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Now in its 9th year, the UA System Scholars Institute is hosted each year on a rotating basis by one of the UA System campuses. Scholars Institutes are open to faculty, staff, and administration attendance from all three campuses. The Scholars Institute supports collaboration among faculty and administration system-wide, and encourages a shared community of knowledge for implementing best practices into the use of technology in the teaching, learning, and research processes.

The Institute is seen as an important professional development initiative for faculty in their use of technology in teaching and learning, particularly in support of the adaptation and use of new approaches to teaching with technology. Further, the Institute focuses heavily on the sharing of best practices across our system-wide community. Presentations emphasize quality, evidence of impact, tools, and pedagogical and practical approaches, with time for colleagues within- and between campuses to engage in collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Institute also provides hands-on opportunities for practice and implementation of classroom and online tools.

The 2016 Scholars Institute took place on May 17th & 18th, 2016 and was hosted by UAH. The 2016 Scholars Institute Chair was: Dr. Sherri Restauri

Best in Track, SI2016 Awards:

For the 2016 Scholars Institute, Best in Track Awards were designated for one presentation in each of the 4 tracks. Best in Track selections were made by a selected group of UAH Faculty, who served on the UAH SI2016 Faculty Committee, as well as by the SI2016 Planning Committee members. These designations were the first to be awarded in the 9 years of Scholars Institutes, and UAH is proud to note those award winners here:

  • Best in Track, Track 1: Faculty & Student Best Practices in Blended & Online Learning Environments

    Dr. Cecil Betros


    Session Title: Team Based Learning in an Online Environment

    Affiliation: University of Alabama at Birmingham


  • Best in Track, Track 2: Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Research Paradigms

    Dr. Scott Brande


    Session Title: STEM Lab Learning in Lecture-Videos for Engaging Students in Data Collection and Analysis

    Affiliation: University of Alabama at Birmingham


  • Best in Track, Track 3: Reaching All Teaching & Learning Needs through the Utilization of Technology

    Dr. Dale A. Dickinson

    Session Title: Technology Across the Academic Spectrum: Choosing and Using the Right Technology to Facilitate Engagement and Enhance Learning

    Affiliation: University of Alabama at Birmingham


  • Best in Track, Track 4: Student Engagement and Retention

    Ms. Mary McManus &

    Ms. Sinceree Gunn

    Session Title: Canvas Course Design for Student Engagement

    Affiliation: University of Alabama in Huntsville


See a slideshow of the Best in Track SI2016 Award Winners 

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