The Instructional Innovation Internship program is intended to stimulate and support diverse and pedagogically significant applications of digital technology to teaching and learning across the Yale curriculum. Interns, through their interactions with technology and instructional staff, will have opportunities to learn and to utilize technical and pedagogic skills while designing materials that improve the teaching and learning experience for their fellow students.
The Instructional Technology Group explores innovative uses of technology, such as mobile technologies, WordPress course sites, custom teaching/learning portals, video production projects, digital humanities projects, etc., in teaching and learning at Yale. We like to think of ourselves as a creative collective supremely committed to Yale’s educational mission. We need some enthusiastic, free-associative, think-outside-the-box interns to help us do just that. We invite you to apply to be a part of the ITG creative team as an Instructional Innovation Intern [i3]!
About the program
The i3 program offers a number of great opportunities for Yale students to have a direct impact on the teaching and learning ecology at Yale by developing and supporting technology-enhanced course projects. The internship counts on you to be self-directed. Your ideas help fuel this whole enterprise! You can combine your interests with tech and teaching trends at large and the projects ITG develops in partnership with faculty and students. You will work closely with instructors, instructional technologists, librarians, and teaching specialists to design, develop, and support digital teaching resources for use in the Yale curriculum. You will also collaborate with a cohort of interns and staff whose skills and talents are always available for you to draw on.
During the summer, Fellows engage in faculty-initiated projects that involve development of digital teaching materials, the creation and prototyping of new teaching tools, and other initiatives that bring new digital resources into undergraduate and graduate courses. Faculty proposals will be invited and reviewed during the February and March of the preceding academic year. For those proposals that are selected, a project team consisting of the instructor, one or more Interns and a staff project manager will be assembled to complete the project over the summer.
During the Fall and Spring semesters year, Interns are available for consultation during a set of regular hours as well as on an appointment basis. These consultations are intended to address well-defined course support issues, such as digitization of materials, assistance with Classes*v2 and other online technologies, and help with small-scale digital materials development. As resources allow, academic year Interns also assist staff with longer-term projects, documentation, and outreach activities. The number of hours available to any individual course is 15 per semester. These services are available to any faculty who offer a course in Yale College or the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Students who are selected as Interns work under the supervision of staff in the Instructional Technology Group (ITG). Academic-year Interns will work 8-10 hours per week beginning in September. Summer Interns will be supported for 12 weeks at 35 hours a week beginning in June.
Interns will receive training and supervision from staff in the Instructional Technology Group, specialists from AM&T, the University Library, the Graduate Teaching Center, the Center for Language Study, and other units on campus. In addition to project and support work, interns will meet regularly with ITG staff and share their experiences with other interns through regular meetings.
Summer Interns will participate in all aspects of their assigned projects, including faculty consultations, technical and pedagogical design, and the development, testing and documentation of the deliverables. The Interns may be asked to provide technical support when the course is being delivered. Academic semester consultation services will involve on-demand technology consultations with instructors who are currently teaching a course, and may also require some small-scale technology or materials development.
Familiarity with the Classesv2 and some knowledge of WWW fundamentals is desirable. Because the program emphasizes collaboration with faculty and other staff, applicants should be organized and have excellent oral and written communication skills. The ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group is essential, as is an enthusiasm for exploring how interactive digital environments can enhance the teaching and learning process.