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A model for spurring organizational change based on faculty experiences working together to implement Problem-Based Learning

Chance, SM; Duffy, G; (2018) A model for spurring organizational change based on faculty experiences working together to implement Problem-Based Learning. In: 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. (pp. p. 23157). American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Green open access

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Abstract

This research paper provides a case study of experiences of engineering faculty members at a large public university in Ireland working together to transform their teaching methods. We investigate eight teachers’ experiences of a faculty-led learning community designed to help individuals transform their courses. This small collection of faculty met regularly to discuss ways to facilitate and assess students working in groups. Outside the group’s meetings, participants brought important issues to the forefront of formal and informal discussion with colleagues. Participation in the learning group encouraged, supported, and helped sustain change. This case study seeks to provide insight and a conceptual model for implementing changes. In analyzing the mechanisms that fostered change in one particular program and then interpreting the findings, we draw conclusions that can help faculty members, program administrators, strategists, and policy makers facilitate change in their other educational settings. To understand how key players experienced and achieved change, we conducted in-depth semistructured interviews with individual faculty members. We used a grounded theory approach (Strauss & Corbin, 1994) along with template analysis (King, 2004) to study interview transcripts. All members described having an active champion, an experienced and informed advisor, various forms of institutional support, and a group of colleagues interested in discussing pedagogy and implementing new approaches. From this, we distilled a model for encouraging transformation that holds promise for use elsewhere.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: A model for spurring organizational change based on faculty experiences working together to implement Problem-Based Learning
Event: 125th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, 24-27 June 2018, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Dates: 24 June 2018 - 27 June 2018
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/106/papers...
Language: English
Additional information: This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: faculty learning community, change management, problem-based learning, student-centered learning, template analysis
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10059261
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