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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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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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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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Brinkley-Etzkorn, Karen Elizabeth; Schumann, David; White, Beth; Smith, Tiffany – To Improve the Academy, 2016
Individual instructor consultation is a common service provided by centers focused on educational development in higher education. The importance of this service has been reflected in its history, increasing demand, and strong anecdotal evidence to its effectiveness. However, the extant literature reveals that comprehensive assessment of…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Consultants, Higher Education, Consultation Programs
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Burdick, Dakin; Doherty, Tim; Schoenfeld, Naomi – To Improve the Academy, 2015
For faculty development events to have the greatest impact on campus practice, faculty developers need to attract and include as many faculty members as possible at their events. This article describes the testing of a checklist regarding faculty attendance at professional development events through a survey of 238 faculty members at small…
Descriptors: Teacher Participation, Faculty Development, Teacher Surveys, Check Lists
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Ross, Catherine – To Improve the Academy, 2015
In light of the research on the distinct needs of midcareer faculty and the pressures faced by this group in the academy, we offer here an example of an educational development effort that looks at the renewal of teaching through the lens of renewing the whole person in his/her academic roles. Opportunities for midcareer faculty to focus on…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Instructional Innovation, Holistic Approach, College Faculty
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Calderwood, Patricia E.; Klaf, Suzanna – To Improve the Academy, 2015
E. R. Smith, P. E. Calderwood, F. Dohm, and P. Gill Lopez's (2013) model of integrated mentoring within a community of practice framework draws attention to how mentoring as practice, identity, and process gives shape and character to a community of practice for higher education faculty and alerts us to several challenges such a framework makes…
Descriptors: Mentors, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Higher Education
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Wright, Mary C.; Schram, Laura N.; Gorman, Kristen S. – To Improve the Academy, 2015
Effective consulting is a key skill for educational developers. Although most educational developers are new to the field, there is limited research about how new practitioners develop consulting skills. The key research question this study explores is: How do new graduate teaching consultants develop as practitioners? This study empirically…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Educational Development, Consultants, Models
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Styron, Ronald A., Jr.; Michaelsen, Larry K.; Styron, Jennifer L. – To Improve the Academy, 2015
This paper provides an account of the pilot and first year of a university improvement initiative, developed in response to a reaffirmation mandate from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The initiative focused on increasing student retention and enhancing learning through the campus-wide use of team-based…
Descriptors: College Programs, Program Implementation, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
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