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Course Signals’ potential to help faculty to improve instructional strategy: opinion on LAK12 John Cambell

February 8, 2012


In chemistry and chemical engineering there has been mismatch in learners’ style to instructional strategies.  Signals can be used as a tool for faculty professional development. For example, the signal indicates most are red and yellow with less than five percent green.  Would this result indicate a possible mismatch in instructional strategy and learning style? Of course we have to look at student preparation and student effort. The scaffolding to help the students is very important. However, improving instruction should also be a part of the equation for increasing quality. For #LAK12


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  1. It is important to find a way to use such a tool to improve instruction without having the faculty members feel as if the system were being used to evaluate them. An interested faculty member could do such a study themselves with the signals from their own students. The question is would we want another entity, such as administration, to see what kind of “signals” students were receiving in a specific faculty member’s class. I believe that at a for-profit institution, this kind of thing is acceptable. However, at most other institutions of higher education — for good or for ill — faculty members feel a sense of control and ownership over their own courses and probably would not want such scrutiny to happen.

    • Hello Nancy,

      The purpose is to improve the quality of education. Faculty have to be assessed as well. I think that a faculty member would be expected to do self-assessment. However, peer mentoring also would be of great benefit. The idea is to help in the retention of faculty. We need to supply faculty with the tools needed for success as well. Faculty support is as important as student support. I look at this as a support tool not a punishment tool.

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