Transparent Teaching Faculty Learning Community
In recent years, scholars of teaching and learning have developed great insight into the fact that helping historically underrepresented students succeed in higher education is not only about developing the students’ skills; faculty also can design and deliver curricula in ways proven to improve student learning. An approached championed as “Transparent Teaching” has earned particular recognition. Pacific would like to systematically implement the Transparent Teaching strategies in its lower-level coursework by empowering faculty leaders to help their peers implement the Transparent Teaching model, both through expert facilitators to lead faculty development workshops and by supporting Pacific faculty in attendance at conferences to prepare them to facilitate peer workshops.
Pacific will offer Faculty Learning Communities, and faculty who attend the workshops will redesign pedagogy, syllabus and assignments incorporating Transparent Teaching pedagogies, which will result in improving student academic performance and retention.