Initial Publication Date: October 6, 2020

Designing Educational Innovations for Sustained Adoption: Writing proposals and developing innovations that have broader impact

Thursday, November 5, 2020

11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Presenters: Raina Khatri, Florida International University and Charles Henderson, Western Michigan University

Registration deadline: Tuesday, November 3


Propagation is a goal that most developers of educational innovations strive for. However, it is also a goal that eludes many, in part because development teams fail to consider and plan for many factors that affect propagation. This webinar will emphasize iterative evaluation and development of a propagation plan using what has been learned from study of the literature and evaluation of propagation plans from proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation. For more information on our project and supporting resources, see the Increase the Impact website .


This webinar is designed for people who have an idea for educational improvement that they would like to see implemented more broadly. This may include STEM faculty, disciplinary, and institutional change makers (e.g., department chairs, vice provosts, administrators, educational developers, faculty learning community facilitators, disciplinary association members and leaders). The workshop may be of particular interest for those who have attempted change and have not accomplished all that they planned to do.


This goal of this webinar is to introduce participants to the Increase the Impact resources and framework. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Contrast typical dissemination practices with effective propagation practices.
  • Identify characteristics of education development projects that are likely to result in sustained adoption of successful products.
  • Become familiar with the Designing for Sustained Adoption Assessment Instrument (DSAAI).
  • Be able to use the DSAAI to assess and develop strong propagation plans.


Registration deadline: Tuesday, November 3

Time - 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET
Duration - 60 minutes
Format - Online web presentation via Zoom web meeting software with questions and discussion. Go to the webinar technology page for more information on using Zoom. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Mitchell Awalt (mawalt at if you have any technical questions about this event.


Raina Khatri is a consultant who has worked with teachers and researchers to refine their materials for efficacy and widespread impact. Dr. Khatri received her PhD in physics education from Western Michigan University before becoming a postdoctoral research associate at the STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University. She has served as project manager of STEP UP, a national initiativeto dramatically increase the fraction of women majoring in physics at the undergraduate level, coordinating research and propagation efforts between collaborating institutions across the country. Herresearch focuses on how education developers in STEM can promote sustained adoption of their innovations, and development and propagation of equity-promoting reforms.

Charles Hendersonis a Professor at Western Michigan University (WMU), with a joint appointment between the Physics Department and the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education. He is the Director of the Mallinson Institute and co-Founder and co-Director of the WMU Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education (CRICPE). His research program focuses on understanding and promoting instructional change in higher education, with an emphasis on improving undergraduate STEM instruction. Dr. Henderson's work has been supported by over $9.5M in external grants and has resulted in many publications (see  He is a Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Dr. Henderson is the senior editor for the journal Physical Review Physics Education Research and has served on two National Academy of Sciences Committees: Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation, and Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education.


Click to view or download the webinar recording (MP4 Video 563.3MB Nov6 20).