Many professors want to teach differently, but don’t.
Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, The University of Virginia is looking into what’s preventing faculty members from adopting the new teaching practices they’re learning about, and excited about, from UVa’s Center for Teaching Excellence.
The top and most obvious reason? Time. Re-building a curriculum is time-intensive and sometimes even time-prohibitive at institutions who prioritize research over instruction when it comes to faculty promotions and tenure.
The takeaway? If we want our professors to move to more active-learning classrooms and new best practice pedagogy, we must understand the barriers preventing them from doing so, and help remove them.
May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.
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