New Teaching Endorsement on Meaningful Inquiry

The University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL) and its partner, Universities Libraries, are pleased to announce a new Teaching Endorsement on Meaningful Inquiry.

While earning this Endorsement, participants will consider practical strategies for addressing racial and social class achievement gaps by designing meaningful and equitable research assignments.

Topics covered include:
•    Information Literacy
•    Decoding the Disciplines
•    Transparency in Learning & Teaching (TILT)
•    Student Motivation to Learn
•    Asset-based Pedagogies

Faculty, staff, and graduate students who wish to earn this teaching endorsement must complete an in-person workshop series. The first workshop series will be offered Aug. 12–14. Registration is now available here, or you may sign up for email updates here.

In addition to a Meaningful Inquiry Endorsement, participants who complete the workshop series will be eligible to apply for the Meaningful Inquiry grant, which provides up to $2,500, plus expert support to transform inquiry-based assignments within a course.

Amanda Folk, head of Teaching and Learning for University Libraries, said the inspiration for this endorsement came from a research study investigating the experiences of 30 first-generation students assigned research projects throughout their collegiate experience. 

“I was really interested in trying to understand why certain projects resonated with some students and what these students found motivating to put forth a good amount of effort to learn,” she explained. 

Teaching Endorsements are credentials provided by UITL to reward and identify faculty, staff, and graduate students who pursue excellence in teaching by participating in professional learning programs at The Ohio State University. Those who wish to earn an endorsement must complete its specific requirements and submit a short self-reflection. Documentation of Teaching Endorsement completion appears on graduate students’ official transcripts and in Vita for faculty.

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