The Ignite program, with seed funding from the Jefferson Trust and support from the Office of the Provost, provides new faculty (i.e., approximately three years or fewer at UVA) with the knowledge, skills, and supportive community they need to develop into exceptional teachers. The core program components include our Course Design Institute or c3Design and participation in learning community meetings for one semester.
Over the course of the program, Ignite Scholars will…
- use evidence-based practices to design courses;
- learn effective approaches to teaching, including strategies to engage students through a variety of instructional technologies;
- develop a confident, robust, and efficient approach to teaching;
- prepare a teaching statement for performance reviews;
- build a supportive, interdisciplinary teaching network.
Ignite kicks off with an intensive course design experience where participants learn how to create rich, active classroom environments that support meaningful student learning – the kind of learning that changes the way students think, feel, and act. Scholars will then work in a small learning community twice per month in the fall or spring semester to support each other in implementing their courses and deepening their understanding of evidence-based practices. They complete the program by drafting an evidence-based teaching statement in which they document and analyze their work with students.