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From Pac-Man to Pokémon Go: The Role of a Video Game Designer

October 27, 2016

This is a cross-post from Stephen Jacobs, Professor, Interactive Games and Media, in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, from the RIT Online blog.

 

News & Numbers from the Innovative Learning Institute

October 12, 2016

I’m pleased to share with you some recent data from the Innovative Learning Institute regarding online enrollment, course availability, and faculty resources.

On edX

March 11, 2016

"To boldly go … " -Captain James T. Kirk, Star Trek

You have to appreciate the simplicity of the mission of the USS Enterprise, Star Trek’s iconic starship: To boldly go where no one has gone before. When it comes to its teaching and learning mission, RIT shares this passion for exploration. It was, after all, the first institution to offer a number of unique degrees such as software engineering, microelectronics engineering, biotechnology, and a Ph.D. in imaging science to name a few. And in the 90s it was a leader in online education, offering one of the first online program in the country. Innovation and teaching go hand-in-hand at RIT. 

25 things to consider before tenure review

September 25, 2015

new faculty

 

A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to speak to the new tenure-track faculty at the new faculty orientation and I chose to give to them a list of 25 things for them to consider by the time they come up for tenure. The idea was not to undergird the usual suspects (“write lots of papers", "get good teaching evaluations", "serve on committees”) but rather think of what we will be looking for in 6 years from now.

 

Encouraging a robust portfolio of online general education courses

April 10, 2015

It is fascinating to reflect on the constantly changing landscape of online education. Just a few years ago, we could not open an issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education without reading about MOOCs. Of course, MOOCs remain popular but how they will become an integrated part of the critical strategy of higher education remains to be seen. At the same time, with pressure from student demand, institutions have ramped up their offerings of online courses. 

The Innovative Learning Institute gauntlet

May 13, 2014

"Innovation is creativity with a job to do."

-John Emmerling

"A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad."

-Theodore Roosevelt

 

I often get asked "What's up with the ILI?" It's a fair question and one that deserves answering so I'm dedicating this post to the Innovative Learning Institute. 

"… an amazing part of my break."

February 11, 2014

Love is a potion mixed up by careless fools
And it takes two and it takes two
Love isn't certain, it comes right out the blue
And when she casts her spell, there's nothing you can do
- Sub Focus, "Out the blue"

I'm learning that sometimes a posting can just fall out of the blue and onto your lap. Here's a delightful email passed onto me from Alla Bailey who taught an innovative course during the intersession. 

Thanks, Alla, for your pioneering effort!

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Colleagues,