2022 Digital Learning Institute

Overview

In response to the growing interest in inclusive course design, digital learning, and technology-enhanced teaching, the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) offers a faculty development program – the Digital Learning Institute (DLI). A specific course redesign theme is identified annually based on faculty’s interests, teaching needs, and higher education trends. The goal is to encourage faculty to rethink teaching and redesign their courses to foster student engagement, support learning needs, and enhance the student learning experience.

The 2022 Digital learning Institute

Higher education faculty consistently search for new ways to harness their grading practices to support equitable outcomes and deep learning for all students. DTEI recognizes such teaching needs have increased especially after the pandemic, and identifies “Specifications Grading” as the theme for the 2022 DLI program.  Specifications Grading is an alternative grading strategy that incorporates the concepts of mastery-based grading and assignment resubmission to support students in mastering their learning through practice. It encourages students to prioritize learning over grades and also invites them to participate in the process of determining what counts as acceptable evidence of learning. Sixteen UCI faculty have already successfully implemented specifications grading in teaching, and we hope you can join this faculty learning community to support student learning.   UCI faculty in any fields including research faculty, teaching faculty, unit 18, and grad students scheduled to teach a course between Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 are welcome to join the 2022 Digital Learning Institute. Participants will receive a DLI 2022 Certificate by attending 4 of the 5 cohort meetings and two individual consultation sessions.  Faculty will receive a Specifications Grading Certificate after teaching with components of specifications grading and encouraging their students to participate in the pre and post surveys.

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Eligibility: 

Faculty from any discipline including research faculty, teaching faculty, unit 18, and grad students scheduled to teach a course between Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 are welcome to join the 2022 DLI.

 

Training Schedule: Monday and Thursday from 10 AM to 1 PM

  • Online meeting: August 8, 2022
  • On-site training: August 15, 18, 22, 25, and 29, 2022 (Lunch will be provided) → attend at least four of the five meetings to be certified
  • Individual consultations (online or on-site) by appointment only

 

Certification Requirements:

  • Join the initial online meeting
  • Schedule two individual consultation sessions
  • Attend four of the five training sessions between August 15 and 29

 

Application Deadline: Monday August 1, 2022

Apply for the 2022 Digital Learning Institute. For more questions, please contact DTEIsupport@uci.edu for further assistance.