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Innovation in Teaching and Technology


Innovation in Teaching and Technology is an initiative in the College of Education that works directly with the Office of Information Technology’s Teaching with Technology group to:

  • Recognize and document innovation at the faculty, department, and college levels.
  • Generate ideas, activities and programs to promote innovation in teaching and the use of technology.
  • Identify resources to support faculty innovation in teaching.
  • Consult with faculty about innovation.

The goals of this initiative are to:

  • Help faculty use technology in innovative ways to support teaching.
  • Build and develop faculty literacy with new media technologies.
  • Support faculty as they prepare pre-service teachers to work in technology-rich classrooms.

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Fall 2014 ITT Faculty Academies

Call for Participation in Two Fall ITT Faculty Academies:

  • ITT Essentials
  • Online Course Design & Development

The Innovation in Teaching and Technology initiative is happy to announce the continuation and expansion of the ITT Faculty Academy. We will be offering two faculty academies in both the fall and spring semesters. The faculty participation stipend has also been increased to $500 (for travel, materials, etc.) to support up to 10 faculty in each academy.

Two faculty academies will be offered in the fall. The first is another offering of our regular faculty academy meant to provide a general orientation to a wide range of teaching and technology ideas and skills. The second academy will focus on the topic of designing and developing online curricula. (Details about each academy are below.) In both academies, we also strive for highly collegial, enjoyable sessions with plenty of food and conversation.

Those who complete each academy will be awarded with an ITT Faculty Academy Certificate suitable for including on a curriculum vita in the area of teaching effectiveness, and a stipend of $500 (to be used for travel, materials, etc.). Completion of the academy is marked by the successful implementation of the faculty member's project in one of their courses and the reporting of that project.

All chosen faculty must be full-time with at least 50% of their time budgeted for teaching.


To apply, simply send an email to Lloyd Rieber with the following information:

Indicate which academy you are applying to: ITT Essentials or Online Course Design & Development

  • Name & Rank (or position)
  • Department and program affiliation
  • Confirmation that you are budgeted for at least 50% for instruction
  • Confirmation of your intent to attend all of the scheduled ITT Academy Sessions*

*If you are only able to attend three of the four sessions, you are still encouraged to apply. However, preference will be given to those faculty who can attend all four.

Faculty who successfully complete either ITT Academy will be expected to share their projects and their design stories with other faculty at the 2015-2016 COE Innovations in Teaching Conference sponsored by the Academic Office. It is also hoped that these faculty will choose to become mentors to other faculty at future ITT academy offerings.

The call for applications will remain open through Friday, August 29 with the selection of faculty announced by Monday, September 1.

ITT Essentials Academy

The purpose of this ITT Academy is to provide support and training to faculty to enhance their teaching with innovative instructional strategies supported with technology.

The faculty selected for the ITT Academy will identify and work on a project which is then implemented in one of the courses they teach. Four 3-hour seminars will be held during which a range of design ideas and technologies will be presented, discussed, and explored. (Please note that the time faculty will spend actually working on their projects will occur outside of the scheduled seminars, however ITT/OIT staff will provide 1-1 assistance as requested).

Although the curriculum of the academy will be flexible, here are the technologies -- with consideration of appropriate pedagogies -- we’re planning on including:

  • Google's Suite of Tools & Other Web 2.0 Tools
  • Online Learning Essentials
  • Video & Audio Production
  • Mobile Learning Essentials

On-going assistance will also be given to academy members as requested during the semester and continuing through project implementation.

Faculty will also be asked to read several national reports and articles about integrating technology into higher education.

Schedule (All Fridays, Noon-3pm)

  • September 12
  • October 3
  • October 24
  • November 21

Online Course Design & Development Academy

This academy focuses on the topic of designing and developing online curricula. ITT will be collaborating with the Office of Online Learning to provide a structured, hands-on, experience to guide program faculty through the basic steps of designing and developing an online course. Faculty who apply for this second academy need to be ready to spend time in and outside of the academy sessions on design and development activities. This academy is meant for those faculty who are part of programs who recently have decided to move part or all of their curricula online and now are faced with the task of actually doing this design and development work.

