W&M Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation // 2019 - 2020 Annual Report


The Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation was established in 2019 to break through disciplinary silos, adopt appropriate new technologies, and more strongly connect with and lead colleagues across the university to advance teaching excellence. Our desire to connect, collaborate, and serve as a hub for instructors, co-educators, and students alike pushes us daily to serve our community in responsive and strategic ways.

2019 - 2020 ANNUAL REPORT

S T L i


To inspire and

catalyze the development of

transformative teaching and

learning experiences.

We work together with courage,

positive intent, and grace to sustain

an inclusive and vibrant learning

community for faculty, students, and

staff across the university.


>> Connect with and lead educators

at all career stages and with all types of

appointments, including students with

teaching roles, from across the university

>> Function as a connector and hub,

coordinate and collaborate across the

university for opportunities that support

student learning

>> Serve as an incubator for academic

innovation efforts that encompass multiple

units to further the academic mission of the


>> Offer learning opportunities through

a variety of programs, observations,

online resources, and individual/program


>> Support communities of practice, at

William & Mary and beyond, to explore new

possibilities for teaching and learning

>> Serve as a repository for resources,

materials, and case studies of teaching and


>> Embrace students’ perspectives, including

them as consultants and collaborators

>> Recognize and elevate the experience

and expertise within our community as well

as inviting in outside experts to support our


From the Director

We are entrusted to

catalyze innovative

programs and

practices while

responding to

the dynamic and

strategic needs of

William & Mary

The first year for the newly established

Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation

was quite memorable. Established in

Summer 2019, the studio was designed

to offer faculty, students, and staff from

across the university opportunities to

collaborate with each other as they

explore diverse modes of teaching and

learning. The goal was to lead efforts

to help those we work with to develop

expertise, ideas, innovative collaboration

experiences, and a range of opportunities

to explore teaching and learning. We are

entrusted to catalyze innovative programs

and practices while responding to the

dynamic and strategic needs of W&M.

Beginning in Fall 2019, flourishing

and innovation became two of our

guiding themes for programming. We

partnered with faculty members to

create a workshop series highlighting

innovation efforts at varying scales and

launched multiple learning communities

and interest groups to explore new

possibilities together - all with an

emphasis on helping instructors and

students flourish.

While some of our goals and a

significant proportion of our collective

time and effort necessarily shifted with

the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic

and the need to shift to emergency

remote teaching, we were able to

continue to build community across

schools and departments, catalyze

academic innovation efforts by leading

pilot projects, support faculty projects,

and collaborate to advance university

priorities. Our small but amazing team,

in partnership with our advisory council,

University Libraries, Information

Technology and learning partners from

across the university, has helped to not

only maintain instructional continuity

in a turbulent time, but also to elevate

and enhance the creative work of

William & Mary faculty and instructors.

We look forward to a new year that is

full of excitement and possibility for

teaching and learning for the alma

mater of a nation!


Mark Hofer, Inaugural STLI Director

Our Team

Adam Barger

Associate Director of

Academic Innovation

Mike Blum

Program Manager

Amber Donnelly

Communications &

Outreach Coordinator

Nataki Hill

Office Manager &

Administrative Coordinator

Mark Hofer


Roy Petersen

Educational Media

Production Specialist

Katalin Wargo

Instructional Design


Pablo Yañez

Program Manager

Our Advisory Council

Roxane Adler Hickey

Washington Center

Jim Barber

W&M School

of Education

Mark Brush

Virginia Institute of

Marine Science

Josh Burk

Psychological Sciences

Jessica Burns

Graduate Student


Kelly Crace

Center for Mindfulness

& Authentic Excellence

Dawn Edmiston

Mason School of


Sarah Glosson

Arts & Sciences

Graduate Center

Monica Griffin


Paul Heideman


Stacy Kern-Scheerer

W&M Law School

Michael Luchs

Mason School of


Heather Macdonald


Sylvia Mittendorfer

Reves Center for

International Studies

Mike Murphy



Chris Nemachek

Center for the

Liberal Arts

Lisa Nickel

W&M Libraries

Henry Philpott

Undergraduate Student



Interest Groups

A critical goal for the studio in building and fostering community is to maintain a healthy and

vibrant ecosystem of people, ideas, and practices involved in innovative and transformative

teaching and learning. Within a healthy ecosystem, important needs are more easily

identified and solutions can be pursued through targeted programming and initiatives.

