Faculty members Yuan Yuan Kang, John Kelly, Creshema Murray, and Adriana Visbal represented UHD in Edmond, Oklahoma at two national faculty development conferences last week. The first conference – the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Transparency and Problem-Centered Learning Project Meeting – culminated the group’s yearlong project entitled “Advancing Underserved Student Success Through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning”.
Over the course of the spring semester, these faculty members along with team member Rachna Sadana worked in a Center for Teaching and Learning Excellecne (CTLE) Teaching Circle to develop practices for increasing transparency and clarity of assignment goals and learning expectations for UHD students in five different courses. During the meeting in Oklahoma, the UHD team along with colleagues from 7 other Universities reviewed the data from the research project, reflected on the success and challenges of the project and outlined future activities to enhance the research study before it ends in December.
The second conference, the 25th Institute for General Education and Assessment (IGEA), built upon the knowledge the UHD team learned during the two-day Learning Project Meeting. UHD was one of 50 Universities competitively selected to engage in seminars hosted by the Institute. The team accomplished two goals during the IGEA. First, they developed a plan of action, highlighting ways that they could effectively support UHD as it implements the Common Core and expands General Education into the majors. Secondly, they created a guide to disseminate their training from the Transparency and Problem-Based Learning Project at the institutional and departmental levels so that others may incorporate it in their teaching at UHD.
At the end of the seven days in Oklahoma, faculty members were very enthusiastic about the knowledge shared and gained at both conferences and the numerous implications for faculty and student growth on campus.