What is your institution doing with regard to PD or institutional change? What do you think needs to be done?
-Looking for curriculum revision, revision of labs, how TAs are leading or running the labs- multi-departmental scope
-At university level, center for faculty excellence, teaching/learning fairs, faculty learning communities on specific topics, NSF funded program for science faculty to talk about education once/month. Don't feel does adequate job at university level, thrown together with lots of disciplines that don't understand each other. Need more specific PD? Conference like EER more specific to discipline may be more helpful. How discipline specific should faculty PD be to be impactful?
-New faculty member participated in early career workshop and loved it. Sent another to AAG conference, loved it. Does the research show that these are indeed great and valuable? Funding is being cut, and need evidence to support PD especially for new faculty. Participants need to be able to implement best teaching practices. What kind of published research exists to support efficiency of PD programs? Evidence of published results go a long way toward skeptics toward effective teaching change. What kind of published research exists to support the effectiveness of research based instructional practices? Journal articles are helpful but don't know where to find them. Journal for non-specialists (like web-MD) written for the average population would be helpful. Maybe highlight most recent studies on SERC website? Need easier access to new research. The more specific, the better (eg, similar class). Show how difficult and how much effort reform strategies include.
-Training for TAs is way too general- was for all TAs in the university. Adjuncts don't have access to PD, only faculty. They said "do active learning" but I don't know what it is. More helpful to see discipline specific examples. Evidence shows adjuncts are increasing, we need to learn how they are learning how to teach, research into adjuncts. Activities are not available. Are adjuncts teaching differently are they disadvantaged, are they acting differently. How to include PD for adjuncts in the very limited budget? How effective is giving mentors, physically or digitally. Studying different types of instructors, adjuncts and tenure-track. What kinds of needs do adjunct instructor-s have in order to be effective instructors at their institution and how are those needs met? Some institutions are finally giving adjuncts rights similar to faculty.
-We have good evidence that multi-day intense face to face PD is influential. What is the minimal amount of touch that influences change in teaching practices? Need to compare different scalable intervention strategies. With limited budget where do we use it? Tried a few, instead of single workshops we have EER. But not everyone can come to EER. Does having 1-2 people from a department impact? Compare types of interventions to see which are impactful. All adjuncts teaching in STEM together for PD, but can't do until have evidence.
What role does PD play in institutional change?
-Showing how PD is successful in some places can help inform how to make successful in others.
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