Embrace a new world of faculty development centered on teaching excellence
World-class universities require high quality teaching. The demand for attention to teaching is coming from all education constituents: new faculty, graduate students, students and their parents, taxpayers and business leaders.
Directly connected to this constituent demand is a focus on the overall student experience. Quality teaching is an important bedrock of higher education initiatives. Many higher education institutions are initiating programs and centers to assist faculty in improving teaching skills. The term "teaching excellence" is being used to capture the cultural shift in higher education to an enhanced focus on teaching.
OISE, Canada's leading centre in education at the University of Toronto, brings you a series that can help your institution and individual faculty members.
"Educational development in Canada has been in transition for over three decades, as teaching and learning centre staff transformed from being primarily developers and deliverers of workshops to multifaceted resources offering an array of services, programs, and expertise to faculty." (Teaching and Learning Centres: Their Evolving Role Within Ontario Colleges and Universities. HEQCO, 2012).
1. Planning for Learning
2. Integrating Online Technology for Learning
3. Assessing for Learning
4. Teaching for Learning
5. Exploring Strategies for Learning
On the road for Faculty Development...
OISE attended two conferences which shared the common theme of Faculty Development.
The ISSOTL Conference, hosted on Oct. 25-26 by the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, contributed to enhancing teaching and learning by creating a context for conversation and exchange between teaching and learning scholars from a range of disciplines, institutions and countries.
The 37th Annual POD Network Conference, hosted on Oct. 25-28 by the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, had a theme entitled Pencils & Pixels: 21st Century Practices in Higher Education. At the conference an informed exploration of the unprecedented array of technologies, both high-tech and low-tech, in use at institutions of higher learning took place.
OISE attended both conferences as a sponsor and participant to share our own teaching excellence product, the Higher Education Teaching Series: Modules for Faculty Development.
(Pictured above is Sue Ferguson, OISE Associate, speaking with a Faculty Developer at the ISSOLT conference.)