The University of Alabama System 2017 Scholars Institute

Thank you for your interest in the University of Alabama System Scholars Institute. The 2018 Institute will be held Thursday-Friday, May 10 and 11, 2018 at The University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama. The 2018 Institute theme is “Using Technology to Collaborate through Leadership, Teaching, Research and Scholarship”.

The 2017 event was held Monday-Tuesday, May 15 and 16, 2017 at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The event theme was “Lessons Learned and Future Directions: Technology in Teaching, Research, and Service”.

The Scholars Institute fosters a shared community of knowledge among members of the three UA System campuses. It brings us together to discover and discuss technology best practices in our teaching, research, and service. We expect more than 200 faculty, instructors, and staff member attendees and, again this year, each campus may have up to 10 graduate student attendees/presenters. Colleagues from other area institutions, including K12 schools, often attend as well.  Participation by a variety of disciplines, multi-campus representation, and a strong cross-section of faculty and staff members make the Scholars Institute more effective for everyone.

Since 2004, the UA System Scholars Institute has been hosted by one of the UA System campuses, rotating between The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and The University of Alabama in Huntsville. of Alabama. The Scholars Institute supports System-wide collaboration and encourages a shared community of knowledge for implementing best practices into the use of technology in the teaching, learning, and research processes. The Institute is an important professional development initiative for faculty in their use of technology in teaching and learning, particularly in support of the adaptation and use of new approaches to teaching with technology. Further, the Institute focuses heavily on the sharing of best practices across our System-wide community. Presentations emphasize quality, evidence of impact, tools, and pedagogical and practical approaches, with time for colleagues within and among campuses to engage in collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Institute also provides hands-on opportunities for practice and implementation of classroom and online tools.