University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Faculty invited to develop courses in SCALE-UP

Exceptional UND is our campus community’s shared vision of the future. A key strategic priority is to enrich the student learning experience through high-impact teaching and learning initiatives.

The goal of the new Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) learning environment in O’Kelly Hall is to change the paradigm for teaching and learning in large undergraduate classes from a passive, lecture-based model of instruction to a collaborative, inquiry-based model.

In conjunction with the Office of Instructional Development, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will fund model projects by faculty who teach large enrollment classes. The projects will be undertaken during the summer of 2013, with the primary objective being the development of appropriate course materials for teaching inquiry/group-based courses in the SCALE-UP classroom during the 2013/14 school year.

The courses developed will also serve as models for faculty who will use such spaces in the future and OID will organize several venues for the sharing of that work. The primary intent of SCALE-UP is to establish a highly collaborative, hands-on, computer-rich, interactive learning environment for large-enrollment courses. This faculty development program in support of that approach is open to UND faculty (with the exception of GTAs and visiting professors) interested in teaching in the SCALE-UP classroom. Preference will be given to large enrollment courses and introductory level courses.

More details and the call for proposals are available at Faculty chosen to participate in the pilot project will receive $4,000 per course developed.

Proposal deadline: noon Friday, March 1.

-- Anne Kelsch, program director, Instructional Development, 777.4233,

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