The Center for Teaching Excellence & Innovation will launch “The M.O.L.I.E. Initiative” on February 19th and 20th with a campus visit from Michigan State faculty who created SW290: Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse – Disasters, Catastrophes, and Human Behavior winning AT&T Best Fully Online Course Award of Excellence.
By July 31st faculty teams (2-3) will submit M.O.L.I.E. course proposals and share their dream of the EPIC story they wish to create with a course(s). Courses with low student participation, 'gateway' courses, and capstone courses are particularly encouraged.
In Fall 2015, faculty will be immersed a M.O.L.I.E. and experience firsthand the power of immersive learning. They will also participate in face-to-face quest-based curriculum development workshops working alongside university students to frame out their course narrative and quests.
UMW's M.O.L.I.E. courses infuse a unique feature - an embedded layer of scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) ensuring faculty will have data rich (qualitative and quantitative) formative and summative to talk about the ways in which their course support student learning contributing important lessons learned to our broader disciplinary communities.
Faculty receive a course release and begin course production in Spring 2016. M.O.L.I.E. courses will be offered in Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 academic year.