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Professional Development Online: Ways Of Knowing And Ways Of Practice

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Improving Teaching & Learning

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9.1015.1 - 9.1015.10

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Sandra Courter

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Mary McEniry

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Cid Freitag

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2230 Professional Development On-line: Ways of Knowing and Ways of Practice

Sandra Shaw Courter, Cid Freitag, Mary McInery University of Wisconsin – Madison

Abstract “Ways of Knowing and Ways of Practice” is an on-line professional development opportunity for faculty and instructional staff at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. This pilot distance learning experience occurred during Spring Semester, 2003. The project was designed to help faculty 1) engage in reflection and continuous improvement of learning, both their own and their students, 2) facilitate conversations about teaching and learning in the process of building a learning community, 3) create a collaborative learning environment with faculty and peers, 4) build confidence in curriculum development including designing, guiding, and assessing learning, 5) learn with and about technology in the process of improving curriculum, and 6) connect teaching and research and bridge the gap between theory and practice. The twenty participants represented ten universities; a team of two from each university included one faculty person from engineering and one from another science, math, or computer science discipline. Specifically, the professional development opportunity explored ways of knowing including theories of learning, learning styles, disciplinary and cultural perspectives and how they inform ways of practice including both teaching practice and engineering practice. After an orientation in Madison, Wisconsin, the experience involved weekly on-line discussions based on readings, a personalized curriculum project, and approximately two to three hours per week commitment on the part of each participant. The Foundation Coalition funded this project. This paper highlights the assessment results of this pilot project and next steps based on analysis and reflection. A forth-coming mini-document will describe how to develop and implement a distance- based faculty development program.

Description and Implementation During the Spring 2003, 20 faculty representing ten teaching and research universities throughout the country participated in a pilot on-line professional development experience, Ways of Knowing: Ways of Practice. The following institutions were represented:

Dordt College Michigan State University Milwaukee School of Engineering North Dakota State University Southeast Missouri State Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2004 American Society for Engineering Education

Courter, S., & McEniry, M., & Freitag, C. (2004, June), Professional Development Online: Ways Of Knowing And Ways Of Practice Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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