What’s a Fellowship?
Creating a safe space for reflection and growth
When your faculty members accept a position in our Reflective Teaching Fellowship, they’ll join a thriving network of faculty members — either at your institution or across higher education — focused on understanding, learning and improving.
We won’t lecture at them or have them watch training videos. Through a facilitated, appreciative inquiry model, we help your faculty reflect on their own work — the teaching they are doing every week — and encourage them to try new things.
Through Pedagogical Analytics™, they can visualize their own teaching patterns and see how their patterns change as they teach different courses or work with different students. And, your institution will receive aggregated, de-identified data to measure your return on investing in their growth.
How It Works
Weekly engagement, coaching and planning
Depending on the goals of your institution and the starting point of each faculty member, our Reflective Teaching Fellowship lasts one to three terms. Throughout, fellows will have the support of a trained facilitator, a community of colleagues and easy-to-use software.
Specifically, fellows will join an online Teaching Circle of up to nine other faculty members in a similar academic area or discipline, e.g., health care, business, writing, STEM. Teaching Circles typically include faculty from multiple institutions.
Most weeks, we ask fellows to Reflect, Collaborate and Plan. At specific points in the term, we pull back the lens to help fellows set actionable goals.
Framework of Evidence-Based Instructional Practices
Faculty link their teaching moments to our framework of evidence-based instructional practices. There is no right way; just their way and how they want to grow.
There are 20 tags across four themes, designed to create learning environments that are:
Supportive – creating a community by building connections to one another while learning how to be a successful college student.
Challenging – optimizing student learning by gathering and sharing data to ensure students are presented with material and activities that are challenging yet attainable.
Varied – making learning personal and relevant for a diverse set of learners.
Organized – promoting the understanding and application of robust content by breaking down complex concepts systematically
Source: Taking College Teaching Seriously: Pedagogy Matters!