The Digital Humanities (DH) Interest Group and Large Classrooms Interest Group

are two examples of this sort of community. As part of the DH initiative, the studio

hosted the first-ever 2020 Digital Humanities Teaching Symposium, which brought

together instructors and co-educators from across the digital humanities for a day

of presentations, round-table discussions, and workshops.

Workshop Series

The 2019 - 2020 Workshop Series consisted of three sessions each semester

and were built around faculty projects and practices, with a unifying framework

provided by the studio. The topics selected for the workshops were meant to have

broad applicability among all of W&M faculty. Workshops were also offered to remote

attendees via Zoom, as well as recorded for on-demand viewing.

Fall Workshop Series:

“Introspection, Investigation & Iteration”

>> Small Steps to Big Changes facilitated

by Rowan Lockwood & Arthur Knight

>> The Evolving Course facilitated by Clay

Clemens & Jim Barber

>> Re-Imagining Your Course facilitated by

Drew Stelljes

Spring Workshop Series:

“The Human Factor”

>> Cultivating Joy in Your Teaching

facilitated by Kelly Crace

>> Am I My Student’s Therapist?: Managing

Student Anxiety While We Adjust

facilitated by Kelly Crace & Mazarine Rossert

>> Maintaining Academic Integrity in Extraordinary

Times facilitated by Dave Gilbert


Fall 2019

Workshop Series




Partnerships &



Digital Humanities

Interest Group


Partnerships & Collaboration

STLI focuses on leading innovative teaching and learning efforts through collaboration

and university-wide thinking. Crucial to the studio’s work are the partnerships and

working relationships fostered among other campus units and co-educators. In its

first academic year as a unit, the studio fostered existing partnerships carried over

from W&M eLearning Initiatives and developed new ones. In all of these efforts, STLI

sought to foreground student learning in a holistic sense. Accordingly, an emphasis

is placed on under-utilized collaborations with non-academic units. These efforts

yielded positive relationships and actionable projects to bolster STLI’s position as an

interdisciplinary and broad-based unit dedicated to strengthening the overall learning

environment at W&M through collaboration and innovation.


Digital Humanities




Digital Humanities




Spring 2020

Workshop Series


2019 - 2020 Partnerships & Collaborative Initiatives

>> W&M Libraries

>> Information Technology (IT)

>> Sharing Authority: Highland and Lemon Project

>> Muscarelle Museum of Art

>> Office of Diversity and Inclusion

>> Center for the Liberal Arts

>> Arts & Sciences Graduate Center

>> Professional Schools

>> Center for the Whole of Government

>> Blockchain Lab

>> Writing Resource Center

>> Center for Mindfulness & Authentic Excellence

>> Dean of Students Office (DoS)

>> Student Accessibility Services

>> University Registrar

>> Tribe Innovation

>> Academic Affairs Committee of the Faculty Assembly

>> Digital Scholarship Center Committee


Academic Leadership Development

Ann Marie Stock, Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, initiated the Academic Leadership Development workshop to

explore possibilities for creating a program to support department chairs and program directors. Established as a signature project

for the studio, pilot programming began in Spring 2020. The Academic Leadership Workshops showcased a need for mid-level

leaders to receive more training and support. The network developed within the programming provided connections for participants

across the university and highlighted areas of shared interest. The identification of strategies to become more effective leaders was

noted, and having a space to discuss challenges with other midlevel leaders proved useful.

Several participants remain in contact with each other since the workshop and continue to share strategies for the leadership of their

units. The feedback from the pilot programming contributes to the strategic planning for future programming to support academic

leadership development at William & Mary. A focus on midlevel leaders contributes to advancement potential and succession

planning, and advances the day-to-day work of these leaders on campus. Since the completion of the pilot program, an interest

within W&M Arts & Sciences has been expressed to expand the current orientation events for

new chairs and directors to include programming that overlaps with future iterations of the

Academic Leadership Workshop.


