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?

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

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

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