The Center for Faculty Innovations in Teaching and Learning (FITL) is a faculty-centered enterprise dedicated to the advancement of educational practice. Its mission is to partner with the School of Engineering community to promote innovative teaching strategies and technologies for learning.
FITL was created through a 5-year, $1.92 million Title III Strengthening Institutions grant the US Department of Education awarded the School of Engineering in October 2008. The starting point for FITL is forming partnerships to understand the educational and technological needs of the School of Engineering community.
Ultimately, FITL will encourage innovation in teaching and learning through collaborative efforts. Teaching and learning will be fostered not only on the delivery of content but, more importantly, on ensuring that the content is conducive to the medium by which it is delivered.
Through FITL’s efforts, the School of Engineering will be posed to lead the definition of the “digital classroom” by constructing robust spaces that engage and inspire learners. Effective pedagogy will require the application of best practices for teaching and learning and developing innovative educational strategies for different disciplines.
Educating and supporting instructors will aid the development of meaningful educational projects and innovative experiences. The technologies used for education at the School of Engineering must be stable, usable, and able to achieve the pedagogical goals of faculty. It is imperative that systems emerge from the educational needs of those teaching. The goal is for these systems to be technologically sound and supported to ensure success.
FITL’s objectives are to increase:
- The School of Engineering's reputation as a leading science, technology, and engineering institution by deploying educational technology within the classroom and within the curriculum;
- faculty training related to the incorporation of educational technology into the classroom and the curriculum; and
- student access to technology-mediated curricular components via replacement/upgrade of the campus wireless network and smart classrooms.