President Eighmy’s vision for UTSA is to be an exemplar for strategic growth and innovative excellence. To advance this goal of excellence through innovation, the division of Academic Innovation in Academic Affairs is establishing new programs to facilitate faculty to adopt innovative pedagogy in their teaching of UTSA’s courses. The redesign of these courses will not only advance innovation but also will contribute to improved student success, greater access to courses for students, and foster academic development of our faculty.

This program is designed to provide support for full-time, tenure and non-tenure track faculty interested in applying pedagogical innovation or adopting a fresh perspective to high-enrollment, core, gateway, or other high-risk undergraduate courses. Teams of faculty are highly encouraged to apply.

Examples of instructional approaches include, but are not limited to:

  • Active, experiential or cooperative learning
  • Effective and appropriate utilization of technology
  • Activities that enhance students critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Inventive assessment activities
  • Strategies that improve student retention
  • Are scalable and able to be replicated by other faculty members

2019 Grant Awardees Include:

  • History 1053 United States History from Gardner et al.
    • The proposal will create a common curriculum among all HIS 1053 sections, a course with over 3,000 students and a high DFW rate. Course redesign also focuses on increasing diversity and inclusion in the content.  Course includes utilization of blackboard for low-stakes assessment.  Funding includes support for faculty lead, but also workshops, graduate students and workshops for training faculty.
  • Anthropology 2033 Introduction to Biological Anthropology from Wikberg, et al.
    • Course enrollment varies from 300 – 600 per semester. The proposal includes cooperative and experiential learning opportunities along with virtual laboratory use.
  • Computer Science  Introduction to Programming sequence from Zhang, et al.
    • The proposal converts three introductory computers science sources to focus on data science for the new DataScience+X degree program that will allow the courses to work with other majors such as business, education, humanities, health, etc.  Proposal is interdisciplinary and works across multiple colleges and degree programs.
  • Engineering 2323 Applied Engineering Analysis I from Millwater, et al.
    • The proposal will use augmented and virtual reality. Proposal is interdisciplinary with 2 engineering departments and COEHD. Budget mostly funds graduate an undergraduate students with some technology.
  • ESL 3023/3062 Second Language Teaching and Learning from Lindhal et al
    • The course will make use of experiential learning by having students teach and observe in the classroom rather than pull students out for tutoring. This project aligns with President Eighmy’s Classroom to Career initiative. Additionally, the grant will update materials and training.  The course has doubled in size over the past 3 years to over 300 students.
  • Math 1214 Calculus I from Beatty will make use of OER and online Modules. The course is high enrollment with about 1000 students annually