Collectively Improving Our Teaching: A department-wide professional development program resulting in widespread change
A Change Café Webinar
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET
Presenter: Kimberly Tanner (San Francisco State University)
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Resources, including presentation slides and the Screencast recording after the webinar
Many efforts to improve teaching in higher education focus on a few faculty members at an institution at a time, with limited published evidence on attempts to engage faculty across entire departments. In this webinar, we give an example of a program which achieved the widespread faculty engagement that is often lacking. We created a long-term, department-wide collaborative professional development program, Biology Faculty Explorations in Scientific Teaching (Biology FEST). Over three years of Biology FEST, 89% of the department's faculty completed a weeklong Scientific Teaching Institute, and 83% of eligible instructors participated in additional semester-long follow-up programs. We will share a variety of evidence showing that a majority of Biology FEST alumni adding active learning to their courses (including self-report, survey, and decibal analysis), that this engagement was sustained, as was a sense of belonging in the department. We will share insights from our change story for other campuses wanting to spark widespread change in teaching practices – including ways to move away from a "deficit" model of faculty learning, towards positive support of instructor professional identity.
This webinar is designed for those engaged in faculty professional development, such as 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 to create faculty learning communities or departmentally-based efforts of change.
- Learn about the change story of a long-term, departmental program, and
- Reflect on how widespread change in teaching practices can be initiated and sustained.
Registration is closed.
Time - 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 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 carleton.edu) if you have any technical questions about this event.
University of Colorado at Boulder
Webinar Slides (Acrobat (PDF) 16.9MB Nov8 18)
1) Welcome and introductory marks - Stephanie Chasteen
2) Presentation - Kimberly Tanner
3) Q&A - Stephanie Chasteen
4) Webinar evaluation
Resources and References
- Owens et al. (2018) Collectively Improving Our Teaching: Attempting Biology Department–wide Professional Development in Scientific Teaching (Acrobat (PDF) 2MB Nov2 18)
- Owens et al. (2017) Classroom sound can be used to classify teaching practices in college science courses (Acrobat (PDF) 9.2MB Nov2 18)
- Seidel et al. (2015) Beyond the Biology: A Systematic Investigation of Noncontent Instructor Talk in an Introductory Biology Course (Acrobat (PDF) 1.5MB Nov2 18)