The BVA is committed to sharing the results of its work and making our knowledge, outcomes and publications accessible to other organizations, post-secondary institutions, and initiatives.
Over the past several years, BVA Senior Scholars, Mary Huber and Pat Hutchings, have been conducting longitudinal case studies of four departments participating in a Bay View Alliance initiative on course transformation. The TRESTLE initiative embeds discipline-based pedagogical experts in STEM departments where they can collaborate with faculty on course redesign. The goal is to promote changes in teaching practices and department culture.
The departments involved in the case studies are:
- Biology, University of Kansas
- Geoscience, University of British Columbia
- Physics, Queen’s University
- Computer Science, Indiana University Bloomington
The case studies are designed to provide an in-depth account of the dynamics of departmental, institutional, and disciplinary culture central to academic leadership and change. To share what we’re learning, we have developed a series of blog posts focused on themes and issues:
- Talking about Teaching: Innovation and Collaboration
- Leadership: It Takes a Village (and Time)
- New Teaching Positions Up the Ante on Pedagogical Knowledge and Skill
The BVA uses a number of tools to generate and share data across campuses participating in our Research Action Clusters (RACs). The following surveys and protocols are currently available:
RAC1’s TRESTLE initiative is using the Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS) to record student and instructor activities in the classroom. TRESTLE participants use COPUS observations for project measurement (measuring change in faculty teaching practices) and to provide formative feedback to instructors. The COPUS was developed at the University of British Columbia as part of the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative.
Tools for Evidence Based Action
TRESTLE partner UC Davis’s site, Tools for Evidence-Based Action, has numerous online tools to enhance evidence-based teaching methodology and policy. The Ribbon Tool, is a visualization system to understand students’ pathways through the university over time. They have also developed an adaption of the COPUS, the GORP classroom observation tool.
Teaching Practice Survey
Developed through the BVA collaboration to measure faculty teaching attitudes, beliefs, and practices, the Teaching Practice Survey instrument integrates and adapts surveys used at the University of British Columbia, the University of Kansas, and the University of Saskatchewan. This survey is being used by campuses participating in RAC1’s TRESTLE initiative.
Case Studies Interview Protocol
The interview protocol serves as a framework to guide the case study interviews. Over the course of two days, formal interviews are conducted with individuals and small groups. Within each interview session, an emergent, conversational approach allows a more in-depth exploration of new threads, ideas heard in earlier sessions, and a focus on priorities. All participants in formal sessions sign a consent form approved by their institution’s Institutional Review Board.