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Teaching & Learning Innovation Looks Ahead

Our Quality Enhancement Plan, Experience Learning, is now beyond the midway point. But it has introduced a new way of teaching and learning and—after being reorganized to become part of Teaching and Learning Innovation (TLI) last year—it is well positioned to have a lasting impact long after the QEP timeline ends in spring 2020.

Teaching and Learning Innovation has released the QEP Impact Report for the 2016–17 and 2017–18 academic years.

The report includes information regarding designated experiential learning courses, faculty and staff support as it relates to the QEP, college experiential learning data, and student impact trends.

Since 2016, 46 courses have received Experience Learning designation. A full list of designated courses can be found on the Experience Learning initiative website. Applications from faculty who would like courses reviewed for designation are due October 15.

Other Teaching and Learning Innovation news:

  • Through the leadership of the Center for Student Engagement and many campus partners, UT is now offering students a co-curricular transcript, detailing their learning experiences outside the classroom.
  • The Smart Communities Initiative, which has been on hiatus to reorganize and redevelop the program to establish mutually beneficial and enduring relationships between faculty and community partners, is expected to relaunch this fall. More information will be coming soon.
  • Twenty-seven faculty members recently completed the four-week Teaching and Learning Innovation Summer Institute (TLISI), with 12 of them in the experiential learning track. For a full list of the 2018 faculty fellows and their course redesign projects, visit the Teaching and Learning Innovation website.
  • Over 100 faculty registered to participate in the Faculty Mentoring and Support program. This is triple the number who registered to participate last year. The program organizes faculty into small groups to help them make connections and build support networks across campus. Learn more about this program from some participants in this Tennessee Today story.
  • UT will host the spring workshop for the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program. The workshop is three days of training and discussion sessions and involves emerging leaders from all schools in the SEC.