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Friday, August 14 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Fostering Faculty Communities of Practice in Technology-Enabled Active Learning Ecosystems

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This session focuses on a dual-track agile professional development model that established a community of practice for faculty members teaching with advanced technologies and active learning strategies in new learning ecosystems. This program was developed to prepare the faculty for teaching in digital-age flexible learning spaces that were launched on campus. In 2014-15, a total of 28 faculty members participated in two cohorts of a special professional development project.  In cohort 1, faculty participated in summer workshops and transformed ("flipped") one lesson or module in their current traditional course.  In cohort 2, faculty participants completed summer training and transformed ("flipped") an entire course.  The participants that were selected to participate in these newly special professional development projects attended full-day workshops in which they explored a variety of collaborative technologies along with technology-enabled active learning methods. The participants became a community of practice and received support from professionals and peers for their course-redesign which was focused on the development of hybrid course modules or entire hybrid courses. In accordance to the FLIP principle (www.flippedlearning.org), these courses were taught in flexible learning spaces that are designed to integrate mobile and collaborative technologies while promoting a learning culture that intentionally shifts from a teacher-centered to a student-centered approach. In addition, students have access to online content in preparation for and following their active learning sessions that are designed to promote deep learning. The role of the instructor changed to that of a facilitator who designed the learning experience, provide formative feedback and just-in-time instruction. This student-centered active learning environment proved to provide both significant enhancements for learning and student engagement as well as specific challenges in implementation. This session will explore both the advantages and challenges of the flipped learning approach and will discuss the lessons to be learned from the faculty community approach to student-oriented, active learning environment. The presenters will detail specific support, training topics, methodologies, experiences, and evaluation information.  This session will be collaborative and interactive where presenters and attendees discuss ideas, challenges, and best practices. The presenters will share preliminary data from this project and provide access to resources. Although developed for higher education, this faculty development model is also applicable to K-12.


Ute Lahaie

Walsh University

Friday August 14, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Holden Chapel Holden Chapel, Harvard Bus Tunnel, Cambridge, MA