Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.34
Liaison Elizabeth MacKenzie
Submission Date July 24, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Iowa
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sara Maples
Interim Director
The UI Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):
The Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology has created the "Big Ideas" courses initiative. The courses in the program are team-taught across an array of disciplines, departments, and even colleges. The current set of courses are taught as active-learning, team-based, peer-learning courses in active-learning (TILE) classrooms. A central theme of this initiative is Sustainability. Examples of courses developed include "People and the Environment: Technology, Culture, and Social Justice" and "Energy & Society: The History of Science of Oil".

A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:
Faculty are incentivized to participate in the "Big Ideas" courses because they have access to TILE classrooms, with less time delivering content and greater technology usage, as well as an opportunity to collaborate with faculty from other disciplines.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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