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Written on Sep, 21, 2016 by in

In our last post we described a new online professional development system we christened DEEP (Developing Excellence in Eastern’s Professors). Perhaps just as important as the product was the process of collaborative innovative thinking that led to it. We spend a lot of time discussing our products, and we throw around terms like “creative thinking,” “design thinking,” and here “collaborative …

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Written on Sep, 14, 2016 by in

In an earlier blog I began to provide a few tips for publishing. As noted earlier, I have edited a journal since 2001. This is a continuation of that blog (https://newforums.com/editors-perspective-tips-publishing/ ). The journal I edit, Armed Forces & Society is in the middle of the Journal Citation Index – just the sort of journal a new assistant professor or …

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Written on Sep, 14, 2016 by in

If the assessment reports for your center of teaching & learning (CTL) indicated that you were reaching only 10% of your faculty, what would you do to improve those numbers? If after including food, book give-aways, online registration, professional learning communities, and university-wide famous presenters, and even toolkits for the attendees, you found that you had bumped up the participation …

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Written on Sep, 07, 2016 by in

A few years ago, as Rusty, Hal, and I mentioned in previous posts, we ever-so-slightly changed our CTL’s motto/prime directive from “Helping Teachers Help Students Learn” to “Helping Teachers Help Students Lean Deeply” in order to reflect our commitment to deep learning. Last summer we helped our unit modify its strategic plan so that student deep learning was our chief …

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Written on Aug, 31, 2016 by in

A few years ago, a friend of ours in the University’s College of Education submitted materials to his departmental Promotion, Tenure, and Evaluation Committee, but because the bulk of his scholarship consisted of a continuing blog he wrote on K-12 education problems, the Committee found it difficult to evaluate his scholarship, for it didn’t fit conveniently into the established categories. …

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Written on Aug, 03, 2016 by in

Dee Fink of Creating Significant Learning Experiences (2003) fame has championed centers for teaching and learning (CTLs) in his books, articles, and appearances at national conventions and campuses across the country. One of his key ideas is that CTLs should be funded at the rate of 1-1.5% of the total salaries of that university’s faculty, and if the CTL is …

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Written on May, 31, 2016 by in

Assessment is a people process – not a person process – a people process. In higher education, the people are the faculty. It’s always a bit of a surprise that in the world of higher education where shared governance and decision-making are sacrosanct, faculty members often take little interest in assessment. That irony aside, assessment in higher education MUST include …

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Written on May, 25, 2016 by in

The past few weeks we have been reading and rereading manuscripts for a special issue of the Journal of Faculty Development (JFD) on the future of faculty development. Rusty has taken over as the new editor of the Journal, and one of the things he would like to institute is a guide on writing, writing styles, and, specifically, some major …

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Written on May, 24, 2016 by in

My two previous blogs clarified the meaning of the common, if not slightly overused phrase, culture of assessment, and presented assessment as a collective and collaborative process. Of course, no assessment conversation is complete without talking about data. Certainly, data are central to the process of program assessment, but data alone result in one-dimensional assessment. Robust assessment includes two other …

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Written on May, 18, 2016 by in

With one week remaining in the semester and one event to go, we are already assured of doubling last year’s attendance in our Teaching & Learning Center’s professional development program. What did we do to improve campus participation? In truth, it wasn’t just one thing, but a combination of them. Of primary importance is the fact that our two-person (we …

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