Individual Growth and Development
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The Faculty as Change Agents program sought to support faculty Change Agents' growth as instructors and leaders so that they could have a greater impact on their students and in their programs, departments, institutions, and regional networks.
Chris DiLeonardo, De Anza College
The SAGE 2YC project has been a catalyst to re-engage me in the broader geoscience education community nationally. Earlier in my career I was very active in a number of national initiatives increasing the participation and role of 2YC geoscience faculty in geoscience education. Participation has led to more movement on my own educational initiatives in my own classes, including pushing collaboration approaches integrated with discovery-based learning. One major project has been revising and creating new case-based, partially collaborative exams for my Introductory Geology classes. These exams involve critical thinking, application of learned methods, and built in opportunities for collaborative learning. Additionally I have started revising and creating new hands-on, discovery-based activities using real data in my classes. This is especially true in my oceanography classes, developing activities for both in-class and online sections. As a result I have become active again in dissemination of my work in regional and national conferences. Overall the SAGE 2YC project has helped revitalize my engagement in geoscience education and re-focused me on the inclusion of cutting-edge practices within my own teaching.