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Brinthaupt, Thomas M.; Neal, Arielle; Otto, Sheila – To Improve the Academy, 2016
Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTL) that suffer from funding and staffing issues must rely on outside resources to enhance their effectiveness. Even if funds and staff are adequate, most CTL can improve their reach and effectiveness by the partnerships they establish across their campuses. In this article, we describe a faculty wellness…
Descriptors: Expertise, Wellness, Teacher Workshops, Stress Management
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Schoening, Anne M.; Oliver, Sarah – To Improve the Academy, 2016
In an era of limited fiscal and human resources, educational developers are seeking innovative ways to connect with their constituents. Developing a "virtual" center for teaching and learning (CTL) is one approach to consolidating development resources and reaching busy full-time and adjunct faculty. This article will describe the…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Social Media, Instructional Innovation, Partnerships in Education
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Lesser, Lawrence; An, Song; Tillman, Daniel – To Improve the Academy, 2016
Song has been used by faculty of many disciplines in their classrooms and, to a lesser extent, by educational developers in workshops. This paper shares and discusses a new song (about an instructor's evolving openness to alternatives to lecture-only teaching) and its novel use to open an educational development workshop. Self-reported participant…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Singing, Teacher Workshops, Participant Satisfaction
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Springborg, Martin; Horii, Cassandra V. – To Improve the Academy, 2016
This invited essay of "To Improve the Academy's" special feature on Creative Scholarship presents one example of creative scholarship in educational development as a forward to other forms and approaches in the special feature. This example, the Teaching and Learning Project, merges documentary and art photography traditions with faculty…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Scholarship, Visual Arts, Consultation Programs
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Armstrong, Sara; Braunschneider, Theresa – To Improve the Academy, 2016
This article focuses on the use of theatre as a mode of creative scholarship, from the research involved in sketch creation to the presentation of that research to academic audiences. We particularly focus on a specific sketch developed by the CRLT Players--one that explores the consequences of subtle discrimination faced by women scientists in…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Creative Activities, Theater Arts, Educational Research
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Cruz, Laura – To Improve the Academy, 2016
This is a visual representation and commentary on a taxonomy for the emerging scholarship of educational development.
Descriptors: Educational Development, Taxonomy, Scholarship, Visual Aids
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Lisi, Bethany – To Improve the Academy, 2016
Having insider status at an organization under study can present a researcher with benefits and challenges. Insider researchers may have access to honest dialogue with study participants but may also be vulnerable to uncomfortable conversations and organizational conflicts. Insider researchers also have to contend with their own biases they bring…
Descriptors: Experimenter Characteristics, Journal Writing, Educational Development, Transformative Learning
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Palmer, Michael S.; Streifer, Adriana C.; Williams-Duncan, Stacy – To Improve the Academy, 2016
Herein, we describe an intensive, week-long course design institute (CDI) designed to introduce participants to the scholarly and evidence-driven process of learning-focused course design. Impact of this intervention is demonstrated using a multifaceted approach: (a) post-CDI satisfaction and perception surveys, (b) pre-/post-CDI surveys probing…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Curriculum Design, Surveys, Course Descriptions
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Rossing, Jonathan P.; Hoffmann-Longtin, Krista – To Improve the Academy, 2016
Improvisational theater training (or "improv") is a strategy employed by many business leaders and educators to cultivate creativity and collaboration amid change. Drawing on improv principles such as "Yes, And…" and "Make your scene partners look good," we explore the ways in which educational developers might apply…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Creativity, Educational Development, Higher Education
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Haugnes, Natasha; Russell, Jennifer L. – To Improve the Academy, 2016
Two faculty developers at a professional art and design university were met with uneasy faculty attitudes toward grading when they opened their CTL 13 years ago. Conversations revealed that the faculty artists and designers suspected that grading would somehow shatter the fragile muse of creativity, which is so central to the processes of…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Art Education, Design, Universities
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Smith, Emily R.; Calderwood, Patricia E.; Storms, Stephanie Burrell; Lopez, Paula Gill; Colwell, Ryan P. – To Improve the Academy, 2016
In higher education, faculty work is typically enacted--and rewarded--on an individual basis. Efforts to promote collaboration run counter to the individual and competitive reward systems that characterize higher education. Mentoring initiatives that promote faculty collaboration and support also defy the structural and cultural norms of higher…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Teacher Collaboration, Mentors
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Phillips, Susan L.; Dennison, Susan T.; Davenport, Mark A. – To Improve the Academy, 2016
In these economic times, retention of new faculty, particularly minority and international faculty, is a high priority. In this study, retention of new faculty from 2006 to 2013 was compared for participants and nonparticipants in a formal mentoring program. Retention was 92% for participating faculty and 58% for nonparticipating new faculty. For…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Mentors, Minority Group Teachers, African American Teachers
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Ortquist-Ahrens, Leslie – To Improve the Academy, 2016
Scholarship about the growth of educational development has charted major shifts in developers' focuses and roles through time and, especially in recent years, has explored the professionalization of the field around the globe. This essay uses a lifecycle analogy to consider the development of one organization, the POD Network (The Professional…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Organizational Development, Higher Education, Networks
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Andersen, Kent; Lom, Barbara; Sandlin, Betsy A. – To Improve the Academy, 2016
One goal of faculty development is to improve instructional practice (McKee, Johnson, Ritchie, & Tew, 2013; Ouellett 2010; Sorcinelli, Austin, Eddy, & Beach, 2006). This goal accords with the design of the Associated Colleges of the South Teaching and Learning Workshop, a faculty development workshop begun in 1992 for 16 residential,…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Faculty Development, Workshops, Higher Education
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Truong, Michael H.; Juillerat, Stephanie; Gin, Deborah H. C. – To Improve the Academy, 2016
This article provides leaders and educational developers of Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTL) with innovative and practical strategies on how to increase their centers' capacity and impact by focusing on quality, efficiency, and cost. This "good, fast, cheap" model represents a promising way that CTL can continue to grow, scale,…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Educational Strategies, Capacity Building, Educational Quality
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