The Innovative Teaching Scholars (ITS) program offers Thai university educators a unique opportunity to receive training in pedagogy from Stanford University and develop their scholarship of teaching and learning. The program is supported by the Stanford Thailand Research Consortium (STRC), and has no cost for the participants or their universities. The Innovative Teaching Scholars will contribute to the mission of the Thailand 4.0 economic model to equip Thai students with 21st century skills so that they become creative and purposeful leaders who thrive in an innovation-based economy.
The ITS program is seeking educators from Thai universities who are eager to represent their institution and contribute to the transformation of the education system in Thailand. The ideal candidates are university educators (lecturers and professor track) in any discipline, who are open to trying new ways of teaching, collaborating with a community of like-minded peers, and sharing their expertise with colleagues at their university and beyond.
To provide participants with a peer to collaborate with at their home institution, educators must apply in pairs, alongside one other colleague from the same department.
This initial offering of the ITS program in Thailand will be conducted in English and will be highly interactive, so a professional working proficiency of the English language is required. Participants should be able to present confidently and converse casually in English.
Program Focus and Structure
This program will focus on teaching skills, frameworks, and methods that participants will be able to integrate during the semester in a way that will enhance and not disrupt their course curriculum and plans. The program consists of two stages that will provide a transformational learning experience:
Stage 1: ITS Course // September - November 2020:
The course will span nine weeks of virtual training, and will include workshops, dedicated coaching in small groups, and self-paced projects that will help educators improve their own courses. These sessions will be conducted via Zoom. The course will demand a dedication of 3-4 hours/week. The first week, September 21-25, will require 6 hours.
Stage 2: ITS Community of Practice // January - June 2021:
In Stage 2, participants will continue deepening their practice and expertise as innovative educators in a community of practice. They will meet as a cohort and in small peer groups, with the dedicated support of a coach from Stanford, for five months during the second semester.
Application and Additional Materials
Before applying below, applicants should review the ITS information packet and consider the dates and times for course activities. Attendance at all activities is required.
Interested Thai educators may apply for ITS here: bit.ly/ITS2020-application
For additional information, please watch and share the recording of the ITS informational webinar (held on August 14, 2020).
Thai educators and university leaders are also welcome to attend our upcoming virtual “office hours” on Thursday, August 27, 8:30 am - 9:00 am ICT.
Leticia Britos Cavagnaro
Adjunct Professor and co-director of the University Innovation Fellows Program, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design
Senior Director, Global Initiatives and Strategy, Stanford Center for Professional Development
Chonnakarn (On) Doolyabhandit
Senior Project Manager, Southeast Asia Center (SEAC)
We offer our sincere appreciation to AP (Thailand), AIS, and Kasikornbank for their generous support of this project as members of the Stanford Thailand Research Consortium.