Professional Development


U Akron Teacher College Opens STEM Education Center

An Ohio education college has established a new center to help teachers attain STEM professional development. The Urban STEM Education Center at the University of Akron's College of Education will also conduct research and evaluate STEM education programs at the local, state and federal levels.

Faculty Training, Support for Online Teaching Needs Improvement

A survey of chief academic officers at public colleges and universities found that while most online courses are taught by full-time faculty, their preparation for and oversight in doing so is highly inconsistent. The survey was undertaken by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities working in tandem with Learning House, a Wiley division that provides online program management services.

SXSW EDU Featuring the Whimsical and Serious to Spark 'Creative Thinking' in Higher Ed

There may be no better place to combine lofty education issues with a sense of fun and creativity than the SXSW EDU Conference & Festival, coming to Austin next month. Where else can you attend a variety show inspired by student writing projects, participate in a Moth StorySLAM, view a powerful documentary film screening, discuss teaching and learning strategies and debate policy, all in one event?

Survey: Faculty Development Most Important Teaching and Learning Issue for 2019

For the sixth year in a row, the topic of faculty development has turned up among the top three "teaching and learning issues" in an annual survey done by Educause. This year that same issue was also No. 1, getting 25 percent more votes than the next top choice: online and blended learning.

Survey: Faculty Confident in Their Own Tech Skills, but Say Student Skills Lag

In our latest Teaching with Technology Survey, most faculty said they are comfortable using tech in the classroom, but many reported low-to-average tech skills among their students.

Technology Change: Closing the Knowledge Gap

Is the rate of technology change outpacing your ability to understand its impact, respond to its potential, or adapt to it appropriately? Here, Daniel Christian shares his insights about closing this knowledge gap.

Learning Engineering: Making Education More "Professional"

Learning engineering has taken many forms since the term was coined by Herbert Simon back in the 1960s. Ellen Wagner, who chairs IEEE's ICICLE SIG on Learning Engineering Among the Professions offers some perspective — from Simon's original insight to LE's application and potential today.

FLEXspace: From Learning Space Examples, to Planning and Assessment Tools and a Research Community

FLEXspace, the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange, has changed over time, starting out in 2013 as a great place to showcase and exemplify learning spaces, then rapidly growing to include a comprehensive toolset for planning and assessing these spaces, and now connecting a vibrant research community. Here, CT gets an update from FLEXspace.org pioneers Lisa Stephens and Rebecca Frazee.

Purposeful Faculty Development

Gardner Campbell tells CT that faculty development programs, even when they focus on operational, procedural, or technical details, can and should reflect higher education's fundamental values and principles, provide time and space for insight, and encourage deep thinking about higher purposes.

What to See at Educause 2018

Here's how to make the most of your time at Educause this month in Denver.

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