Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Continuing Professional Development
Even though most faculty spend over one quarter of their time engaged in teaching activities, universities do not require continued teacher training. Thus, most attendees at teacher training events have voluntarily come to the event and sacrificed time away from other duties or opportunities. Successful teacher training programs must first have attendees. This paper presents a case study showing that free lunch increases faculty attendance by about 36% at teacher training workshops. Even though offering free lunch increases attendance by a statistically significant amount, the number of samples is small and causality should not necessarily be inferred. Since faculty sacrifice time to attend, the paper also discusses the importance of the quality and speed of such workshops. Some suggestions for ideas and structure are provided. Given the cost of lunch and the potential long-term benefits of improving a faculty member’s teaching, future teacher training sessions should offer free lunch or other benefits to increase attendance.
Easton, T. (2018, June), The Impact of Free Lunch on Attendance at Voluntary Teacher Training Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31107
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