In April, Student Instructional Technology Assistant (SITA) Mark Baccei presented his experience working in the TILE Labs Program to the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
The presentation focused on the role of graduate students in higher education and how they have helped with curricular and classroom course transformation.
“My area of concentration for course work has been teaching, learning and curriculum development, “ says Baccei, a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the UI College of Education. “So the TILE program has been an amazing opportunity to apply content from my courses”.
The collaboration of SITA with the TILE initiative at Iowa has for many years served as a resource for faculty in the differing stages of course transformation, especially in the integration of student-centered learning and technologies for TILE fellows.
Over the last two years, Baccei has been integral to the success of the TILE Labs Program during which time the program has grown rapidly in response to increasing interest across campus.
During his ACPA presentation, Baccei described his experience working with TILE and its impact on his graduate professional development
“TILE has allowed me to meet countless faculty members who are implementing student-centered, active learning in different ways, “says Baccei. “It has been exciting to see different practices, but also be able to engage with faculty and offer suggestions into ways they could further transform their courses.”
Baccei was recently awarded a Seashore Grant and hopes to finish his dissertation in the coming year.