Educational Scholars


We are offering a new Educational Scholars (EDS) program for instructors who want to learn how to create impactful learning experiences, no matter the context — online, hybrid, or face-to-face. Scholars will engage in structured, co-facilitated learning of evidence-based teaching and learning strategies, discussion, and reflection on topics important to their roles as university instructors.

The flexible, online program allows participants to engage from any location and relies on peer supported learning. Peer supported learning is where like-minded peers engage with one another in order to enhance each other’s learning on shared educational topics and experiences. The scholars meet virtually eight times (one hour each session) over the course of the academic year.

Membership in the program is by application of interest. Primary qualifications are a desire to improve knowledge and skills in teaching and learning, desire for scholarship in education, and availability to complete required elements of the program. Annually, the EDS program will accept eight to 10 participants who, if all elements are complete, will receive a completion certificate and a faculty spotlight on the FCTL website.

If you are interested in participating, please read the program information and complete the application at the link below. Applications are due by Aug. 15.

 
Educational Scholars Program

Are you interested in the discipline of education?
Would you like to discuss teaching and learning with your peers?
Do you want to engage in educational scholarship?
This could be a learning opportunity for you!

The UMB Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) is offering a new Educational Scholars (EDS) program for instructors who want to learn how to create impactful learning experiences, no matter the context—online, hybrid, or face-to-face. Scholars will engage in structured, co-facilitated learning of evidence-based teaching and learning strategies, discussion, and reflection on topics important to their roles as university instructors.

The flexible, online program allows participants to engage from any location and relies on peer supported learning. Peer supported learning is where like-minded peers engage with one another in order to enhance each other’s learning on shared educational topics and experiences.

Program Commitment and Format

Beginning in Fall 2020, the EDS Program will occur over the academic year. The Scholars meet eight times, one hour each. A Scholar’s total time commitment is as follows:

  • 8-hours between September 2020 and May 2021, 8 virtual meetings.
  • Time to read one chapter, once per month in preparation for the meetings over the academic year.
  • Independent time to work on educational scholarship or instructional materials development to earn the completion certificate (built into the Spring sessions)
Membership

Membership in the program is by application of interest. Primary qualifications are a desire to improve knowledge and skills in teaching and learning, desire for scholarship in education, and availability to complete required elements of the program. Annually, the EDS program will accept 8-10 participants who, if all elements are complete, will receive a completion certificate and a faculty spotlight on the FCTL website. Participants are required to complete a minimum of 7 units of the 8-unit program.

Curriculum

Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses, by Dee Fink (2013), is the book that will guide the program and will be provided to each participant. Each unit of the program generally follows key points of Fink’s (2013) book chapters. Each unit will be co-led by participants who will be asked to volunteer to lead a discussion on the session-specific topics. The FCTL Director will provide guidance and convene the group. The FCTL will also host the introductory launch session and a closing “graduation” event. All meetings will occur on Fridays from 11 am-12 pm.

  • Unit 1. Creating Significant Learning Experiences: The Key to Educational Quality (Friday, September 25, 2020)
  • Unit 2. A Taxonomy of Significant Learning (Friday, October 23, 2020)
  • Unit 3. Designing Significant Learning Experiences I: Getting Started (Friday, November 20, 2020)
  • Unit 4. Designing Significant Learning Experiences II: Shaping the Learning Experience (Friday, January 22, 2021)
  • Unit 5. Changing the Way We Teach and Proposal of Projects (Friday, February 26, 2021)
  • Unit 6. Applications of New Teaching Approaches: Testing and Experimentation (Friday, March 26, 2021)
  • Unit 7. Work on Scholarly project ideas (Friday, April 23, 2021)
  • Unit 8. Closing Presentations and Celebration Poster Event (Friday, May 21, 2021)
Application Instructions

If this sounds like an opportunity you are interested in, please use the hyperlink below to submit your application. Application decisions will be made by a faculty review committee. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and all applications are due by August 1st. Educational scholars will be notified by September 1st, 2020 of their membership in the Educational Scholars Program.

Education Scholars Program Application