The backbone of work done at the studio is faculty and co-educator

consultations. STLI learning consultants meet with instructors across the

university to provide guidance, collaborate on solutions, and empower

instructors to bring new ideas into their courses. While offering a variety of

pathways for faculty members and co-educators seeking help with teaching and

learning through consultations, learning consultants also reach out directly to all

instructors at the beginning of every semester with information on on-demand

resources and information for requesting a consultation. STLI consultations and

online resources are two of the most effective tools in supporting innovation in

teaching and learning at William & Mary. The success of transitioning key ideas

from consultations into self-serve opportunities for instructors has allowed the

STLI team to effectively support W&M instructors as they made the difficult

transition to online, remote, and hybrid teaching modes.


Total Consultations

during the 2019 -2020

Academic Year

Pandemic Partnership Highlights

W&M Libraries & Information Technology

As the university transitioned to remote learning, STLI,

W&M Libraries, and IT developed the Keep Teaching

Initiative which encompassed robust levels of supports

and resources. The Keep Teaching website housed

guides, tutorials, and best practices. Members from

each team facilitated webinars and tutorials to help with

technology and pedagogical issues.

Center for Mindfulness & Authentic Excellence

In an effort to prioritize mental health during the

pandemic, STLI and Associate Vice President for Health

& Wellness Kelly Crace worked together to reconfigure

the second workshop in the Spring series: “Am I My

Student’s Therapist: Managing Student Anxiety While

we Adjust” via Zoom. During the workshop, Crace

discussed teaching and management of student anxiety.

Dean of Students Office

The studio partnered with Senior Associate Dean of

Students Dave Gilbert to host the last Spring workshop:

“Maintaining Academic Integrity in Extraordinary

Times,” providing instructors with best practices to

encourage integrity and prevent academic dishonesty.

STLI and DoS developed a student feedback survey for

faculty to deploy and a university-wide student survey.



STLI has developed two courses

[Convert your Course // Blended

Learning @ W&M Course], numerous

video tutorials and webinars, and

an instructional resilience website

[Keep Teaching Initiative] dedicated

to preparing faculty for teaching in

dramatically different environments.

Through the synergy between ondemand

resources and consultations,

self-paced learning opportunities were

provided. The studio has been able to

nimbly provide support and resources

to a significant proportion of instructors

across W&M.


YouTube Views // STLI Tutorials


Digital Resources

Accessed Online


Blended Learning @ W&M

Course Enrollees


Academic Innovation Ventures

Academic Innovation is a critical focus of the studio, encompassing both new and novel approaches to teaching and learning.

Collaborative efforts to support faculty and co-educators are imperative to the strategic exploration of designing creative solutions

to instructional challenges. Academic Innovation at STLI dovetails with overall digital teaching and learning efforts such as academic

technology and online learning. Academic Innovation at William & Mary has moved forward with technology initiatives, mini-grant

processes, and a stage-gate model to test and scale innovation projects.

A Strategic Approach

STLI structures academic innovation

efforts with a stage-gate approach

developed specifically for the W&M

learning environment and institutional

context. The model below illustrates

our stage-gate format and the critical

junctures, or gates, that help inform our

decision to continue or discontinue an

innovation venture.

Drivers // Determine alignment with:

Current and emerging higher education trends // Major relevance to the university mission

and core values // Significant potential advantage to current teaching & learning // Sudden

urgency to meet unexpected needs

Accelerators // Determine path for:

Focusing on high impact opportunities // Attracting volunteer inquirers // Removing

barriers to further inquiry [cost, time, motivation, and training] // Collecting evidence and

experiences to be learned from

Sustainers // Determine specific answers for:

Who are the sponsors and champions of the innovation? // What are the external success

criteria? // What support structure exists, or can be created, to sustain the innovation? //

What long-term objectives can be delineated?


GATE 1: DRIVERS - Adapted from Re.D. STudio (2015) R&D your school: How to start, grow & sustain your school’s innovation engine // GATE 2: ACCELERATORS: Adapted from Kotter (2014) Accelerate: Building strategic agility for a

faster moving world // GATE 3 SUSTAINERS: Adapted from Kirkwood & Price (2013) Missing: Evidence of a scholarly approach to teaching and learning with technology in higher education.

Gradescope Pilot

Faculty teaching large courses spend a considerable amount of time providing often redundant feedback on tests and projects to

their students. Gradescope is a suite of online tools used to assist with many aspects of grading by incorporating machine learning

and artificial intelligence to greatly reduce redundant work by providing groupings of identical or similar answers, and distributing

feedback to these groups. The application was first introduced to the studio by Dana Lashley, W&M Chemistry professor, who was

already using Gradescope in her own courses. The integration of Gradescope into the university’s digital learning environment

proved successful with overwhelmingly positive feedback from faculty members, especially during the remote teaching period in

two successive rounds of piloting. As illustrated in the graph below, there has been a significant increase in Gradescope utilization in

courses, active student submissions, and students enrolled in courses using the application.







