Teaching Space of Tomorrow
The Teaching Space of Tomorrow is a facility designed to push the boundaries of online synchronous instruction. The ultimate goal of this project is to produce a highly engaging experience for instructors that in turn will lead to an engaging experience for students. Key to the success of this project is the close collaboration between the Instructor-in-Residence for the Teaching Space of Tomorrow, and the Technology Innovation Office (TIO) at Texas State University.
TIO invites full time faculty members to submit proposals to become the next Instructor-in-Residence. The successful candidate will be in residence for the 2022-23 academic year and will be provided with an office enhanced with the new remote teaching environment. The candidate will help bring about improvements to the current design and teach in the space for the full academic year.
- Call for Proposal Submissions – April 5
- Proposal Consultation – April 13 to April 18
- Proposal Submission Deadline – April 22
- Selection Committee Review – April 25
- Award Notice – May 4
Full-time faculty members at Texas State University are eligible to apply. The awardee must be able to commit to the following:
- Teach at least one course remotely during the Fall 2022 semester.
- Teach at least one course remotely during the Spring 2023 semester.
- Be readily available during the Summer 2022 semester to participate in designing and testing the technology installed in the Teaching Space of Tomorrow.
- Make the Teaching Space of Tomorrow their office during the 2022-23 academic year.
- Participate in the informal and formal evaluation of the space in collaboration with the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.
The applicant's department chair/director must complete and sign a letter of support.
The process involves the following:
- Participation in an information session (optional).
- A consultation with the design team.
- Submission of a pitch.
Information Session is March 3 from 3:30 - 4:40 pm.
This session, conducted remotely, is designed to introduce interested to the project process and its goals. It is also intended to help participants understand the entire process and expectations for the final submission. This session provides time to ask general questions and to start refining ideas. Faculty can register for the information session using this form.
Mandatory Consultation (March 21 - April 1)
During the hour-long consultation, interested applicants will be able to discuss their initial ideas and objectives with the design team. The purpose is to talk in detail to understand the applicant's goals. The session will be conducted in person, wearing masks and socially distanced, at the space targeted to house the Teaching Space for Tomorrow. Faculty can make a reservation for the one-on-one consultation using this form.
Pitch Submission (deadline April 2 at 5 p.m.)
The submission of the final pitch gives applicants room to be creative. Applicants can submit a five-minute video or a single page double-spaced (Helvetica 11) write-up that sells the design team on their idea and explains how the applicant will take maximum advantage of the designed space to create a dynamic and engaging experience for students outside of the traditional boundaries of remote teaching. The pitch should be accompanied by a letter of support from the applicant's department chair/director. Faculty can submit a pitch using this form.
The review committee, assembled by the Associate Vice President of the Technology Innovation Office, will read and score applicant proposals according to the requirements described below. Proposals will be evaluated based on how closely they align with the Teaching Space of Tomorrow initiative. More specifically, judging criteria include consideration of the following:
- The overall quality of the proposal.
- How the proposal takes full advantage of the installed technologies to engage the students and drive student outcomes.
- Addressing specific student learning outcomes.
- Uses a variety of methods to appeal to a variety of student learning types.
- Diversity impact and capacity building for underrepresented groups.
PROPOSALS WILL BE FURTHER EVALUATED BASED ON THE INCLUSIONS OF:
- Pitch submission.
- The agreement indicated on the application submission form to:
- Consult with the Technology Innovation Office to clarify and potentially adjust instructional and implementation plans.
- Collaborate with the Technology Innovation Office throughout the life of the project to develop a story to inspire teaching and learning at Texas State.
- Collaborate with the Technology Innovation Office on evaluation instruments for the project. Provide a project report at the end of the Spring 2023 semester using the project completion report outline provided.
- A signature from the department chair/director on the letter of support provided on the application page.