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Sharing Effective Innovations AAC&U


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This is Nancy Millichap's and Rebecca Davis' presentation from the breakout discussion session "Virtually Anywhere: Sharing Effective Practices for Innovation in Liberal Education," January 22, 2010, …

This is Nancy Millichap's and Rebecca Davis' presentation from the breakout discussion session "Virtually Anywhere: Sharing Effective Practices for Innovation in Liberal Education," January 22, 2010, AAC&U Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

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  • Today we will be talking a
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  • We’ll discuss a series of limited-enrollment videoconferences that faculty have used since 2008 to share their innovations in teaching with peersWe’ll begin by showing two clips from a sessionWe’ll share the impact of this program in the context of faculty developmentWe’ll invite you to discuss how you share innovative practices on your campusesWe’ll pull you back together with a final discussion
  • Administrators, parents, and students increasingly value effective, innovative teaching practices … BUT … Faculty use scarce professional development resources first to engage as scholars/researchersFaculty members’ pedagogical innovations may remain hidden on their own campuses, in their departments, in their classroomsShould add graphic …
  • (might mention emerging technology)OVER TO REBECCA/CLIPSOrganized in series format:digital teaching, science, data analysis and mapping, global teaching, emerging technologies
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    • 1. Virtually Anywhere
      Sharing Effective Practices for Innovation in Liberal Education
      Nancy Millichap and Rebecca Davis
      National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE)
    • 2. NITLE
      An initiative working with 128 liberal arts colleges and universities, as well as with partner organizations and consortia
      Helping liberal arts colleges explore and implement digital technologies
      Concerned with the integration of technology into teaching and learning
    • 3. NITLE Network
    • 4. Plan for This Session …
      In a discussion of videoconferences that faculty have used to share their teaching innovations …
      We’ll show two clips from a session
      We’ll share their impact as faculty development
      We’ll invite discussion of such sharing on your campuses
      We’ll pull you back together for a final discussion
    • 5. The Problem? A Vicious Circle …
    • 6. One Solution: Sharing Classroom Innovations Digitally
      At NITLE colleges, faculty lead short interactive videoconferences over the Internet on their pedagogical practices
      Brief (60 to 90 minute) presentations reach faculty in their offices
      22 such programs over past 2 academic years, in several series
    • 7. Experience a Virtual Event
      Highlights, Notes, Tags, & Comments: Teaching Critical Reading of the Internet with Diigo
      Social Bookmarking & Website Annotation
      Gabriela Torres, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Wheaton College
    • 8.
    • 9.
    • 10. Why Faculty Lead
      Gain recognition, exposure for pedagogical innovation without expense, time commitment of conference attendance
      Discuss innovations with interested peers (campus colleagues may not share the specific interest)
      Develop connections with other early adopters – eventual goal is to forward inter-institutional collaboration
    • 11. Why Participants Take Part
      Opportunity to gain fresh ideas without leaving campus
      Opportunity to engage in discussion with peers from other campuses who share an interest in the innovation/technology being considered
      Easy to fit into busy professional life
    • 12. Professional Development Preferences
      Evaluations of these programs, recent surveys of faculty, observations by academic support staff suggest that
      faculty today care about specific affordances of technology, not technology in general
      faculty learn most readily from other faculty
    • 13. Response to these programs
      Topics are rated highly
      Mean, 4.38; median, 5
      Time is the scarcest resource: faculty want immediately useful information directly available to them
    • 14. Representative Topics
      Teaching with Blogs
      History Engine: Tools for Promoting Collaborative Education and Research among Students
      Imagining the Unseeable: Molecular Visualization with UCSF Chimera
      Technology and Less Commonly Taught Languages
      Digital Identities: Maintenance, Boundaries and Ethics for Students and Faculty
    • 15. Responses to Technology
      Ease of use of technology
      Mean, median responses were both 4 of possible 5
      Likelihood of attending future videoconference programs
    • 16. MIV Sessions as Campus Resources
      Are webcams scary? Not so much …
      Some groups participate as faculty/campus “brown bags”
      Recordings, whiteboards available after the program for review, sharing
    • 17. Discussion: Sharing Innovation
      Innovative Practices on your campus
      Small groups of 4-6 each
      Take 10-15 minutes to discuss your question
      Share results with the full group
    • 18. Questions, follow-up?
      NITLE –
      Nancy Millichap –
      Rebecca Frost Davis –