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. Scholars Institutes are open to faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students from all three campuses. Colleagues from other area institutions, including K12 schools, often attend as well.
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.