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:
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, clinical associates and adjuncts.
Goals of ONE:
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:
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.