The coronavirus pandemic has given William & Mary’s Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation (STLI) an urgent purpose: Help faculty and students adapt to remote and hybrid classes and thrive in this altered environment.
The studio opened in August 2019 as a hub to encourage faculty collaboration across traditional boundaries and leverage new technologies that support diverse modes of teaching. These services have been particularly vital as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Partnering with W&M Libraries and Information Technology, STLI offers video tutorials, training seminars and workshops on digital tools, resources and strategies. Its website also includes examples of how faculty members are using technology in their courses, under headings such as Data Visualization, In-class Presentation and Oral Storytelling.
Philanthropic support through the For the Bold campaign has bolstered STLI’s work across William & Mary’s schools and departments. Since the onset of the pandemic, donors have contributed more than $146,000 to the STLI Fund.
“During this time of unprecedented challenges, private funds have been critical in supporting faculty in pivoting to new modalities and retooling assignments so that students continue to have meaningful learning experiences,” says Ann Marie Stock, vice provost for academic and faculty affairs, who led a team in crafting a vision for STLI.