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Kay, D. William; O'Brien, Chad; Day, Russell – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
This short paper outlines the design and development of a multi-phase, cross-institution Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) program that was conceived by educational developers from five higher educational institutions in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The initiative is grounded in the belief that implementing the ISW program in the Halifax Regional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Workshops, Communities of Practice, Teaching Skills
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Jeppesen, Alison; Joyce, Brenda – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
Does participation in a reflective teaching development program transform educators? In a three-year teaching development program, faculty met in small interdisciplinary groups with peer facilitators and used online resources to complement their learning activities. The first two cohorts of participants found that involvement in a teaching…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Faculty Development, Peer Teaching, Group Activities
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Popovic, Celia; Mistak, Mandy Frake; Jeppesen, Alison; Korpan, Cynthia; Sheffield, Suzanne; Weyers, Mark – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
Educational developers in universities and colleges design, develop, and deliver courses and programs for professors and teaching assistants (TAs) to support teaching and learning in postsecondary institutions. These courses and programs, however, are often not accredited, so the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) created a working group to…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, College Faculty
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Birol, Gülnur; Briseño-Garzón, Adriana; Han, Andrea – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
The University of British Columbia-Vancouver (UBC-V) implemented a campus-wide survey of faculty teaching practices and perceptions. All 11 Faculties participated, resulting in a total of 1177 responses for an overall response rate of 24%. We compared response patterns of faculty who reported spending less than 25%, between 26-50%, between 51-75%,…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Practices, Time Perspective, Time on Task
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McAlister, Martha – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
Communities of practice are emerging as an innovative approach to faculty development. While collaborative learning is becoming popular in the classroom, autonomy and individualism continue to dominate the culture of higher education for faculty. However, as we begin to recognize that old solutions to new problems are no longer effective, there is…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Cooperative Learning
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Korpan, Cynthia; Sheffield, Suzanne Le-May; Verwoord, Roselynn – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
This paper examines the stages of development for a framework of teaching assistant (TA) competencies initiated by the Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA) special interest group (SIG) of the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). TAGSA initiated an iterative consultative process to inform the creation…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Guidelines, Graduate Students, Professional Associations
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Cassidy, Alice L. E. V.; Wright, W. Alan; Strean, William B.; Watson, Gavan P. L. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
In this paper, we use a day-long professional development workshop for higher education faculty conducted in an outdoor setting as the starting point for an examination of the value of such activities. We explore the potential benefits, in terms of learning and holistic well-being, of educational activities designed to provide participants with…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Outdoor Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education
Buchholz, Andrea; Wolstenholme, Janet – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
Educational Leadership in Teaching Excellence (EnLITE) is a one-year program (Sept to Aug) at the University of Guelph. It is designed to engage mid-career faculty in the theory, practice and scholarship of teaching and learning, and to establish and support a faculty community of practice which provides mentorship and leadership in teaching and…
Descriptors: Excellence in Education, Reflective Teaching, Observation, Feedback (Response)
Prins, Sebastian; Jones, Edward; Lathrop, Anna H. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
In recognition that student academic misconduct is a complex issue that requires a holistic and institutional approach, this case study explores the impact of an intervention strategy adopted by the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (comprised of approximately 80 faculty and an average of 3,240 undergraduate students) at Brock University, St.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Faculty, Ethics, Strategic Planning
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Fovet, Frederic; Mole, Heather – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
Confronted by the increasingly changing and varied nature of disabilities in higher education (Bowe, 2000; McGuire & Scott, 2002), disability service providers across North America are progressively moving away from targeted remedial assistance focusing on the disabilities of students to a less frontline role involving the sensitization of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Disabilities, Accessibility (for Disabled), Access to Education
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Boman, Jennifer; Yeo, Michelle; Matus, Theresa – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
In this article we report the outcomes of a needs assessment administered to new faculty members who were hired within the last four years at Mount Royal University. Our purpose in conducting this needs assessment was to gather information to guide the redevelopment of the institution's support program for new faculty in light of a changing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Beginning Teachers, Needs Assessment
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Carjuzaa, Jioanna; Hunts, Holly – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
The Montana Indian Education for All (IEFA) Act is an unprecedented reform effort 40 years in the making. In this paper we summarize the IEFA professional development opportunities provided to faculty at a land grant university in the western United States while highlighting a faculty member's personal efforts to integrate IEFA in a culturally…
Descriptors: American Indians, American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, State Legislation
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Heath, Sally; McDonald, Jeanette – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
This article examines the use and benefits of communities of practice (CoPs) in academic settings. In the 2010-2011 academic year Teaching Support Services at Wilfrid Laurier University introduced four theme-based CoPs for faculty and academic support staff after a successful pilot initiative. This article explores our motivation for focusing our…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Feedback (Response), Reflective Teaching, Teacher Attitudes
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Teeter, Christopher; Fenton, Nancy; Nicholson, Karen; Flynn, Terry; Kim, Joseph; McKay, Muriel; O'Shaughnessy, Bridget; Vajoczki, Sue – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
Communities of practice are becoming more widespread within higher education, yet little research has explored how these social learning networks can enhance faculty development. The focus of this paper is to describe the first-year experience of a community of practice initiative at McMaster University that was designed to engage groups of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Social Networks
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Cassidy, Alice; Lee, Jack – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
This paper describes an introductory workshop, Preparing to be a Peer Reviewer, presented at the University of British Columbia (UBC) to give hands-on practice to faculty members and others in order to provide formative peer review upon request. This workshop, which was designed at the request of a faculty member, is complemented by an Advanced…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Peer Evaluation, Workshops, Teacher Evaluation
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