Schedule (All Wednesdays, Noon-3pm)

  • September 10
  • October 1
  • October 22
  • November 19

Call for proposals – 2014 COE Innovation in Teaching Conference

Registration for all COE faculty will be paid by the college (lunch is included in the registration).

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals and conference registration for the inaugural 2014 COE Innovation in Teaching Conference to be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Georgia Center. This day-long conference will highlight innovative teaching among faculty and instructors within the college. Links to submit a proposal and register for the conference can be found on the conference web site.

All conference presenters must also register for the conference.

The conference keynote speaker will be Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the New Media Consortium (NMC). Johnson will speak about the evolution of the modern university in the context of the dramatic changes that have occurred in the technologies, networks, software, and systems of society. The NMC is probably best known as the group that publishes the annual Higher Education Edition of the Horizon Report.

All COE faculty are encouraged to submit a proposal to present a session, poster, or roundtable discussion. Faculty members who received 2014 Maymester Instructional Innovation Support grants are required to present. While we expect many of these sessions will also demonstrate the role of technology to support innovative teaching, this is not a requirement for a proposal.


Conference proposals due: Friday, October 3, 2014. Registrations due: Friday, October 10, 2014. Registration for all COE faculty will be paid by the college (lunch is included in the registration).


Proposals should include a descriptive title and a short abstract (50-100 words).

No teaching innovation should be considered too small for a proposal. This conference is meant as an opportunity for faculty to share what they consider to be an interesting innovation in their own teaching at UGA.

Proposals will be of two general types: Examples of teaching innovations; and research on teaching.

Proposals for teaching innovations must focus on undergraduate or graduate teaching within courses offered by the University of Georgia College of Education. Proposals from Graduate Teaching Assistants will also be accepted, and should focus on teaching of courses within the College of education.

Proposals for research on teaching do not need to report on research conducted within COE courses, but the research results need to be relevant to college teaching. It is expected that research proposals will focus on participants consisting of adults or young adults.

Proposals can be co-authored by faculty and/or graduate teaching assistants.

All submissions that are consistent with proposal guidelines will be accepted. Faculty can also register to attend the conference sessions without presenting.

Presentation formats

  • 10- or 20-minute presentations bundled in a session for individual presentations, with time for dialogue and discussion at the end.
  • Posters: If you have an innovation idea that would be better featured in visual form, you are welcome to submit your work as a poster presentation.
  • Roundtable sessions: This is for teaching innovations that are better highlighted through oral reporting and conversation.

Contact the conference chair with questions

We look forward to your participation!

The Innovation 20/20 Series

The aim of the Innovation 20/20 Series is to showcase teaching innovations in the College of Education, and share ideas about how the “Big I” and “little i” innovations are taking place at the largest College of Education in the nation. Recognizing how important a commodity time is in our lives, each session consists of a focused presentation of only 20 minutes sharing a specific innovation, followed by 20 minutes of discussion and interactive engagement with the topic. If your schedule does not allow to be present during the talks, please visit the links below to view the video archive of the presentations.

More info here...

Nominate someone to do an Innovation 20/20 session!

Anyone can be nominated – faculty, students, and staff – to conduct an Innovation 20/20 session. Each session consists of 20 minutes of presentation, followed by 20 minutes of discussion.

While it is difficult to pin down what is meant exactly by “innovative teaching,” here are are a few guidelines. Nominees should be more than just good teachers. They are people who take some risks and try new things. They are also people who are known to use one or more unique innovative strategies consistently as part of their teaching repertoire.

The focus is squarely on “innovation in teaching,” but if some attention is given to how technology makes the teaching innovation possible or feasible, all the better.

To submit a nomination, send the following information to Lloyd Rieber:

  • Name and email of the nominee
  • Nominee’s department and/or program
  • Short explanation of why you are nominating this person (e.g. in what way is the person innovative in his/her teaching)
  • Self-nominations are also accepted, but priority will be given to people nominated by others.

Stop by Aderhold 201 with your ideas, or contact Lloyd Rieber or Larry McCalla with any questions or suggestions on how to showcase innovation in the College of Education.

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ITT Fall 2014 Book Club selection will be coming soon.

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