Teach at the West Houston Institute
Join Us in Fall 2021!
The West Houston Institute is HCC’s hub for innovation with a mission to reimagine and reinvent higher education. Every semester, we work with faculty, both virtually and on campus, to explore new methods of teaching and learning. Faculty from all programs are encouraged to request to teach with us and innovate some aspect of their courses. Join us this Fall as we seek to discover what comes next as we continue to face a new normal within our college community. Those faculty who are selected will have access to the unique learning spaces available at WHI and will be able to work directly with our staff on the development and offering of their reimagined courses.
Learning Themes for 2021-22
For 2021-22, we have three themes that we encourage faculty to consider as part of the requests. Although we encourage all types of requests, we will be prioritizing those that fit into these three broad areas:
- Challenge-Based Learning – Engaging students in connecting what is learned in the classroom to real-world problem-solving through projects and research.
- Communities of Practice – Developing student competencies through an apprenticeship model of learning through authentic learning experiences that reflect professional working environments.
- Micro-credentials – Awarding student achievement with digital badges that recognize completion of soft and hard skills, such as creativity or coding, within an academic course or program area.
About Our Learning Spaces
- Lecture Classrooms – All classrooms are equipped with a multimedia teaching station that includes an instructor computer, controller and wall mounted 80” flat screen monitor.
- Active Learning Classrooms – Designed to promote collaborative learning facilitated by media and technology. Room design features four large pods seating up to nine students each. Each pod includes a whiteboard and 60” monitor.
- Experimental Classrooms – Created as part of our Learning Spaces Initiative, these spaces offer integrated furniture and technology design to promote media-rich, project-based learning. Faculty will need to participate in our ongoing research into the use of these spaces as part of their usage.
- Computer Labs – 24 desktop computers with advanced computing capacity capable of handling most software packages and network-based applications. Includes multimedia teaching station.
- Science Labs – Labs are available in the Life, Physical, and Engineering sciences. In addition to equipment outfitted for each lab type, all labs also include 3-4 desktop computers and multimedia teaching stations.
INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT SPACES
- Collaboratorium – A facilitated environment to promote creative problem-solving and solutions design. Includes technology-enhanced divergent and convergent spaces for ideation and collaboration.
- Digital Media Center – Library supported space for digital media development spaces to support visual communication. Includes One Button Studio (video recording), audio recording booth, and media editing lab.
- IDEAStudio Makerspace – The technological anchor of the building, the 10,000-square foot makerspace provides an electronics lab, 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, and traditional tools for digital fabrication and prototyping. Promotes student creativity, collaboration, and 21st century skills acquisition.
- Learning Commons – Library supported space for study, collaboration, content creation, research, and learning support. Includes instructional computing lab, single and group use study rooms, 24 high performance desktop computers.
- Research Lab – Multi-room lab space with specialized equipment for materials research, including x-ray diffractometer, atomic force microscope, electron microscope, as well as a cell culture room with storage, freezer and incubator.
Make Your Request Today!
We ask that all faculty who would like to innovate their teaching at West Houston Institute to complete this brief form. You will need your department chair's and dean's approval as part of your submission. Contact Interim Director Jordan Carswell or Program Coordinator Dr. John Swann with an questions or requests for assistance in this process.