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Courses Active Students Enrollments


Online & Hybrid Learning

STLI collaborated with undergraduate

Liberal Arts & Sciences and the William &

Mary Washington Center to facilitate the

development and delivery of online and

hybrid courses for the 2019-2020 academic

year. Key contributions included:

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various stages

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Forward Thinking

2020 - 2021 Theme: Student Engagement & Connection

In the Spring semester surveys,

both faculty and students reported

“maintaining engagement and

connection” is one of the biggest

challenges in remote teaching

and learning. As a hallmark of the

William & Mary experience, it is

not easy to replicate in a physically

distant environment. To address

this, STLI will focus on two new

efforts: Amplifying Student Voices

& Leading Learning


Student Partners program brings important

perspectives to the fore. Tribe Innovation

collaboration and intentional integration

of student insight and feedback. Student

partners are filming a short documentary

on living and learning during the COVID-19

pandemic. STLI will also invite students to

contribute to webinars, workshops, and

training experiences.

Studio Space in Earl G. Swem Library

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the studio invested in a

collaborative workspace design concept to provide flexibility

and increase productivity. As the W&M community looks

forward to a full return to campus, the studio space will

offer a multitude of opportunities to:

>> Provide flexible space that enables

active learning and collaboration

>> Offer co-working space for instructors

and co-educators

>> Bring experts in teaching and learning

from around the world through Zoom

>> Provide a lending library of

teaching-related materials

LEADING LEARNING: The studio is developing

learning opportunities for faculty to explore small

steps that make a big difference in engagement

and connection. Anchored by a growing learning

community and a series of workshops led by

STLI Teaching Innovation Fellows, the studio’s

offerings will continue to capture and amplify

effective strategies to better support student


Student Partner Program

Co-led by STLI Graduate Fellows Kim Rodriguez

and Denise Lewis, the Student Teaching & Innovation

Partner Program is designed to support faculty in

teaching engaging and effective blended and remote courses.

2020 - 2021 positions include Synchronous Teaching Assistant,

Asynchronous Teaching Assistant, and Educational Media

Production Assistant. Moving forward, STLI proposes to expand

the program in Spring 2021. STLI aspires to leverage existing

partnerships at W&M, positioning Student Partners to help faculty

solve problems they encounter in their teaching, explore new

opportunities, and integrate digital tools and resources with a

student perspective in a wider capacity.

Teaching Innovation Fellowship Program

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon

Foundation’s New President’s grant that

supports institutional priorities identified

by President Katherine Rowe, the STLI

Teaching Innovation Fellows serve as

pedagogical leaders and collaborators to

support instructors across the university. The

fellows share their experience, mentor instructors

across disciplines, serve as group facilitators or session

presenters during course development seminars, and

design and offer professional learning opportunities on

innovative teaching practices. Looking ahead, the fellows

will branch out in their own disciplines and develop

workshops and programming focused on mental health

issues, student engagement and more - widening STLI’s

scope and strengthen the community of educators.

2020 - 2021 TEACHING


>> Candice Benjes-Small,

University Libraries

>> Kristin Conradi Smith, Education

>> Paul Heideman, Biology

>> Dana Lashley, Chemistry

>> Sara Mattavelli, Italian

>> Anne Rasmussen, Music

>> Meghan Sinton Miller,

Psychological Sciences

>> Dana Willner, Computer Science

>> Peiyu Wang, Arabic Studies

Thank You

To our donors, advisory

council, partners, and faculty,

instructors, co-educators, and

academic leaders across the

university, we are grateful for

your support, insight, and

collaborative spirit.

A special thank you to W&M

President Katherine A. Rowe,

Provost Michael R. Halleran,

Provost Peggy Agouris, Vice

Provost Ann Marie Stock,

and W&M Libraries Dean

Carrie Cooper for helping

to provide the vision to

make the studio a reality.

We are excited about the

possibilities for the future of

STLI to help catalyze “bold

and innovative aspirations,

courageous risk-taking, and

focused effort” to create

transformative learning

experiences for our students.