ERIC Number: ED112881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Reflections on Instructional Development at Utah State University. Candid Comments on an ID Center's Beginnings.
An on-going evaluation is being made of Utah State University's instructional development endeavor; this paper has emerged from a question answer interview with the Director of the program by an external evaluator. The Director describes the Instructional Development Program which is designed to improve the teaching/learning process by developing in professors an interest in learning theory, team teaching, computer-assisted instruction, simulations, seminars, the lecture, and self-paced instruction. The model chosen for implementing the instructional improvement program consists of three stages: (1) awareness level, for which the literature on instructional renewal was surveyed and pertinent information sent to the professor; (2) initiative level, for which minigrants were awarded to professors who wanted to develop a new teaching strategy; and (3) the instructional development level where participating faculty members are released full time for one quarter to work on a project of their own choosing. The Director concludes that the model has enjoyed modest success, that they are in the process of modifying it, and that they are pleased that it is making some contribution toward improving teaching and learning at a small university. (KKC)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Faculty, College Instruction, Higher Education, Incentives, Instructional Development, Instructional Improvement, Interviews, Models, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Released Time, Resource Centers, State Universities, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Merrill Library and Learning Resources Program.