The Change Maker's Toolkit: Preparing Faculty and Administrators to Make Academic Change Happen
Wednesday, May 16th
9:30 am PT | 10:30 am MT | 11:30 am CT | 12:30 pm ET
Presenter: Julia M. Williams (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)
Registration deadline: Monday, May 14th
Resources, including presentation slides and the Screencast recording after the webinar
Change has been targeted at the course and curriculum levels, focusing on teaching and learning methods and proving their efficacy. These beneficial activities have not, however, fostered the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) in motivation, communication, collaboration, and persuasion that are the foundation for change on larger, more institutional levels. These change strategies are well documented in the literature of other disciplines, such as organizational psychology and behavior, but have not been brought into the conversation within STEM education in a rigorous, accessible way. This presentation poses a central question: Can we overcome limits that prevent the diffusion of new ideas, can we overcome barriers to the adoption of effective practices, by focusing on the change agents themselves in terms of their skills and change expertise? The focus of this webinar is on the change maker's toolkit, the set of KSAs that can help change agents meet and conquer their change project challenges.
The concept of a change maker's toolkit derives in part from the ongoing work of the RED Participatory Action Research project. Funded in conjunction with the NSF Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) Program, REDPAR targets RED teams that are made up of disciplinary experts in engineering and computer science but who have not been equipped with the change maker tools that research suggests are essential for effective change management. Beginning in 2015, we have provided RED recipients the opportunity to learn and develop change KSAs through a customized change curriculum that has been delivered during the annual Kickoff Meetings of RED recipients. We have also followed the work of these agents, capturing their reflections on their efforts during focus group interviews. In addition, we have encouraged the development of a group identity as a RED cohort through monthly conference calls with the RED teams. The early results of the REDPAR work support our contention that faculty must be equipped with a "change-maker's toolkit" that supplements their disciplinary preparation and supports their efforts to make academic change on their campuses.
This webinar is designed for 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). It may have particular interest for those who have attempted change and have not accomplished all that they planned to do.
As a result of this webinar, participants will be prepared to:
- Understand the contents of the change maker's toolkit and see its application to change projects in STEM.
- Reflect on their own change maker tools and consider development of tools that they do not currently possess or have not used effectively in the past.
- Recognize the interrelations between research and practice in the derivation of the change maker's toolkit.
Registration deadline: Monday, May 14th
Time - 9:30 am PT | 10:30 am MT | 11:30 am CT | 12:30 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.
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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
1) Welcome and introductory marks - Mitchell Awalt, Science Education Resource Center
2) Presentation - Julia M. Williams, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
4) Webinar Evaluation
A recording of the webinar screencast will be available here after the webinar.