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Supporting Faculty as Agents of Change

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Each of us strives to help our students learn key concepts and competencies, and each substantive step toward that goal is an accomplishment.  To inspire, encourage, and sustain great teaching, we also need to effect changes in our departments and programs, and this is a complex, multi-layered undertaking.  What are the greatest challenges to department-level implementation of evidence-based teaching practices and the recommendations of Vision and Change?  Each department or program is unique, but there are overlapping themes at diverse institutions across the country.  These themes include:

-- The power of academic traditions:  Faculty may be skeptical of education scholarship and can be reluctant to change how they teach.

-- The challenges of scientific teaching:  Scholarly teaching is an iterative and ongoing process, with ups and downs, and each setting requires slightly different solutions.  Good assessments are essential.

-- Reward structures and top-down resources:  Faculty investments of time and energy in evidence-based teaching may not be recognized and rewarded sufficiently to inspire and sustain change.

-- Student resistance to change:  Students may rate instructors who lecture as more expert, and they may resist out-of-class work (flipped classrooms)

-- Professional development of graduate TA's or adjunct instructors.

As we seek solutions to the puzzles at our own institutions, networks are powerful.  We learn from each other and take heart in the knowledge that amazing, dedicated scholars across the country are working towards similar goals.  Department-level change, like teaching, is an intellectually challenging enterprise.

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Describing impediments to department-level change

Started by Jo Anne Powell-Coffman. Last reply by Jo Anne Powell-Coffman Jan 7. 2 Replies

What are the greatest challenges to department-level implementation of evidence-based teaching practices and the recommendations of Vision and Change?  What is missing from the list above (on the…Continue

Increasing Persistance of College Students in STEM

Started by Jo Anne Powell-Coffman. Last reply by Jo Anne Powell-Coffman Oct 3, 2013. 2 Replies

A great article in the Science Education Forum:  http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6153/1455.full.pdf If your department /…Continue

If the funding decisions were yours...

Started by Jo Anne Powell-Coffman. Last reply by Patricia A Marsteller Jul 23, 2013. 4 Replies

If you were in the program director of a granting agency, what proposals would you solicit to inspire programs that increase undergraduate student engagement and learning in the life sciences across…Continue

What PULSE initiative holds the most promise for your department?

Started by Jo Anne Powell-Coffman. Last reply by Patricia A Marsteller Jul 22, 2013. 1 Reply

Each department encounters slightly different challenges and opportunities as they strive to adopt practices and cultures that support student-centered learning.  What PULSE initiative would be the…Continue

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Comment by Jo Anne Powell-Coffman on July 14, 2013 at 9:30pm

Inspired by the great work presented at SABER.  Talk about a great network!


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Comment by Gina Marie Semprebon on February 12, 2013 at 3:01pm

Thanks David...precisely the type of coordination we were hoping for.


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Comment by David Marcey on February 12, 2013 at 2:48pm

@ Gina,The StP Ambassador group would like to coordinate with you to amplify the impact of the regional workshops. We will be discussing this at our March meeting, with both Heather and Sharon present. Hopefully, links to the StP Resources site can be added to your site, and information on how follow up to the workshops can be obtained through the Ambassadors.

The regional workshop site looks great, BTW!

David 


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Comment by Gina Marie Semprebon on February 12, 2013 at 2:26pm

Are there any specific examples of active learning activities that are being  used in majors or non-majors biology courses that you would like to share?


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Comment by Gina Marie Semprebon on February 12, 2013 at 2:24pm

What feedback do you have to offer for the Vision and Change Regional Online Workshop?

Online workshop is located at http://tinyurl.com/4pulse

 


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Comment by Gina Marie Semprebon on February 12, 2013 at 2:22pm

What online faculty development tools have you found helpful?

 
 
 

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