Should administrators focus on faculty professional development more than student learning targets?

The relationships among professional development (PD), effective teaching, and student outcomes are scrutinized through standards- or outcomes-oriented teacher improvement projects and the research studies that follow them. However, links between faculty PD and faculty effectiveness don’t exist apart from other factors, such as the role … Continue readingShould administrators focus on faculty professional development more than student learning targets?

What PD leaders and learners need to know about assessment reporting in high pressure accountability contexts

High-stakes accountability pressures can conflict with faculty implementation of best disciplinary and pedagogical practices (Meuwissen, 2017). In both public postsecondary and public K-12 education in the United States, the tension between, on the one hand, funding-  and policy-driven expectations at the state and institution levels … Continue readingWhat PD leaders and learners need to know about assessment reporting in high pressure accountability contexts

Research, realism, and relationship: Empowering PD partnership between Faculty and institutions

Parsing “PD” The shift to Common Core State Standards in 2010 not only changed teaching and learning by greatly increasing and standardizing emphasis on student knowledge construction and problem-solving, but was accompanied by an associated accountability movement that ties high-stakes testing of student outcomes to … Continue readingResearch, realism, and relationship: Empowering PD partnership between Faculty and institutions

Using Open Educational Resources to Support Academic Achievement in a First-year Humanities Class

Well-designed digital learning environments combine effective management strategies with collaborative learning processes (ISTE Coaching Standard 3: Digital Learning Environments). Open Educational Resources (OER) are instructional materials (such as textbooks, multimedia learning tools, and lesson plans) that can be used free of charge by instructors and … Continue readingUsing Open Educational Resources to Support Academic Achievement in a First-year Humanities Class

Archives and Analysis

Extending Literary Interpretation through Archival Research and Global Collaboration Visit the Website for this Project   Goals The goals of a 100 level college Introduction to Literature course include learning the rudiments of literary analysis, considering how literature interprets the human condition, and analyzing the … Continue readingArchives and Analysis

Toward a theory and practice of coaching higher ed faculty

Why re-imagine faculty professional learning? Among the three 2017-2021 strategic priorities of Colorado- and Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit higher education association EDUCAUSE is “reimagined professional learning.” By replacing the term professional development with professional learning in its vocabulary, CEO John O’Brien (2018) indicates the extent to … Continue readingToward a theory and practice of coaching higher ed faculty

Writing Math: Integrating Universal Design with “Social Turn” Writing Pedagogy

Teaching college writing involves teaching a broad range of applied skills to students from a broad range of backgrounds and intended future disciplines. This statement points to three ways in which the learning and teaching of college writing is an inherently problematized endeavor. The first … Continue readingWriting Math: Integrating Universal Design with “Social Turn” Writing Pedagogy

Research-based Frameworks for Addressing and Assessing Online Learning Engagement

I begin this post with two hypotheses about online learning, based on the one hand on my experience as a community college composition and humanities teacher in both face to face and digital formats, and on the other, on my experience as a graduate student … Continue readingResearch-based Frameworks for Addressing and Assessing Online Learning Engagement

Collaborative Professional Development as a Key to Sustainable Technology Integration

In a recent post, I explored the way faculty behavior—specifically in the form of modeling and collaboration in the classroom that enables students to co-construct knowledge—is a primary factor in connectivist learning. Here, I would like to address the subject of how an institution can … Continue readingCollaborative Professional Development as a Key to Sustainable Technology Integration

Redesigning the Blended Synchronous Peer Review Session

Click here for a 4 min. audio clip from a synchronous peer review session involving three students who used emailed drafts and live audio/video feed via WebEx. Twenty-first century college classrooms increasingly occupy digital spaces in which digital citizenship skills such as using online technologies … Continue readingRedesigning the Blended Synchronous Peer Review Session

Intellectual Access

Intellectual access: Using digital archives in an introductory literature course   Learning the discipline of literary analysis and interpretation and how these activities deepen one’s ability to think, read, and write critically about life is what a college Introduction to Literature course is about. In … Continue readingIntellectual Access

Digital Readiness

Synchronizing a Multi-Campus College: Meeting a Local Higher Education Challenge by Developing Institutional Digital Capacities Trends in the community college context Community colleges such as the one at which I teach are known for their responsiveness to community needs. But although nearly half of America’s undergraduates are … Continue readingDigital Readiness