Instructional innovation workshop

Instructional Innovation Workshops (IIWs)

Topic: Open Educational Resources
Workshop dates: May 13-17, 2024
Deadline for proposals:  Friday, March 29, 2024 
The CLS is happy to announce that we will once again offer an Instructional Innovation Workshop (IIW) this academic year. The IIW is a five-day intensive opportunity for language faculty to work on projects based on a specific theme that changes from year to year.  We invite language faculty to submit proposals related to the workshop topic.
The topic for this year is Open Educational Resources (OER), and the focus of the workshop will be on developing innovative OER at all levels of the curriculum with a strong preference for those projects that incorporate Artificial Intelligence tools. This can include, for example, a collection of videotaped interviews with native speakers tagged with topics and language features for use at a variety of levels within one language program; a collaborative project to develop the first in a series of modules that will eventually replace a textbook; a lesson developed around sustainable development goals that includes open media, interactive activities, and opportunities for students to work collaboratively; etc. 
The workshop will start Monday, May 13th, with an opening plenary session with participants, followed by a keynote presentation which will be open to the entire language community. Daily activities will run from 9:00-4:00 ending with a lunch on Friday, May 17th. As is our tradition, the IIW will feature lectures and mini-workshops by invited speakers, small-group-discussions, and brief final presentations by the participants. 
Each participant selected will receive a stipend of $1000, which requires a commitment to develop a project to be implemented the following academic year, full attendance and participation in the entire workshop (M-TH 9:00 – 4:00 and Friday 9:00 – 1:00 p.m.), including a project presentation on the final day of the workshop, and sharing the results with your colleagues in a Brown Bag next academic year.
If you are interested in participating in this year’s IIW, please submit a 2-3 page detailed project proposal by March 29, 2024 to Mary Jo Lubrano ( or Fernando Rubio (
The proposal should include:
A title
An abstract that briefly summarizes the project.
A rationale for the project:
o Why are you proposing this OER?
o What specific needs will this OER help your course(s) or program address?
A detailed description of your project:
o Outline the objectives and/or the scope and sequence of your proposed OER.
o Include a timeline for implementation of your proposed project.
o Describe how you plan to evaluate the effectiveness of your OER once implemented.
Please contact Fernando Rubio ( or Mary Jo Lubrano ( if you have any questions. We’re happy to schedule an appointment (in-person or via Zoom) to discuss your project plans and to assist with your proposal development.