The authors of these chapters are faculty and instructors from the University of Minnesota System whose proposals to pursue innovative undergraduate teaching and learning at the course or curricular level were awarded grants through the Provost’s “Experiments in Learning Innovations” or “Digital Technology” initiatives. Working within teams that included teaching and technology consultants, each project engaged in formative design and research across 12 to 18 months, with several teams opting to contribute a scholarship of learning and teaching chapter for this monograph.
Collectively, the authors in this volume demonstrate a commitment to on-going responsiveness to challenges, and a desire to incorporate opportunities made available by technological developments. Many authors also reflect on the ways that relationships between teachers and their students, as well as between teachers in and beyond one’s home department, are critically important in fostering student learning.
Readers – including future faculty, as well as current instructors, faculty, administrators, regents and legislators – will benefit from this collection of articles for their attention to learners, complex learning, practicable pedagogy, and curricular experimentation.