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

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

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