We reached out to some of our partners across campus to ask them for updates about their efforts supporting teaching and learning. Here is what they shared!


Second-Year Transformational Program (STEP)

The Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) had a very successful year in 2016-17. 134 Ohio State faculty led 2,400 students in small groups called cohorts. The STEP Faculty Mentors represented 8 colleges and 57 departments. STEP Cohorts participated in activities such as the VIA Character Strengths Instrument, Values Card Sort, personal statement writing, and community building. Faculty built community with their cohorts in various ways such as: cooking an authentic Italian Dinner, going ice-skating, doing a chocolate and coffee crawl, visiting the Book Loft, participating in a day of community service through the Beyond the Freeway Tour in downtown Columbus, and many other activities that built rapport and teamwork and formed lasting relationships between faculty and students.

Throughout this coming year the fouth class of STEP students will embark on transformational, signature projects through new, service learning trips abroad to India, Peru, Thailand, Tanzania, and Fiji; internships at companies across the United States; undergraduate research opportunities on and off campuses; leadership trips, conferences, and workshops; and creative and artistic endeavors that involve art, music, skydiving, mountain climbing, computer building and more.

STEP Faculty Mentors have shared that STEP has given them a greater understanding of students; deepened their commitment to the university; allowed them to network with faculty outside of their respective disciplines; positively impacted their teaching; and helped them grow personally and professionally.

A record-breaking fifth year of the program is anticipated in 2017-18 with 191 STEP Faculty Mentors guiding 3,000 second-year students as they make life decisions. For more information about STEP, contact Vicki Pitstick.


University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL)

The Faculty FIT program celebrated the close-out of the academic year on May 3, 2017, at the Faculty Club Grand Lounge.  Nearly 50 new faculty, their mentors, and members of the UITL and partners joined together for breakfast and sharing of their reflections on this first-year experience at Ohio State.  Special guest (and program mentor) M. Susie Whittington led the keynote address, and offered encouragement and advice for participants in their continuing journey in professional learning.  The program also included reflections from FIT faculty Annie Abell (Assistant Professor of Practice; Dept. of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering – Columbus), Qudsia Tahmina (Assistant Professor of Practice; Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering – Marion); and Julia Hagge (Assistant Professor of Reading Education, Dept. of Teaching and Learning -Marion)

New faculty participants also joined Dr. Kay Halasek (Director), and faculty fellows of the UITL in attending the University’s 14th Annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture that afternoon.  The Patterson Lecture featured Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, University of Kansas, speaking on public higher education at land-grant universities, in the 21stcentury.”

The UITL is looking forward to engaging with the next cohort of new faculty and their mentors during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Our next Kickoff event is scheduled for August 17, 2017.


Ohio State University Libraries

Here at the University Libraries our subject matter experts are excited to work with you on finding materials for your course, as well as working with you to help your students develop into curious and critical thinkers.

In terms of course materials, have you thought about…

  • replacing your traditional print textbook with freely available or library materials, such as ebooks, journal articles, or streaming media? Through our partnership in the Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX), our liaison librarians work with faculty to identify high-quality, low-cost or no-cost materials that could you be used in their courses. Find your subject’s librarian here.
  • leveraging Ohio State’s unique primary source materials to engage your students in new ways? We have extraordinary archives and special collections that could enhance the students’ experience in your course. Peak into some of the collections we have to offer.

Can’t find your subject librarian or not sure which curator to contact? Feel free to email Amanda Folk.

University Libraries’ faculty and staff would like to partner with you to help students develop and refine the ways in which they find, evaluate, and use information in both their academic and personal lives. Although there are many literacies that the Libraries’ routinely help students to develop, such as data literacy, visual literacy, primary source literacy, and news literacy, one that we devote a lot of time to is information literacy. To get a glimpse into the mind of a librarian, take a look at the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

At the libraries, we can…

  • help you think about how to develop scaffolded assignments that help students to move successfully though the research process.
  • work with you to develop course guides that point students to the best information tools for your course.
  • visit your course as a guest lecturer to talk to your students about anything related to finding, evaluating, and using information, as well as facilitating activities around these topics.

Did you know that we already have resources that you can implement in your classroom?

Do you have questions about copyright as they relate to your course materials? Our Copyright Resources Center can help!


Writing Across the Curriculum

Get a Writing Associate for Fall 2017!

Every instructor of writing wonders about three things:

  1. What do students really think of my assignments?

  2. How can I change my assignments or teaching to help students succeed?

  3. How can I motivate students to get expert help with their writing?

If that sounds familiar, we can help. Through our Writing Associates (WA) program, we’ll match you with a well-trained undergraduate Writing Center tutor and embed that tutor directly in your Fall 2017 class. We partnered with 11 different departments in 2016-2017, with faculty partners ranging from graduate teachers to lecturers to professors. And you could be next!

WAs offer more than just one-on-one writing help for your students. They also provide feedback about how students perceive your assignments. They can give expert, research-backed suggestions about how to painlessly tweak your assignments or course curriculum. They can also provide workshops or other in-class support to help students embrace your writing assignments and adapt to your discipline’s conventions. And of course, our WAC team will support them–and you!–every step of the way.

To get a WA, it takes just ten minutes to apply. Complete this form by Thursday, June 8th.

Hear more about the work WAs can do in the latest episode of WAC’s podcast, Write.Think.Teach. In this episode, “Spies in the Classroom, Part 1,” WTT talks with three undergraduate WAs who have been embedded in writing intensive courses across campus about how they work with students and teachers in those courses. You can access and download the mp3 file directly here. To subscribe through an RSS reader, copy this link into your preferred aggregator (like Feedly or iTunes). We also have a transcript of the episode posted on our resource wiki.