueline Lee, Jared Kerr and Barbara Pennington. Lee, an assistant professor in the school of social work, believes that the i3@UNC program will add tremendously to her previous professional development efforts focused on innovation in teaching and applied learning. “i3@UNC will provide a context for application of that knowledge with the support of experienced colleagues,” she said.

Diana Ashe, interim director of the CTE, looks forward to greeting the participating faculty fellows and feels fortunate to be part of such an excellent program. “The caliber of speakers and instructional designers we’re bringing to campus cannot be topped,” she said. “This is a huge effort for a small unit like ours to undertake and I’m grateful to our team at CTE and to the Office of e-Learning for making it work.”