University of Southern Indiana

The Faculty Innovation Studio

The Department of Distance Learning proudly presents the newly launched Faculty Innovation Studio located in FA 0046 of the Wright Administration Building, across from the Distance Learning Office. This facility is designed to make faculty feel welcome and comfortable to find a friendly helping hand that supports their teaching needs, and in turn fulfills the missions of Faculty Development and Technology Alignment to embrace the University’s Strategic Plan

There are several services offered at the Faculty Innovation Studio:

  1. The walk-in support center – A group of Student Technology Consultants (STCs) are available at scheduled hours to support faculty’s ad hoc online teaching needs and address their technology issues.
  2. The teaching commons – A cluster forum style space designed for faculty community exchanging ideas about online teaching and learning related matters via panel discussions, small group workshops, and faculty collaboration meetings. Twelve seats are available and prior reservation is required.
  3. The faculty technology loaner program - Just completing a simple online reservation form can place in your hands a device powerful enough to open a world of information.
  4. The computer training stations – Eight computer workstations are available for lecture recording, exam proctoring, and hands-on technology workshops. Special recording software, such as Camtasia and Snagit, are equipped.
  5. The exam proctoring service – Every Tuesday from 9am to 4pm, Distance Learning students can setup exam proctoring appointments.

The Faculty Innovation Studio is an environment that hones a suitable balance of statistics, beauty, ethics, heart, wisdom, and structure to create from the myriad of factoids into a teachable message students can make their own, and hopefully reflect back as a learning experience. It is also a “free” space allowing faculty to think and try new ideas away from the noise of ringing, knocking, talking, and walk-ins. Just an encouraging word, with prompting to use emerging learning tools, and an ease to experiment with those applications faculty have been meaning to explore, and inquire if they can make a "difference” in teaching innovations for the 21st century learners.

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