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Abstract Title: Using the Student Participation Observation Tool (SPOT) for faculty professional development
Abstract: The dissemination and implementation of student-centered teaching practices in college STEM courses remains an unsolved problem in education research. Despite research indicating positive student learning outcomes, most college STEM courses are traditional lectures. Our research team developed The Student Participation Observation Tool (SPOT), an innovative web-based application developed based on observable classroom actions aligned with research-based instructional practices in order to facilitate faculty reflection on their teaching practice and potentially promote reform. In this presentation I describe the impacts of a faculty development workshop where university STEM faculty used SPOT in conjunction with reflective dialogue to aid them in identifying their current and desired teaching practices. Faculty participated in this 5-part workshop series that included three group meetings and two classroom observations. Analysis of workshop data (artifacts, transcripts, surveys) indicate that impacts of the SPOTing Effective Teaching Workshop series include participant motivation and planned implementation of student-centered teaching practices aligned with research-based best practices.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Katrina Roseler
San Jose State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Cassandra Paul -  San Jose State University
Cara Harwood Theisen - UC Davis