ERIC Number: ED369446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Sustaining Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
Leadership Abstracts, v7 n4 Apr 1994
Community colleges have traditionally been regarded as the only segment of higher education that truly focuses on teaching and learning with instructional innovation embedded as a core institutional value. However, some colleges have lost their early innovative spirit, while others are constrained by limited economic resources and have become disconnected from the currents of innovation, making it difficult to renew their commitment to instructional innovation. It is inevitably easier to continuously review the institutional activities that support instructional innovation, focusing on how many and which faculty are currently experimenting with new techniques; mechanisms for encouraging innovation; and formal policies for incentives, rewards, and recognition. A critical mass of dedicated, energized faculty must also be maintained to sustain any commitment to innovation. To aid faculty selection efforts, colleges should review policies to verify that a statement of values regarding teaching and learning has been developed, applicants are required to demonstrate teaching effectiveness, a required staff development program is in place for new faculty, an adequate faculty evaluation system exists, and the college culture recognizes effective teachers. Finally, one of the most exciting ways to stimulate innovation is by applying current information technology to teaching. Colleges should develop long-range plans for updating technology, participate in networks of information technology users, and evaluate the effectiveness of technology in instruction. (BCY)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll.