Faculty Mentor (FM) Improvement Projects
Back in October, the Pathways Faculty Mentors (FMs) and the Faculty Support Program Improvement Team (FSP-IT) came together for three days to discuss how to better support NIC faculty around Pathways instruction. This convening launched two improvement projects that aim to better support new faculty in 1) navigating their online course and 2) helping underprepared and vulnerable students succeed in the Pathways. These two teams have made tremendous progress and generated substantial learning around these improvement projects.
FM Improvement Project: Supporting New Faculty in Navigating Their Online Course
After learning more about the needs of new faculty through a series of interviews, the FMs decided to focus their efforts on improving new faculty comfort with the online platform through two avenues: 1) providing timely and high-quality support to new faculty and 2) improving the quality, organization, and accessibility of the online platform resources. FMs are currently testing a series of promising ideas to support these efforts, such as sending timely emails with online platform ‘tips and tricks’ to new faculty and redesigning the Help with Teaching section of the Carnegiehub website.
FSP IT Project: Supporting Faculty in Helping Underprepared and Vulnerable Students Succeed in Pathways Courses
The FSP IT team is conducting ‘positive deviance’ interviews with faculty members who are particularly successful with students who have low Math Conceptual Knowledge (MCK). They are learning about effective instructional practices around improving attendance, homework completion, and student participation in group work. Drawing from these interviews and the learnings from the Staying Strong team, the FSP IT team hopes to develop resources that better support faculty in supporting struggling and vulnerable students within the Pathways.
As a Networked Improvement Community, we are constantly striving to improve the Pathways faculty supports to meet the needs of a wider range of faculty and students. Through the leadership efforts of the FMs throughout the NIC, we can continue to accelerate our learning.