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Moving the Graveyard: Merging Faculty Development Resources to Support Student Learning. Beth Lofquist, Anna McFadden, Western Carolina University AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Meeting July 26. 2008 http://facctr.wcu.edu/ [email protected] Consolidating to Collaborate.

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Moving the graveyard merging faculty development resources to support student learning

Moving the Graveyard: Merging Faculty Development Resources to Support Student Learning

Beth Lofquist, Anna McFadden,

Western Carolina University

AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Meeting

July 26. 2008

http://facctr.wcu.edu/ [email protected]


Consolidating to collaborate
Consolidating to Collaborate to Support Student Learning

  • Fragmentation of services in silos

  • The proliferation of eLearning

  • Calls for efficiency

  • Significant change for faculty

  • A focused-growth institution

  • A merger of two divisions


Conceptual framework
Conceptual Framework to Support Student Learning

  • Three bodies of literature

    • Fostering change in higher education

      • LeBaron(2001)

    • Fostering change through faculty development

      • Wergin (1994) Hutchings (2000) Palmer (1998) Lieberman (2005) Cox (2004)

    • Faculty development for online teaching

      • Downing (2005) Turner (2005) Gordon (2005) Lewis and Abdul-Hamid (2006)

      • Mishra and Koehler (2006) Content, pedagogy, and technology


A research based design
A Research-Based Design to Support Student Learning

  • Faculty Senate survey

  • Task force design work

  • A new center

    • Curriculum design

    • Integrating technology to enhance student learning

    • Training to use technologies

    • Exploring the scholarship of teaching and learning

    • New positions- instructional developers, digital media consultant


Needs assessment methods data analysis and results
Needs Assessment: Methods, Data Analysis and Results to Support Student Learning

  • Director’s entry plan

  • Data collection methods

  • What we learned

    • More support needed for the use of technology in teaching

    • A need to rethink communication and service delivery

    • Improved support for new and part-time faculty

    • A desire for “one stop” support


The result
The Result to Support Student Learning

  • Merger of Educational Technologies with the CFC


Focus on student learning
Focus on Student Learning to Support Student Learning

  • Grounded in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with the Framework of the Seven Dimensions of Teaching

    • MountainRise

    • SoTL Fellows

    • SoTL Retreat

    • Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning

    • SoTL Grants

    • Distinguished Professor for SoTL


Research on student learning
Research on Student Learning to Support Student Learning

WCU Committee on Student Learning

Research Question

How do Western Carolina University undergraduates characterize their learning experiences both in and outside the classroom?


Conceptual framework1
Conceptual Framework to Support Student Learning

  • The NSSE Benchmarks

  • The Seven Dimensions of Teaching

  • Student Responsibility


Methodology and data analysis
Methodology and Data Analysis to Support Student Learning

  • Qualitative Design with focus groups

  • Limitations

  • Data Analysis

    • Bottom up

    • Top down


Findings and conclusions
Findings and Conclusions to Support Student Learning

  • Intersection of knowledge

  • Structure and organization

  • Active and engaged learning

  • Meaningful collaboration

  • Faculty care and commitment

  • Student responsibility


  • Instructional Design

  • Faculty/StudentRelations

  • Content Expertise

  • QEP

  • Instructional Activities

  • Assessment/Evaluation

  • Educational Software

  • Web Materials

  • Video,

  • Podcasts,

  • Blogs,

  • Wikis

  • Funding

  • Model for

  • instructional delivery

  • Event-driven

  • SoTL Research

  • LMS administration

  • Online course delivery

  • tools

  • Course Management

  • Assist faculty

  • with

  • Educational Technology


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