Finding Impact Through Storytelling 

Nashville was buzzing with excitement last week at the third annual Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate conference. I have been lucky enough to attend and present at OLC Innovate for all three years of its existence, and, once again, I have come away with a renewed understanding of the important impact that innovative practice and technology have in our conversations about student and faculty success.

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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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ACE 2018: Looking Back to Look Forward

This weekend, the Faculty Guild team had the pleasure of participating in the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, DC. Throughout the event, we were pleased by the discussions on the connections between quality instruction and student outcomes. The conversations often began in different places, guided by institutions’ own histories. 

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Faculty Perspectives, vol 2

VIDEO: We love to hear from faculty members about their experiences in the fellowship. Take a few minutes to hear from one recent fellow as she shares thoughts on what teaching means to her, why others should participate in a fellowship, what has stayed with her, how this professional development experience compares to others, and more!

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Conversations at the AAC&U Annual Conference

Last week’s AAC&U Annual Conference was terrific. Members of our team attended sessions throughout the conference. We had a great time introducing the work of Faculty Guild to so many higher education leaders who represent liberal arts institutions across the country. The feedback on our reimagined approach to faculty development was inspiring.  

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Faculty Perspectives, vol 1

VIDEO: We love to hear from faculty members about their experiences in the fellowship. Take a few minutes to hear from one recent fellow as she shares thoughts on what she had hoped to gain by participating in a fellowship, how this experience compared to other professional development programs and what she wants others to know!  

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Improving Social Mobility Through Purposeful Teaching

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining 23 education leaders in Seattle at a convening hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Our mission was to help the foundation consider ways to support faculty members in improving outcomes for low-income students through better teaching. The drive to improve social mobility, a cause I share, is a priority for the Gates Foundation.

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Three Takeaways: Complete College America Annual Convening

I’ve just returned from last week’s annual Complete College America (CCA) convening in New Orleans. It was a terrific event, attended by leading voices in higher education from across the country. Although I have participated in previous CCA meetings as a CCA staff member or as an appointed state liaison, this was my first time attending on behalf of Faculty Guild. My new perspective brings new insights. Here are three takeaways...

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The Secret to Realizing the Potential for Technology-Enabled Teaching and Learning

Despite countless dollars being invested in the spirit of innovation, research has shown that the success of technology integration, particularly in the classroom, is largely dependent on each faculty member’s interest, willingness or even understanding of how to use the technology. As IT leaders gather at EDUCAUSE to consider technology innovations to bring to their institutions, it is imperative they consider the full spectrum of support needed to ensure the success and integration of the investment by faculty members. 

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Faculty, the Missing Piece in Student Success Initiatives

A lesser-discussed component in the student success equation is the role of the faculty. It is acknowledged that faculty are critical players in many initiatives. Faculty members have the most contact with students and are able to see, communicate and guide in ways that others cannot. Yet, in the larger push to implement and effect change, it is possible and even likely that not enough space has been created for broad faculty engagement and ongoing development to fully position the efforts for success.

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Part-Time Faculty: The Other “Hidden” Community

In the same way that part-time students are hidden from view and may feel that they are operating at the margins of higher education, so too is another population in higher education – part-time faculty. Part-time or adjunct faculty are critical to helping students succeed. Unfortunately, higher education systems were not designed to support part-time faculty or sufficiently integrate them into the institution’s culture. 

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Dr. Julie Johnson Named as Founding Chief Academic Officer of Faculty Guild

Johnson most recently served as vice president of strategy for Complete College America, a national non-profit focusing on state-level policy, advocacy and technical assistance to improve college completion for public higher education. She also served as the founding deputy CEO for the University of the District of Columbia Community College. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the undergraduate and graduate levels, most recently as a professorial lecturer of education at The George Washington University.

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Beyond the Workshop: Extending Professional Development Days Throughout the Year

By all accounts, institutions are serious about helping their faculty members start the term off right. But what if institutional support for quality teaching was the norm throughout the year? After all, the goal of professional development is to help faculty members challenge their own thinking and to drive their own change. What kind of impact could this have on student outcomes?

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John Plunkett Joins Faculty Guild as Founding Chief Operating Officer

Plunkett is an executive with more than 25 years of education technology experience. He most recently served as senior vice president of marketing and external relations for Hobsons. Prior to Hobsons, he was the senior vice president of strategy and marketing for Starfish Retention Solutions, which was acquired by Hobsons in 2015. He has also held marketing executive roles for Blackboard Inc. and GetWellNetwork, Inc.

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Engaging Faculty in the Student Success Conversation

In our work at Complete College America, Starfish Retention Solutions (now part of Hobsons) and Blackboard – three leading voices in the student success movement – we have proudly seen appropriate focus put on remedial education reform, wraparound student services and pathways. These game changers help students increase momentum and overcome challenges to achieve graduation...

 

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