Preparing future STEM faculty through flexible teaching professional development

Bennett B. Goldberg*, Derek O. Bruff, Robin M.C. Greenler, Katherine Barnicle, Noah H. Green, Lauren E.P. Campbell, Sandra L. Laursen, Matthew J. Ford, Amy Serafini, Claude Mack, Tamara L. Carley, Christina Maimone, Henry Campa

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We have prepared thousands of future STEM faculty around the world to adopt evidencebased instructional practices through their participation in two massive open online courses (MOOCs) and facilitated in-person learning communities. Our novel combination of asynchronous online and coordinated, structured face-to-face learning community experiences provides flexible options for STEM graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to pursue teaching professional development. A total of 14,977 participants enrolled in seven offerings of the introductory course held 2014-2018, with 1,725 participants (11.5% of enrolled) completing the course. Our results of high levels of engagement and learning suggest that leveraging the affordances of educational technologies and the geographically clustered nature of this learner demographic in combination with online flexible learning could be a sustainable model for large scale professional development in higher education. The preparation of future STEM faculty makes an important difference in establishing high-quality instruction that meets the diverse needs of all undergraduate students, and the initiative described here can serve as a model for increasing access to such preparation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0276349
JournalPloS one
Issue number10 October
StatePublished - Oct 2023

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