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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Spring 2017 Research Fair, Graduate Student Poster Session, April 5, 2017.
• Workshops have been the main strategy used to disseminate instructional innovations. • Many studies have characterized the overall impact of these workshops based on participants’ awareness and adoption of these innovations. • Few studies have explored how individual participants interact with these workshops. • Moreover, few studies have explored the extent to which the feature of the innovations being taught attract different types of participants and differentially impact the level of adoption of the innovations.
1. What are the types of adopters attending a semester-long workshop focused on one instructional innovation? 2. To what extent do the features of the instructional innovations relate to adopters’ progress on the innovation decision process? 3. To what extent do the features of the instructional innovations relate to the types of adopters?
This study demonstrates that moving beyond measures of overall impact of pedagogical workshops towards characterizing how individual faculty interact with the workshops and its features can provide insightful knowledge about characteristics of effective pedagogical programs.