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Do you need a change theory?


Posted: Apr 6 2021 by

Daniel Reinholz
San Diego State University
Tessa Andrews
University of Georgia
Tessa Andrews, University of Georgia and Dan Reinholz, San Diego State University

Change Topics (Working Groups): Change Leaders, Guiding Theories
Target Audience: Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty, Non-tenure Track Faculty, College/University Staff, Institution Administration

Do you have an innovative new approach to teaching? Are you an educator who is frustrated by the lack of support for new teaching methods? Are you an administrator trying to improve education on your campus? Although research has taught us a lot about how to improve teaching and learning, actually making these improvements a reality can be much more challenging. That is where change theory comes in. More

Departmental Change: Engaging in a Change Initiative


Posted: Mar 17 2021 by

Joel Corbo, University of Colorado Boulder; Courtney Ngai, Colorado State University; Gina Quan, San José State University; Sarah Wise, University of Colorado Boulder

Change Topics (Working Groups): Guiding Theories, Change Leaders
Target Audience: Institution Administration, College/University Staff, Non-tenure Track Faculty, Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty
Program Components: Professional Development:Curriculum Development

The Departmental Action Team (DAT) Project supports departments as they make changes to their undergraduate programs. In previous posts, we described the principles that underlie the DAT Project and the initial stages of DAT formation. In this post, we'll share some of what DATs and facilitators do as they engage in a change initiative together. If you are interested in learning more, we are leading a free interactive webinar (Tuesday, March 30, 12-1:30pm EST) about facilitating change using the DAT model. Register for the webinar. More

Departmental Change: Starting an Initiative


Posted: Feb 9 2021 by Joel Corbo, University of Colorado Boulder; Courtney Ngai, Colorado State University; Gina Quan, San José State University; Sarah Wise, University of Colorado Boulder
Change Topics (Working Groups): Change Leaders, Guiding Theories
Target Audience: Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty, Non-tenure Track Faculty, College/University Staff, Institution Administration

The Departmental Action Team (DAT) Project supports departments as they make changes to their undergraduate programs through implementing DATs. This blog post is the second part of a four-part series on DATs, and describes the groundwork laid before a DAT officially forms in a department. Our first blog post describes our use of project principles. If you are interested in learning more, we are leading a free webinar (Tuesday, March 30, 12pm EST) about facilitating change using the DAT model. Register for the webinar. More

Using project principles to anchor changing departments


Posted: Jan 8 2021 by

Joel Corbo, University of Colorado Boulder
Courtney Ngai, Colorado State University
Gina Quan, San José State University
Sarah Wise, University of Colorado Boulder

Change Topics (Working Groups): Change Leaders
Target Audience: College/University Staff, Institution Administration, Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty, Non-tenure Track Faculty

The Departmental Action Team (DAT) Project supports departments as they make changes to their undergraduate programs. Project team members use the DAT Project's six Core Principles to guide their decision-making around change efforts. In this post we share why a principles-based approach supports successful change. This post is a great introduction for our free upcoming webinar on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 about facilitating change using the DAT model. Register for the webinar here More

'Eat Your Veggies' Research: Why I pursue qualitative research for an audience of quantitative-minded engineering educators


Posted: Oct 14 2020 by

Stephen Secules
Florida International University
Stephen Secules, Florida International University

Target Audience: Institution Administration, Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty, Non-tenure Track Faculty, College/University Staff
Program Components: Professional Development:Cultural Competency, Diversity/Inclusion, Pedagogical Training

In conversations on equity and education, I often hear people claim a certain relationship between qualitative and quantitative research— qualitative research can explore new complex topics in depth, so that subsequent quantitative research can demonstrate the trend. Further, if you want to convince an engineering or STEM educator of something, that quantitative trend will be crucial. Since the educator audience values numbers, the qualitative descriptions or arguments will be perceived as anecdotal. More

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