As institutions consider how to encourage faculty to further develop their teaching practice, an often-overlooked tactic is facilitating the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). A synthesis of teaching, learning, and research, SoTL brings a scholarly approach to classroom activities to improve student learning outcomes.
Facilitate Student-Centered Course Redesign
A growing body of research shows how changes to the classroom experience can measurably improve student learning, retention, graduation rates, and post-graduation outcomes. Large required courses with failure rates as high as 30-60% can create retention and time-to-degree issues for hundreds or even thousands of students at a single institution. Unfortunately, highly effective, engaging pedagogy remains the outlier in many programs, and faculty often lack the knowledge of student-centered course redesign.
- 1. Overcome common myths about why students fail courses
- 2. Identify critical courses to target for learning-centered redesign
- 3. Implement instructional practices to improve course completion rates
- 4. Engage faculty in scalable course redesign initiatives
- 5. Encourage improvement of teaching and learning through feedback and scholarship
- 6. Build academic confidence and preparation through pre-college transition programs