Faculty professional development at Towson University is the foundation of transformative innovation and academic success. The Office of Academic Innovation, in collaboration with the Office of Technology Services, the academic colleges, and other units on campus, provides a range of educational and technological support services for faculty and led by faculty.
Our philosophy is that faculty members bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the academic enterprise that should be shared, developed, and celebrated. In order to foster critical thinking and reflection about one’s own teaching practice, the OAI creates opportunities for risk taking and experimentation that build a culture of collegiality, trust, and faculty leadership. The end result is more effective teaching for more effective learning.
Free Online Workshops through the Online Learning Consortium
The Office of Academic Innovation sponsors Towson’s membership to the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). All Towson faculty and staff members can attend one or more online workshops listed from the OLC for free. Normally, these workshops cost up to $270 each.
OLC Workshops include a wide range of topics for educators interested in improving their skills in online and digital education. These offerings are “designed to model best practices, promote engagement, and encourage practical application into daily teaching and leadership practices.” The evolving list of workshop topics includes online discussions, group work, rubrics, blended learning, apps in education, effective feedback, infographics.
OLC workshop vary in length up to one week. You don’t need to be at your computer at a specific time, but there are deadlines throughout the week for various assignments. Read the descriptions for more details.
The Office of Academic Innovation Teaching Tips videos are released every month in order to provide information to TU faculty regarding innovative and effective instructional strategies. These videos feature great tips with animated characters, lively narration, and hands-on demonstrations.