US Postsecondary Faculty Survey 2015

US Postsecondary Faculty in 2015 appears to be a very insightful survey report from the Gates Foundation and FTI Consulting regarding understanding faculty needs about pedagogy and student outcomes. About 4000 faculty from a cross-section of US colleges responded in Oct 2014 to the survey.

A hasty conclusion from reading the Executive Summary indicates that 80% of faculty are not ready to adopt new practices of helping students succeed. The reports suggests solutions to change that readiness by accomplishing the following.

  1. connect like-minded faculty
  2. highlight faculty innovations
  3. provide evidence for improved student outcomes

>> Report Background

“The shift to a new student majority in higher education—first-generation college goers; students from low-income families; and adult learners juggling school, work, and family—demands nothing short of transforming the postsecondary system. Few people realize that faculty are leading many of these necessary innovations. And where faculty are not the lead, they are essential partners in making change happen. So, it’s vital to better understand the views of faculty and what supports they say they need to continue to advance student outcomes.”

>> Report (PDF)

“The lens we suggest through our research is driven more by hearts and minds than by demographic factors. Specifically, the factors that differentiate faculty are their…

  • disposition toward students,
  • perceived leadership and institutional support,
  • and their degree of connectedness with teaching.
    • This framework identifies two distinct segments that account for over 40% of the faculty and are well poised to be adopters of techniques, tools, and behaviors which will benefit students. Of this entire group, half are already adopting some emerging practices, and may serve as exemplars to others.
    •  The remaining half is on the cusp of adopting. We have identified several approaches which can help unleash further adoption of student-beneficial practices, namely:
  • connecting like-minded faculty,
  • highlighting best practices and techniques where faculty members have organically innovated,
  • and providing an evidence base for student outcomes.”



CTL Spring Newsletter from Information Technology Services

The Center for Teaching and Learning in IT Services has posted their recent Spring 2015 newsletter. It features information on a variety of tools and resources for technology-enhanced instruction, including eCouresware, BlueJeans (similar to Adobe Connect), and the new Office 365. There’s also an announcement about recent accessibility initiatives at the University.

Check it out here.

Learning Style Diagnostics: The Grasha-Riechmann Student Learning Styles Scale

As we prepare to deliver our class(es) this semester, learning style is something we oftentimes consider. Review this information rich article by eLearning Industry as it explains the six learning styles that describe adult learners. Review the excerpt:

“The Grasha-Riechmann Student Learning Styles Scale (GRSLSS) was developed to measure learning preferences of adults, undergraduate and above; it measures cognitive and affective behaviours of students instead of perceptual.”