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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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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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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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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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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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Siering, Gregory J.; Tapp, Suzanne; Lohe, Debra Rudder; Logan, Micah Meixner – To Improve the Academy, 2015
In addition to traditional roles, educational developers increasingly find themselves considering their involvement in issues of institutional change. However, this evolution leads to new challenges as educational developers attempt to discern whether and how to be involved in particular organizational change efforts. This chapter provides a…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Organizational Change, Risk, Educational Benefits
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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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Bowen, Janine – To Improve the Academy, 2014
Fourteen years ago, POD member Edward Vela drew attention to the role of emotion in learning. In particular he emphasized the need for faculty to express positive emotions in the classroom. Since then researchers continue to measure the effectiveness of positive emotion in student learning but the field of emotion in the classroom has expanded…
Descriptors: Emotional Response, Classroom Environment, Affective Behavior, Affective Objectives
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Artze-Vega, Isis; Richardson, Leslie; Traxler, Adrienne – To Improve the Academy, 2014
As college student populations grow increasingly diverse, centers for teaching and learning are often charged with promoting inclusive teaching practices. Yet faculty cite many affective barriers to diversity training, and we often preach to the choir. These challenges led us to seek alternate routes for diversity programming, and stereotype…
Descriptors: Stereotypes, Diversity (Institutional), Inclusion, Educational Practices
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Abbot, Sophia; Cook-Sather, Alison; Hein, Carola – To Improve the Academy, 2014
This article explores how mapping patterns of student participation in classroom discussion can both illuminate and complicate the dynamic relationships among identity, physical position in the classroom, student engagement, and course content. It draws on the perspectives of an undergraduate in the role of pedagogical consultant, a faculty member…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Participation, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Behavior Patterns
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Fisher, Beth A.; Repice, Michelle D.; Dufault, Carolyn L.; Leonard, Denise A.; Frey, Regina F. – To Improve the Academy, 2014
The increasing interest in incorporating evidenced-based teaching in higher education has created a pronounced need for faculty to learn the theory and practice of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). This article describes a program designed to prepare faculty to (a) draw on existing SoTL studies when designing and implementing…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Higher Education, Scholarship, Instruction