University Teaching Center

Innovations in Teaching Awards

Proposal deadline:
Monday, March 27, 2017
Proposal Submission:
application form


The University Teaching Center (UTC), in collaboration with Classroom Support Services, is currently in the process of creating a general-purpose Active Learning Classroom in the Field House (pictured right), which will be ready for class scheduling in the fall semester of 2017. The Active Learning Classroom will be set up in pod-style learning clusters with the overall room accommodating up to 34 students. Each pod will have a designated monitor, two iPads, connector cables and white boards. The room will also be equipped with Kramer Connect technology, a wireless collaboration and presentation solution that allows up to four screens to display simultaneously on one main display from any laptop or mobile device. Faculty and students can share files and edit documents in real time, turning the main display into a digital whiteboard. Faculty interested in teaching in the room must be committed to using the space and technology to foster interactive, student-centered learning experiences.


Similar to our annual Innovations in Teaching Awards, it is a professional development opportunity for faculty interested in redesigning an existing course. However, this year, the award will focus on using the newly created Active Learning Classroom to foster interactive, student-centered learning experiences.

To apply for this award, faculty will develop an RFP that describes how they will develop collaborative group activities that leverage the technology and tools (white boards, iPads, flexible seating) in the newly created Active Learning Classroom. (NOTE: Awards will be given to faculty willing and able to teach in the Active Learning Classroom (Field House, room 1220) during the 2017-2018 academic year).

Faculty applying for the ACTIVE LEARNING CLASSROOM AWARD will:

  • Design collaborative learning experiences that leverage Kramer Connect and the technology at each learning pod, white boards and the flexible seating in the room.
  • Attend two 2-hour workshops during Summer I to learn how to use the technology in the classroom (due to the hands-on, interactive nature of these sessions, you must attend both workshops to be eligible for the award and the associated extra compensation; dates TBD).
  • Complete an Evaluation of Impact Report (to be submitted after the course is taught and an analysis can be made on how the changes impacted students success, outcomes, etc.)


Faculty selected to for this award will receive $2,000 in Extra Compensation - 50% of the extra compensation will be paid in June, 2017 and the remaining 50% will be paid after the course has been taught and the agreed upon evaluation report has been submitted and reviewed by the UTC staff.

Faculty interested in applying for the Active Learning Classroom Award are to complete the application form via the link below.

application form

Monday, March 27, 2017
. If your proposal is selected, you will be notified by Friday, April 14, 2017.

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Last Updated: 3/24/17