Faculty Training Day

Today is our all day faculty training day. The theme is “Achieving Student Outcome-based Learning Goals: the journey, not the destination.”

So, clearly the day promises to be very meaningful. I’ll give live updates through the day so you can share the experience with me.

9:13 Somebody saw fit to bring their one year old infant. Seriously.

9:40 oh $”@$! There is a new federal requirement for standardardized assessments in higher education in order to get accreditation. Hooray, we get all the joy of No Child Left Behind, a whole new layer of administration, and several new committees to serve on. Just the thing we need to revitalize university education.

10:46 I used the excuse of a meeting with the VP in charge of staff to duck out of the training day. I met with her and the small group leader, and then it just seemed rude to interrupt the meeting by walking back in, so I’m hanging out in the school of music.

11:01 I got caught by the dean. crap. Back to the meeting.

12:00 Taught another faculty member how to build a course website in 20 seconds using iWeb. I love that feeling you get when people see the light.

1:00 Rod Cathey wins the Inspirational Faculty Award. Woo-Hoo!

1:05 and, scene. We actually got out early!

14 thoughts on “Faculty Training Day

  1. Josiah Mory

    Ah, the one day where you get to experience what we go through everyday sitting through your classes. At least you are getting paid…we pay you for ours. See then you spend the rest of the semester getting back at us for the crap you had to sit through on days like these.

  2. Matty

    I love “the journey, not the destination.”

    Does that mean no report cards?

    It sounds like something UC Berkeley would adopt.

  3. michael lee Post author

    It’s there way of warning us. The Assessment Committee’s interference with our teaching journey on forever, and never reach a meaningful destination.

  4. harmonicminer

    I continue to believe that everything the federal government does in education is disastrous in outcome, regardless of intentions.

    The litany of bad results from federal meddling, including federal funding, would fill you blog.

    I’m SO happy I didn’t have to be there this year.

    Text message from Dave Beatty during the meetings: “I’ve lost the will to live.”

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