Housed within the College of Nursing, the Center for Best Practices in Teaching and Learning (CBPTL) is to foster a learner centered community. Best practices in teaching, learning, and evaluation are considered to be a vital component of the mission of the CBPTL and act as the underpinning for program improvement and success. The research team of the CBPTL embraces androgogical teaching/learning principles. These theories are reflected in the implementation of an innovative orientation program for novice educators and the development of lifelong learning opportunities for experienced faculty members. Creative teaching/learning strategies are explored and incorporated in the traditional, hybrid and online learning environments to facilitate knowledge, skills and abilities.
Specific strategies to achieve this goal includes:
- Facilitation of a student-centered learning environment
- Employment of best practices in teaching, learning and evaluation
- Implementation of innovative approaches to teaching and learning
- Development of exemplary courses in instructional design
- Cultivation of creative learning opportunities for faculty and students
- Fostering professional behaviors that model caring among faculty and students
Structured programs of the CBPTL include:
1) The ONE Program-The ONE Program is a collaborative effort between Drs. Helms, Peinhardt and Shelton to provide a structured, staggered orientation to novice nursing educators. Dr. Peinhardt used Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) for her capstone project at Samford University. When she started at JSU, she implemented the use of RLOs for newly hired faculty, clincial associates and adjuncts.
Goals of ONE:
- Expand structured delivery of orientation to novice and newly hired nurse educators
- Stagger the ONE program over a one-year academic period
- Promote an organized mentoring program
- Identify and incorporate effective communication strategies with new faculty
- Expand faculty resources within the CBPTL
- Provide formal orientation for adjunct and full time faculty members
2) The Highly Effective Teacher (HET) Component-This project represents nurse educators as they transition from the clinical practice setting to academia. The HET project was developed to encourage professional development and lifelong learning of novice and experienced nurse educators. The overarching goal of the HET Project is active participation in a series of professional development workshops during the academic year.
The overaching goals of HET include:
- Facilitate the transition from the role of clinical expert ot novice educator
- Promote the professional development of nurse educators
- Encourage lifelong learning, collaboration and contributorship
- Increase perceived self-efficacy in the role of nurse educator
- Foster desirable attributes of effective nurse educators
3) ICAN!-The Innovative and Creative Approaches in Nursing Educator (ICAN!) Project is designed to promote student success and encourage the continued growth and development of novice and experienced nurse educators. The ICAN! project includes innovative approaches in teaching, learning and methods of evaluation. ICAN! provides a repository of teaching resources for faculty members to foster a student centered learning environment in both the traditional and online learning environment. ICAN! specifically supports the establishment of a collaborative community of nurse educators who aspire to implement creative approaches to teaching/learning, desire to foster a student centered learning environment, endorse the establishment of caring groups, and engage in creative approaches to student assessment of learning and authentic methods of evaluation. Promotion of student success, integration of simulation, establishment of collaborative relationships with external stakeholders and peer-to-peer education are integral parts of the ICAN! project.