Sonoma State

STAM:PEDE will help to better serve students of varying disciplines, as related to high-enrolled general education courses. In addition, there is great need to involve faculty in comprehensive course redesign, in a way that is structured and supported over a significant period of time and directed toward specific outcomes. Typical faculty development opportunities are fleeting workshops that introduce faculty to a range of possibilities, in hopes they will gain interest and seek additional training. In addition, what focus there has been on teaching development has largely been guided by tradition, rather than informed by shared inquiry or understanding of what works (Hutchings and Huber, 2006).

STAM:PEDE will offer great depth and frequency of training, as well as a structured Faculty Learning Community to better foster exchange and development of ideas across disciplines. This process will be driven toward improving student learning while simultaneously addressing the issue of instructional costs, leveraging Pachyderm, a free, easy-yet-robust online authoring system for the development of Online Units of Instruction (OUI).

Project Lead:
Brett Christie, Director, Center for Teaching and Professional Development

Technical Training & Support:
Lou Zweier, Director, CSU Center for Distributed Learning

Faculty Participants:
Sheila Cunningham, University Library
John Sullins, Philosophy
Melissa Vandeveer, Nursing
Tryon Woods, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Featured Campus Project: CSU San Bernardino

The focus of our project is the transformation of our first-year experience project, the Gateway Program. We plan to restructure the program so that the third Gateway-enhanced course that students take will be a large class (such as PSYCH 100, HSCI 120, or HIST 142) transformed—through technology and other pedagogical strategies—from a lecture-based format into inquiry-based courses that promote active learning and greater teacher-student interaction and are consistent with the Gateway Program philosophy.

 Utilizing the three Gateway-enhanced large classes in Spring 2008 as part of the Spring 2008 offering will enable us to achieve our learning outcomes at a much lower cost than the previous approach, which would have us offering sixteen Gateway-enhanced courses in the Spring 2008 capped at 20 students.

 You can learn more about our project on our website.