The Teaching Innovations Office supports and advocates for a scholarly and effective teaching culture that embraces innovation and inclusion, facilitates connections and leadership, and promotes an exploration of pedagogy and practice dedicated to learning.
Goal 1: The research and dissemination of scholarly and effective pedagogy and practice.
Goal 2: Facilitate connections for instructors to resources and the development of teaching networks for a scholarly and effective teaching culture.
Goal 3: Provide instructors with opportunities and space to practice and apply scholarly and effective teaching practice.
Goal 4: Promote and advocate for a campus culture of scholarly and effective pedagogy and practice.
Currently, the TIO operates in within three strategic areas: the Advancement of Teaching and Learning; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Technology Enhanced Pedagogy. TIO seeks to support campus in these areas through programming, partnerships, research, and campus service.
The Teaching Innovations Office has modeled their goals and mission on the Toward a Liberated Learning Spirit (TALLS) Model for Developing Critical Consciousness (Pipe & Stephens, 2019; Stephens & Pipe, 2020). TALLS infuses established equity practices with indigenous approaches to learning, particularly the work of Marie Battiste (2010) on the Learning Spirit and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change. By re-engaging curiosities, TALLS guides learners from academic detachment through an unlearning process toward embodied liberation. The work of the TIO begins with an examination of established literature and known best practices in teaching and learning, and then leads participants through a process of engaging with and applying new pedagogical approaches that embrace innovation. This process promotes a cycle of continuous development and a learning spirit for the UNCG community.
We seek to inspire the community in their pursuit of knowledge and innovation that honors creativity, inclusion, exploration, risk, and learning in its diverse forms and applications.