NYU Steinhardt Uses Sakai for Professional Development

This summer Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU hosted its first Course Innovation Grant program supporting the development of technology-enhanced courses. Thirteen faculty (representing twelve courses) were selected for the inaugural eight-week professional development program.

The goal of the course innovation grant was twofold: to support individual course enhancements and to provide a group professional development experience for faculty. For the twelve courses enhanced with technology, approximately seven leveraged Sakai as a primary technology resource, supporting flipped and blended environments to fully online courses. Almost all courses involved used at least more than one technology solution within their newly enhanced courses.  

The professional development component leveraged Sakai as the online course site environment. A curriculum was developed based on the ADDIE model, an instructional design framework. Faculty members were enrolled within a course site as students where they submitted assignments, participated in online discussions and interacted with weekly modules released by the Lessons tool.