Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts
What Works: Considering Pedagogies that Serve to Strengthen Student Learning
- take the scientific approach to considering curricular matters: asking questions, gathering data, experimenting with possible approaches/solutions, assessing what works
- give responsibility for learning to the student
- are role models for students, willing to learn, to take risks, open to new ideas
- maintain a "slot for crazy ideas" in their agenda for the future
- inform and engage colleagues in exploring, implementing and assessing pedagogies that work.
- contains a feedback loop of setting goals for student learning, choosing pedagogies appropriate for those goals, and assessing whether and how it all works
- incorporates promising practices from the work of pedagogical pioneers
- is grounded in research, reflecting solid understanding of how people learn and of the efficacy of specific pedagogies relative to particular learning styles
- is designed to promote life-long learning, focusing on critical thinking, problem-solving, communication (writing, speaking, electronic) skills
- is infused with topics relevant to the current and future lives of students
- brings contemporary science and technology into the learning environment
- demonstrates intentional and communal efforts to ensure that the goals of the department/program are being met in the sequence of courses offered.
- provides institutional support for regular, formal conversations about pedagogies in the service of learning
- provides institutional support for faculty to become acquainted and comfortable with emerging pedagogies
- knows the pedagogical pioneers and early-adapters in its own faculty, spotlights their efforts
- establishes an office, with campus-wide credibility, for the assessment of learning and the evaluation of pedagogical approaches
- embraces a broad definition of scholarship in the evaluation, review and tenure process
- supports targeted retirement initiatives
- encourages pedagogical experiments by discounting student evaluations on pilot efforts.
- are flexible enough to support and adapt to multiple pedagogies and learning styles
- foster sustainable learning communities
- are fully mediated and interactive (wireless, chairs/tables on wheels)
- have ubiquitous opportunities for writing, for collaborating, for connecting to and through technologies
- send a message about the efficacy of active, discovery-based learning, and about the relationship of the quality of space and the quality of learning.