June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
New Engineering Educators
(Work in Progress) The paper is the result of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) within the college of engineering at a large mid-Atlantic university. The FLC was initiated to create a series of short guides on effective teaching practices that distill the literature on various topics into actionable steps any faculty member (particularly new faculty or research-intensive faculty) can implement. The FLC consisted of members from all departments within the college of engineering and a single colleague from the college of education with special expertise in professional development. All engineering FLC members were non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty with workloads that consisted primarily of teaching.
The FLC met every 2-4 weeks for most of the 2017-2018 academic year. An initial list of guides was proposed at the beginning of the project that grew into 12 total: Inclusive Teaching, Active Learning, Motivation & Engagement, Mindset, Rubrics, Learning Objectives, Syllabus Creation, Assessment, Inductive Teaching, Damage Control, Retrieval Practice, and Teams. Each engineering FLC member led the development of 2-3 of these guides and was responsible for moving them through 5 phases (with feedback incorporated between each phase): 1) first draft, 2) reviewed with another engineering FLC member, 3) reviewed with education FLC member, 4) reviewed with a faculty member outside the FLC group, and 5) final draft. This paper is marked as a work in progress because it turned out that phase 4 was the bottle neck so all of the guides are still a work in progress.
This work is directly informed by both the scholarship of teaching and learning and discipline-based education research in the engineering and computer science disciplines and seeks to propagate this work across the faculty for the ultimate benefit of students. From the self-determination theory of motivation to review articles demonstrating the effectiveness of active learning in STEM disciplines, many evidence-based, effective teaching practices and frameworks are distilled in these guides. References and resources are be provided in each guide that serve to both indicate the sources of the information in the guides and point to further reading and resources for professional development for interested faculty. (The guides will be attached as appendices to the full paper.) (Preferred format: paper presentation)
Roberts, D., & Enszer, J. A., & Jayne, A. A., & Rooney, S. I., & Trauth, A., & Novocin, A., & Atlas, J. (2019, June), FLC (E^2)T: A Faculty Learning Community on Effective (and Efficient) Teaching Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32848
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