Developing Collaborative Solutions to Teaching Challenges
Keywords:professional development, collaboration, faculty network, science education, workshop, higher education, group work, Scientific Teaching
The Solve My Problem professional development program was built upon evidence-based principles from Scientific Teaching (active learning, inclusivity, and assessment) and faculty learning communities (autonomy, competence-building, and connection). Over a four-week period, faculty worked in groups to collaboratively solve a shared teaching challenge. The virtual summer program was designed for faculty to develop implementable solutions. Participation and engagement were supported by maximum flexibility and minimal cost. At the conclusion of the program, each group shared the solutions, materials, and products they developed. Here, we describe the structure of this professional development experience and reflect on its impact and future.