By Victor Liu, Dean of Learning Resources and Chair of Strategic Priority Three
In Winter semester 2016, with the assistance of Institutional Research, the joint faculty-and-staff team responsible for Strategic Priority Three—“Increasing Institutional Agility and Responsiveness to External Needs, Forces & Trends”—conducted an online survey on the faculty needs for a Center for Teaching and Learning. Of the 160 FT faculty surveyed, 33% responded; and of the 666 PT faculty surveyed, 13% responded. Below are a few findings from the survey:
- Over 80% of the survey respondents would find a Center for Teaching and Learning e-portal useful as: a searchable database of WCC faculty’s instructional innovations; as a centralized site of WCC funding options for instructional innovations; as an online resource site aggregating news and best practices in instructional innovations; and as a site providing faculty professional development opportunities.
- A Center for Teaching and Learning could facilitate face-to-face faculty professional sharing opportunities on topics such as:
- Teaching strategies and techniques
- Active learning
- Collaborative learning
- Student engagement and retention
- Critical thinking across the curriculum
- Use of instructional technology
- Use of open education resources
View full survey and results here: Instructional Innovation-Center for Teaching Learning faculty survey.