The ITI and its Faculty Funding Sub-Committee are happy to announce that we have purchased a set of 24 tokens for faculty across D’Youville College to enroll in an online workshop option of their choice this Summer with Optimize Learning. Optimize Learning, founded and directed by Linda Jacoby, provides online professional development workshops to faculty, staff, and administrators from colleges and universities worldwide. Optimize Learning began in June 2015 offering Dee Fink’s course, “Designing Courses for Significant Learning,” authored by Dee Fink and based on Dr. Fink’s book, Creating Significant Learning Experiences. (Jossey-Bass, Updated Edition, 2013).  Linda and Dee worked together for several years through Dee Fink & Associates and when the opportunity to offer his online course through Optimize Learning became possible, both Dee and Linda agreed that it would make an excellent centerpiece and “core course” for Optimize to deliver and to which other course offerings might be added. In 2016 Fink and Optimize expanded his original course into two sequential parts— now known as Significant Learning by Design-I and Significant Learning by Design-II. Optimize Learning also added a workshop titled, “Getting Started with Team-Based Learning,” designed and delivered by Jim Sibley and based on the book Getting Started with Team-Based Learning by Jim Sibley and Peter Ostafichuk (Stylus Publishing 2014). In 2017, Optimize Learning added the fourth workshop, “Promoting and Assessing Significant Learning,” authored by Elizabeth F. Barkley and Claire Howell Major, based on their book, Learning Assessment Techniques, A Handbook for College Faculty (Jossey-Bass, 2016). Beginning February 2018, Optimize Learning is offering a new workshop, “Teach Students How To Learn,” authored by Saundra Yancy McGuire, based on the book Teach Students How to Learn by Saundra Yancy McGuire with Stephanie McGuire (Stylus Publishing, 2015). Each workshop is delivered completely online and is facilitated by a coach with experience in higher education, online learning and facilitating online courses and workshops. Coaches guide participants through the workshop, review participant work, provide ideas and personalized feedback on application activities throughout the learning experience and answer participant questions.

As of 8/7/2018, we have 18 unused tokens. Please notify if you would like to receive a token to enroll in a workshop of your choice. All those who register before the end of the first week of classes will receive the corresponding book for the course.The late Summer/Early Fall schedule includes:

  • Significant Learning by Design I (September 19-October 4, October 17-November 1)
  • Significant Learning by Design II (August 22-September 6)
  • Teach Students How to Learn (August 8-August 23, October 17-November 1)
  • Getting Started with Team-Based Learning (October 17-November 1)
  • Promoting and Assessing Significant Learning (September 5-September 20)