PKAL Phase VI— Empowering Faculty: Pedagogies of Engagement
E. Project Background
The goal of this pilot was to determine how to expand the awareness and informed use of contemporary pedagogies on campuses by using the resources of a formal network. There are a wide range of pedagogies that have documented success in enhancing student learning in STEM: ensuring both depth of knowledge in the field and increased skill in using tools of scientific engagement. On most campuses and within most networks there are faculty experimenting with and adapting new approaches in the classroom, be it Just-in-Time Teaching, Problem-based Learning, Personal Response Systems, etc., and there has been significant NSF investment in the development of these approaches. But such faculty often work in isolation, without the discussions, the sharing of stories, and/or the opportunity for seeing new approaches in action that reduce the need or impulse to reinvent.