The purpose of the Academic Advisory Council is to provide a channel for collaboration, feedback and guidance between academic units and the Center for Teaching and Learning. This includes guidance to Instructional Technology (related to technologies) and to Faculty/Student Success (related to pedagogy and best practices) that could be recommended for campus-wide adoption in both the online and classroom learning environments. Specifically, the AAC will provide such feedback and guidance as it relates to:
- How the CTL can best meet the instructional needs of UAB faculty and students
- How to increase the breadth of potential use of the CTL for teaching innovation and development
- How the CTL can be most effective in enhancing teaching and learning across the University (demonstrated through pilot projects, faculty experience, etc.)
- How the CTL can best assess funding priorities for educational research and initiatives
|Note: Selection of technology in the online/distance learning environment is with the ELPS (eLearning Advisory Council). Both Councils will keep each other informed of items that may impact the teaching environment and work together to ensure effective solutions are selected and implemented. The Director of eLearning wil represent the eLearning Advisory Council on the CTL Advisory Council in a non-voting capacity.|
Membership: The Council will include one faculty representative from each academic unit (college/school selected by the Dean), a representative from each library, and a representative from the UAB Faculty Senate. In selected larger schools additional representatives may be approved. The Associate Provost for Assessment & Accreditation and the Director of Academic Technology in UAB IT will serve as executive sponsors and members of the Council. The Council will be chaired by a selected member of the Council that will serve a one-year term beginning at the first meeting in September of each year. Individual members will serve two-year terms. The co-directors of the CTL (Faculty & Instructional Technology) will also serve as members of the Council and work with the chosen Council Chair to facilitate the collaborative efforts of the Council. The Council may also engage representatives from the larger community as needed for more specific or detailed review. A non-voting member, chosen by the Vice-Provost for Faculty and Student Success, will be included to represent University Retention Initiatives and Academic Engagement.
Members that will not be present at a Council meeting may send a proxy voter by notifying the Chair of the Council by email and indicating whether or not the proxy representative has voting authority for the member during that particular meeting.
Process: The Council will meet at least quarterly. As appropriate, representatives of the Center for Teaching and Learning and the AAC will work together to review certain technologies and programs that may enhance the campus-wide teaching and learning environment. The AAC will review such recommendations or information and assist the CTL in determining the value and priority of adopting the technology or program for the overall learning environment.