Founding Fellows Complete a Year of Reflection and Collaboration with Faculty Guild

Last month, we were thrilled to acknowledge the founding group of Faculty Guild fellows that completed a year-long fellowship! Representing Immaculata University, Montgomery College and Towson University, the cohort included full-time faculty, part-time faculty and graduate students in a range of disciplines, including allied health, biology, chemistry, communications, computer science and English. 

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Our Greatest Hits from 2018

As we prepare for a new academic term, we’re reflecting on the ideas we highlighted on our blog in 2018. Our top five blog posts included a reminder about the value of storytelling, an interesting Q&A with Dr. Gail Mellow and perspectives from other thought leaders. 

These are the stories that our readers responded to, engaged with and shared. We are grateful to our contributors and our growing community as we work to build a Teaching Success Movement. 

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A Culture that Values Professional Development of Teaching and Learning 

Given that the mission of most colleges and universities is teaching and learning, one would assume a primary part of their culture would be professional development around teaching. But, teaching expertise has evolved to mean expertise in content – leaving pedagogy largely overlooked. Unless campus leaders and faculty developers recognize that the history of our campuses has backed in a culture that is not conducive to pedagogical development, then the endeavor can feel like ramming up against a brick wall.   

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Supporting Adjunct Faculty to Advance Student Success in Community Colleges

In 2016, Achieving the Dream, a non-profit student success organization, provided six colleges with funds and support to experiment with strategies to engage adjunct faculty in the service of improving outcomes for students. The Community College Research Center (CCRC) partnered with ATD to assess the effort. A new CCRC brief summarizes baseline research on faculty experiences at the six colleges and describes strategies the colleges are employing to address part-time faculty members’ needs. 

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Is Teaching Quality the Next Front for Education Investors?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Over dinner, [Dr. Gail] Mellow told [David] Yaskin about the book she had co-written, Taking College Teaching Seriously, which described the methodology she and hundreds of colleagues had developed in tackling the subject as part of a project called Global Skills for College Completion.

For Yaskin, it was a lightbulb moment. After reading the first chapter, he says, “I realized this is what I’m going to spend the next decade doing.”

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The Importance of Context: An Exploration of Factors Influencing the Adoption of Student-Centered Teaching Among Chemistry, Biology and Physics Faculty

This study examines departmental environment impacts that influence faculty adoption of evidence-based instructional practices in specific STEM fields (chemistry, biology, physics) at a single, large research university. 

Lund, T.J. & Stains, M. (2015). The important of context: an exploration of factors influencing the adoption of student-centered teaching among chemistry, biology, and physics faculty. International Journal of STEM Education, 2(13). DOI 10.1186/s40594-015-0026-8

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Faculty Guild to Scale Faculty Development Model Pioneered by LaGuardia Community College Foundation

Faculty Guild, an educational services and technology organization focused on improving student outcomes through purposeful teaching, today announced that it has exclusively licensed the research, methodology and assets of the Global Skills for College Completion (GSCC) project, led by the LaGuardia Community College Foundation. LaGuardia Community College is one of 24 institutions within The City University of New York. 

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Achieving a Scaled Implementation of Adaptive Learning through Faculty Engagement

This paper presents a case study describing the implementation of adaptive learning at Colorado Technical University (CTU) with a focus on faculty adoption. A number of barriers to the adoption of technology will be discussed and more importantly, how CTU overcame these barriers.

Johnson, Constance and Zone, Emma (2018) "Achieving a Scaled Implementation of Adaptive Learning through Faculty Engagement: A Case Study," Current Issues in Emerging eLearning: Vol. 5 : Iss. 1 , Article 7. 

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Toward ‘Hybridised’ Faculty Development for the Twenty-First Century

This article highlights the benefits of communities of practice for faculty and the importance of leveraging both online and face-to-face interaction to maximize the impact of professional development. 

Brooks, C. (2010). Toward ‘hybridised’ faculty development for the twenty-first century: blending online communities of practice and face-to-face meetings in instructional and professional support programmes. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 47(3), 261-270. DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2010.498177 

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Facilitator Notes: A Conversation with Lisa Levinson

Lisa Levinson is a facilitator with Faculty Guild. She has taught at the college and community college levels as both a full-time and adjunct faculty member. The following post captures some of her thoughts on a Faculty Guild fellowship. She provides great insight into which of the evidenced-based instructional practices she thinks faculty most commonly avoid and which ones they most intuitively understand.  

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Using Appreciative Inquiry

This article explores how one lecturer in higher education used an appreciative inquiry approach to enhance her teaching practice, including the positive impact strengths-based inquiry had on her planning for future enhancement of her teaching. 

Giles, D. & Kung, S. (2010). Using appreciative inquiry to explore professional practice of a lecturer in higher education: Moving towards a life-centric practice. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 50(2), 208-322. 

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Online Teaching Practices and Appreciative Inquiry

This case study explores the use of appreciative inquiry in the online classroom and its relationship to adult learner motivation, engagement, and performance. The study indicated that using an appreciative inquiry approach has a positive impact on the learning environment regardless of discipline. 

Johnson, B.A. (2014). Transformation of online teaching practices through implementation of appreciative inquiry. Online Learning, 18(3), 1-21. 

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Active Learning Boosts Performance in STEM Courses

In this article from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, see how active learning significantly impacts student outcomes.

Scott Freeman, Sarah L. Eddy, Miles McDonough, Michelle K. Smith, Nnadozie Okoroafor, Hannah Jordt, Mary Pat Wenderoth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Jun 2014, 111 (23) 8410-8415; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1319030111 

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Community of Practice Framework

This review examines the role that Wenger’s Community of Practice framework has played in online and blended learning research. 

Smith, S.U., Hayes, S., & Shea, P. (2017). A critical review of the use of Wenger's Community of Practice (CoP) theoretical framework in online and blended learning research, 2000-2014. Online Learning Journal, 21(1), 209-237. doi: 10.24059/olj.v21i1.963

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