The program is a 2-part progression, beginning with a 2-day, in person launch workshop that includes activities and discussions on the design of your classes, exploring ways to flip classrooms, using the management system as a participant in the program, and creating a learning community.
Part 1. Faculty take part in a series of seven 1.5-hour synchronous, online interactive workshops, as well as asynchronous, online reflective discussions that occur during alternating weeks. The synchronous sessions guide faculty through the process of redefining their role as instructor in your college courses, developing a deeper understanding of how to support learning. Video conferencing will make the workshops accommodating to faculty’s busy personal and professional schedules during the academic year. The asynchronous sessions provide faculty with time and space to think deeply about what they are learning and try out new strategies. The outcome of Part 1 is to redesign some or all of a large STEM lecture course that you will teach in the second part of the program.
Part 2. Sessions focus on peer observations to develop faculty’s skills in observing and providing feedback on teaching practice. The peer observations offer faculty: opportunity to use evidence to reflect on their practice with a colleague; develop knowledge and skills for observing and reflecting on practice; and an applied way to revisit their understanding of learning and teaching.