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, AAC&U Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

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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
  • Sharing Effective Innovations AAC&U

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