ERIC Number: ED474483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the "Learning by Doing" Faculty Development Program for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Center for Teaching and Learning. Final Report Summary.
Schmitz, Connie C.; Luxenberg, Michael G.
Funded in 1999, the "Learning by Doing" (LBD) program of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system Center for Teaching and Learning was designed to increase faculty knowledge, skills, and confidence in using active learning strategies. This report marks the end of an in-depth evaluation study of active learning and the effects of LBD on two populations of full-time faculty, those who were randomly selected form the population at large and those who applied for and received an LBD learning grant. The study was conducted by an external evaluation team, and the methodology was observational rather than experimental. Nearly 1,000 faculty members at large and 83 faculty grantees completed a faculty survey abut LBD. More than 3,400 students from classrooms of faculty at large and grantees completed 1 of 3 annual waves of the student survey. The study found that the LBD faculty development program helped develop a cadre of motivated faculty and demonstrated that greater use of active learning teaching strategies can increase student effort and involvement with learning. Implications for the development of the program are than future faculty development efforts should focus on peer advocates, team grants, and other strategies at the campus level, with training and support from the system-wide Center for Teaching and Learning. An appendix contains a summary of significant differences between grantees and faculty at large on the student survey forms. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, St. Paul.; Bush Foundation, St. Paul, MN.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Support also received from the MnSCU Office of the Chancellor.