5 Transformative Teaching Practices

There are numerous good ideas out there about college-level teaching. But which ones have the most potential to make a big difference in our teaching, i.e., to make a major increase in student engagement and student learning? Any such idea is a transformative teaching practice. In this session, I will share and discuss the ideas on my short list of Transformative Teaching Practices. Some of these have been around awhile; others are relatively new.

L. Dee Fink is a nationally recognized expert on college teaching and faculty development. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1976, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Oklahoma. In 1979 he founded the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma and served as its director until his retirement in May 2005. He was president of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education (2004-2005), the primary professional organization for faculty developers. At the present time he works as a national consultant in higher education. He is the author of Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses (Jossey-Bass, 2003) and co-editor of Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Use of Small Groups in College Teaching (Stylus, 2004).

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