University of California Davis
The mission of the TEA community is to enhance evidence-based teaching methodology and policy by developing and sharing new technologies. With funding from the Helmsley Foundation we have developed a visualization system to understand the pathways students take through a university (Ribbon Tool) and a classroom observation tool (GORP) used for researching teaching methodology and teacher development training.
Preliminary tests in which faculty were given access to data and analysis tools resulted in quick and positive shifts in the course planning and developing process toward evidence-informed practices. Such rapid and high-level integration into program culture suggests that these resources are meeting a significantly underserved demand, and that the potential to affect broad and long-term change is great.
Measures of intervention impact will include (but are not limited to):
- Tracking faculty use of analytic tools including the type and quality of driving questions
- Changes to course curriculum, instruction, and assessments informed by evidence – and resulting performance outcomes
- Changes to program-level curricular planning, TA training, and/or faculty reward systems related to instruction
- Faculty engagement in curricular pilot projects
Methodologies include interviews of faculty and students, online analytics, and qualitative analysis of course content, instruction, assessment, student assessment responses, and iterative course revision.
The work will focus on:
- Continued construction of the tools by the various partner development teams,
- Implementation of tools and training at each partner campus, and
- Assessment of impact including characterization of how data are used and if/how tools and data are impacting faculty culture and student outcomes.
An exploratory RAC3 workshop was held at UC Davis in December, 2013 attended by several BVA partner universities. In January 2015, UC Davis hosted the first TEA workshop. Professors, administrators, education developers and data analysts from 28 different institutions came to learn about the tools and begin collaborations on how to use them at their home institutions. A second face-to-face meeting was held in February 2016.
Please contact Marco Molinaro firstname.lastname@example.org, at UC Davis