Committee on Pedagogical Improvement- Meeting Summary, 12-1-08

The full Committee on Pedagogical Improvement met for the first time since adding new members on Monday, December 1. The committee is composed of 3 subcommittees: assessment, peer review, and learning spaces. Each subcommittee chair presented what the subcommittee has worked on so far and its goals for the academic year. Below is a compiled list of what was discussed.

Learning Spaces

General Issues On Which to Focus:

  • Access to Power
  • Blackboards vs. Whiteboards
  • Internet Access

Classroom Design Issue

  • Projectors over blackboards
  • Walk through of rooms to figure out what works best (SC rooms)

Goals for the year

  • Document to describe issues with space
  • Prioritized list of short-term vs. long-term goals
  • Statement to get Faculty and students involved

Peer Support

  • Support vs. review aspect
    • Needs to be support to get support (haha) from faculty
  • Peer Support groups consist of 2-3 faculty each, observe class rooms
  • Reports would be written up
    • Should they go into faculty dossiers?
  • Also write-up executive summary about course (as opposed to professor)

Goals for the year

  • Review series of models to choose best way to implement peer support
  • Need recommendation of fundamental principles of PS

Assessment

  • Expand quantitative assessment beyond CUE
    • Perhaps add another quantitative number that would work w/ CUE
  • Need better way to use the data that we have
  • Concept tests (basic tests to test fundamental knowledge)
    • Grades ≠ learning

Goals for the year

  • Need something to give Mike at end of spring with lots of statistics about how best to implement assessment

Notes:

January meeting has been cancelled in favor of subcommittee meetings. Next full committee meeting is Feb. 8, 2009.

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