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?
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
When my string trimmer battery failed last week, I borrowed a trimmer with a small gas engine. I had enough procedural knowledge of small engines to operate it successfully the first time. But then I had to turn it off to replenish the trim line. … Continue readingFostering Troubleshooting Skills in Digital Learning Environments
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
Surveying the Educational Leadership Landscape: A Digital Education Leadership Mission Statement In 21st century culture, leadership is a word with, at best, ambiguous connotations. Our media, politics, workplaces, and interpersonal relationships are too often characterized by political pragmatism, economic opportunism, and the abuse of power … Continue readingDigital Education Leadership