Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education



Ray Shackelford

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To Improve the Academy, published by The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, volume 12, 1993.


The primary function of institutions of higher education is to facilitate learning. New faculty are hired yearly with the expectation that they will match student needs with effective learning experiences. But many incoming faculty, although knowledgeable in their fields, enter higher education with limited preparation or experience in teaching. This can reduce the effectiveness of the teaching/learning process. The question is: "How can faculty with limited teaching experience be helped to strengthen their teaching effectiveness?" To examine this question, this article will describe the development, implementation, and qualitative and quantitative assessment of an innovative faculty development program entitled "Teaching the Technology of Teaching" (TIT).