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Overview

Great Questions Pedagogy focuses on the discussion-based exploration of core and transformative texts within a teaching discipline. Great Questions classrooms help students raise questions that are important to us as human beings and emphasize works within various academic disciplines that help us to become more thoughtful about those questions.

Great Questions students are invited to play an active role in their own learning through discussion, project, and group-based classroom activities. Great Questions Pedagogy highlights students’ lived experiences as well as their personal and academic interests as assents in the learning process. Great Questions faculty help cultivate an open, inclusive, and supportive environment where students are able to productively raise and wrestle with challenging and consequential ideas.

Visit the Great Questions website for additional information.

Level 1: Introduction to Great Questions Pedagogy

An introduction to or rediscovery of discussion-based learning through active exploration of discussion-based pedagogical techniques centered around the study of core and transformative texts. Participants will discuss, explore, and reflect on transformative texts in a number of academic disciplines while learning how to incorporate discussion and project-based learning activities in their own courses centered around those texts.

Outcomes:

Upon completion of Level 1 training, participants will be able to:

    1. Discuss transformative texts with peers, which represent a diversity of academic disciplines.
    2. Apply discussion-based pedagogy in their own courses.
    3. Formulate engaging and student-centered study and discussion questions related to a core and transformative text in their home discipline.
    4. Create a project or group-based activity centered around a core and transformative text in their teaching discipline.

Number of Hours: 12 in-meeting (six meetings) and 12 in prep, total 24.

Stipend: $600

Completion of Level 1 places candidates in the selection pool for Level 2 Fellowships.

Faculty who have Completed Level 1

A small group workshop with Great Questions faculty members to redesign at least 40% of a course centered around the project and discussion-based study of core and transformative texts in the teaching discipline.

Outcomes:

Upon completion of Level 2 training, participants will be able to:

    • Identify at least one core/transformative text in the teaching discipline, which students will read in its entirety, and create comprehensive, engaging and student-centered study and discussion questions related to that text.
    • Identify selections from other core and transformative texts in the teaching discipline, and create comprehensive, engaging, and student-centered study and discussion questions related to those selections.
    • Develop one or more project or group-based activity centered on core and transformative texts in the teaching discipline that collectively account for at least 15% of the course grade.
    • Design a syllabus where at least 40% of course material is centered around core/transformative texts in the teaching discipline, and which can be listed with a Great Questions Seminar course note in the schedule.

Number of Hours: 30 – 50 hours, depending upon the level of course redesign desired.

Stipend: $1,200

Application Deadline: Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Applications Closed

Completion of Level 2 places candidates in the selection pool for Level 3 Fellowships.

Faculty who have Completed Level 2

Level 3: Great Questions Faculty Fellowship

Faculty who complete Level 2 training and teach a course listed as Great Question for at least two semesters will be eligible to serve as Great Questions Course Redesign Workshop leaders and mentors for Level 2 participants.

Contact

For questions about ACC Course Redesign Great Questions Fellowship opportunities, please contact Ted Hadzi-Antich Jr.  – thadzian@austincc.edu.