Faculty Teaching Initiatives
Faculty Enrichment leads and supports a variety of initiatives to provide Keene State College faculty opportunities for professional learning to enrich your teaching, engage with colleagues in a spirit of inquiry and reflection, and make teaching and learning more public and collaborative.
Open Classroom Days
Our annual Open Classroom Days is a two-week open house in which faculty volunteers open their classrooms for their colleagues to visit. Faculty Enrichment developed this program to provide a structure for faculty to informally observe each other’s teaching as a catalyst for discussion and collaboration. It is part of our effort to promote and facilitate these conversations, to make teaching a more public practice on our campus, and to recognize our faculty’s dedication to teaching and learning. In AY 2018-19, Open Classroom Days took place during the two-week period of October 1 to October 12, 2018, when 15 faculty opened 18 different courses representing 12 disciplines to visitors.
The Teaching Squares program is an opportunity for faculty to reflect and gain fresh insight on their teaching through reciprocal, non-evaluative classroom observations. A Teaching Square consists of four faculty, usually from different departments, who visit each other’s classes over the course of a semester, and then meet to discuss and reflect on what they observed and learned. Participating in a Teaching Square provides an organized opportunity to to engage with your colleagues in this reflective process of learning together that is separate from any evaluation processes. After a successful pilot in Spring 2019, we will be offering this program in both semesters during the 2019-20 academic year; visit this link for more information and to sign up for Fall 2019. Please contact Chris Odato if you have any questions about this program.
Teaching Innovation Studios
The Teaching Innovation Studios are opportunities for faculty to join in-depth exchanges of ideas around a selected topic related to college teaching. This faculty-led group began meeting in fall 2016 to form a community of practice to support each other in learning about and applying new and innovative practices in our teaching. At each Studio we discuss a selected topic related to college teaching. We come prepared to share our own experiences or ideas that we have been interested in trying. Together we exchange ideas, brainstorm, and ask questions, with the hope that everyone can leave with new ideas and recommendations to apply in their courses. Examples of past topics include active learning strategies, self- and peer assessment, alternative approaches to final assessments, structuring successful group work, efficient course design strategies, and making larger classes feel small.