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?
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
Twenty-first century professional development (PD) in education, whether directed toward a focused technology goal such as increasing capacity for online instruction, or toward a more global goal such as increasing student learning outcomes, must take into account several key factors. These include the nature of … Continue readingSituating professional learning
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
Check out dyslexie. I’m not dyslexic, but I love using this font because I have a bit of hyperopia. Fortunately, thanks to the accessibility features in the course LMS I use, both my dyslexic students and I can opt to have our course information display in … Continue readingWeb Accessibility: A Team Approach
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
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
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