The Incubator for Teaching Innovation is a faculty-led initiative in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Our goal is to foster an interdisciplinary culture of teaching that values creativity, innovation, passionate engagement, and the pursuit of excellence—just as we value these qualities in our research and scholarship.
The 2020 academic year will be like no other, as we turn our expertise to creating a robust “pandemic pedagogy”, but whether you’re teaching face-to-face, completely online, or a combination of both, the Incubator is here for you. All our activities will be virtual, but our commitment to providing you with practical resources, support, and a sense of community surrounding teaching is just as strong as ever.
Here you’ll find information, announcements, and stories about the events and programming we offer throughout the year, including:
- More blog resources: We’re ramping up our posts, with an emphasis on practical tips, tools, and research to help you meet the pedagogical challenges of teaching during the pandemic. Teaching a lab online? Looking for ways to make an online class more inclusive? We’ve got you covered.
- Virtual Innovation Pop-Ups: our Faculty Associates share an innovative teaching project in a lively, informal format. Look for the next round which will feature creating a virtual-reality module, running an interdisciplinary summer coding “boot camp” , tools for integrating arts activities into non-arts classes, and enhancing graduate student teaching in math courses.
- CAT Corner Focus Groups: Small-group Conversations About Teaching will continue to report on innovative teaching throughout the college and promote conversations about teaching. Email us if you’d like to participate in a group or nominate a colleague!
- Reacting to the Past / Role-Playing Simulation Games in Teaching Interest Group: Building on the the INCUBATE workshop on this topic, we’re hosting a group for faculty and instructors interested in learning more about this nationally-recognized teaching approach and/or incorporating a game into their courses.
We’re also continuing our Innovative Teaching Associates program — which includes a $10,000 grant for faculty to support an individual teaching project and to serve as part of our leadership team — as well as the Graduate Student Leadership Team.
To learn more about who we are, what we do, and how to join the conversation, this website is the best place to start. You can get updates emailed directly to you by filling out the “follow our blog” form to the right. And of course you can always contact us directly with any questions, suggestions, or ideas about how the Incubator can help you.