Summer Institute Information

Digital Pedagogy Summer Institute –
An Overview

By Jaya Kannan, Former Director, Digital Learning

Program Timeline | Schedule 

The Digital Pedagogy Summer Institute provides an optimal learning environment for faculty to develop innovative and effective teaching practices that integrate the digital environment using a community-based-learning approach. These teaching methodologies may be anchored to a variety of contexts: blended, and/or online, and/or face-to-face.

Program Highlights:

Motivation: The best thing about faculty participation at these Institutes is that attendance is voluntary. Faculty sign up for the Summer Institute because they want to enhance their teaching methodologies and practices, and to collaborate with their peers. In 2014, 2015, and 2016 combined, sixty faculty members representing all the five colleges and four staff from the Academic Support Services have attended the institute. Faculty motivation to participate is very high, since it is not required by their Deans. Also, the program encourages attendees to set their own goals and develop teaching projects based on the challenges that they have identified. Faculty work on individual projects or team up with their colleagues to address program goals.

Collaborative Learning Environment: Faculty members work in college-based teams. Even if they have individual goals to enhance and refine their teaching practices, they work in a collaborative environment to meet program goals. Faculty from one college generally do not have the opportunity to participate in a week-long program with faculty from other disciplines and to build teaching objects together. Faculty have repeatedly told us that what they value most about the Summer Institute is the time spent sharing and learning from their colleagues in other disciplines, and building on the power of peer learning.

Structure and Schedule: The institute is a week-long intensive event. Faculty commit themselves to a 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. day for five days. In the mornings, they participate in workshops – demo and discussion sessions followed by hands-on sessions. In the afternoons, they focus on developing their projects. By the end of the week, faculty have a draft of their teaching object and share this in an exhibition style show-and-tell session on the last day.

Facilitation Team: The Office of Digital Learning partners with IT and faculty leaders to plan, develop, and conduct the Summer Institute. A large team of fourteen SHU student assistants provide able support to this program.

Technological Resources: Faculty have access to several types of technology resources – they work in the TEAL classrooms and can explore many new digital tools (Flipgrid, Google tools) outside of the LMS. In addition, they can use the state-of-the art media studios and video production equipment generously provided by the School of Media Arts.

Funding: Upon successful completion of the Institute, faculty participants are paid a stipend by their colleges, and staff from the academic support services are paid from their departments respectively.

 ‌2016 Summer Institute

‌2015 Summer Institute

2014 Summer Institute