Taking Flight synthesizes research on best practices for running centers of teaching and learning, providing practical guidance and resources for educational developers who are looking to open new centers; revitalize an underperforming center; or sustain and enhance an effective center. The authors offer the necessary background, relevant examples, and practical exercises specifically designed to support the sustained vitality of educational development and its role in fostering organizational change. The book is practical in nature, with step sheets, diagrams, and similar materials designed to facilitate reflection and application. The book guides educational developers in enhancing and applying their knowledge, skills and abilities to establish a leadership role which, in turn, will enable them to play a pivotal role in translating visionary strategies into meaningful actions across their respective campuses. An effective, well-managed center for teaching and learning has the potential to benefit its institution’s faculty, staff, students, and community members. Through fostering a productive relationship with campus administration, centers can improve morale, contribute to shaping and achieving institutional learning mission and outcomes, enhance institutional reputation, and make a contribution to the practice of teaching and learning across the academy. The materials in Taking Flight were honed through a series of national workshops developed under the aegis of the POD Network – the professional organization for educational developers in the United States. This book answers a need for a resource for directors and staff of centers that has been identified by leaders in the field. It also provides valuable context for all leaders concerned about student learning and the improvement of teaching.
Foreword Acknowledgments 1. Introduction. What Is Taking Flight? 2. Establishing a Baseline. Where Are You Now? 3. Needs Assessment. What Do They Need? 4. The Big Ask. What Will You Ask For? 5. Strategic Planning. How Will You Define Your Path 6. Prioritization. What Will You Do First? 7. Communication. How Will You Tell Your Story? 8. Assessment. How Will You Know When You Get There? 9. Networking. Who Will You Work With? 10. Conclusion. Where Are You Going To Go? References About the Authors Index
“Taking Flight is an amazing resource for everyone involved in educational development. Written in a friendly and supportive tone, the authors of this valuable resource have summarized the literature on educational development, provided examples of well-respected centers, created worksheets to help you develop your efforts, and infused their own decades of experience in this field. This book skillfully guides; it does not push. I am recommending this book to so many people.”
Todd D. Zakrajsek, Associate Professor, School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill