The Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning created the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) to support faculty by integrating innovative approaches into the classroom based on evidence-based teaching practices. DTEI will improve the quality of pedagogical development at UCI for faculty, lecturers and graduate/post-doctoral students. UCI has always focused particularly on the use of instructional technology to foster more campuswide excitement about its potential to enhance student learning through innovative teaching.
The DTEI staff will engage in conversations with instructors about what they want their students to learn.
As the role of a professor evolves, a growing number of faculty have embraced new instructional best practices. Active learning and blended classrooms, in particular, have been beneficial for students and teachers alike. But many professors find themselves struggling to translate effective in-class strategies to a digital format.
That is where DTEI steps in to support UCI faculty, grad and post-doc students, staying ahead of the curve. The development of this new division supports Pillar 4 of the UC Irvine strategic plan, which calls for investment in administrative, financial and academic frameworks. These frameworks will increase efficiencies, growing and strengthening scholastic programs across campus. The DTEI is positioned to support the development of new UCI online courses, and online course creation resources.
The DTEI services include:
- Faculty Development
- Graduate/Postdoctoral student teaching development
- Training on educational technologies for instruction or content development
- Design of online content presentation and assessments
- Planning evaluation of online course efficacy
- Consultation on online course design
- Access to education research community and resources at UCI