Developing Reflective Practitioners
As faculty developers, we have the opportunity to build our faculty’s capacity for reflective practice. But, with all the demands on their time, how do we effectively design meaningful learning experiences that make faculty come back to us?
This question is especially relevant now because of the COVID-19-related changes to college instruction. Faculty are grappling with a new set of challenges in the typically solitary culture of higher education. This workshop helps faculty developers design and facilitate collegial conversations to improve teaching practice and educational equity. Using equity as a foundation for the workshop, participants stay connected to the purpose of improving teaching practice to ensure learning for every student. The workshop facilitator models collaborative conversations while providing opportunities for participants to reflect on their own learning.
Designing Collaborative Spaces That Build the Capacity for Reflective Practice
- Build relational trust and encourage risk taking.
- Develop “shared agreements” for courageous conversations with colleagues.
- Structure effective conversations about improving teaching practice.
- Use probing questions to build reflective habits.
Facilitating Professional Learning
- Use protocols to shape collegial conversations about educational equity.
- Develop effective facilitation skills.
- Engage in reflective practice.
- Create an action plan to be used on your campus.