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Professional Development for College Instructors
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What is it?


STEM-based professional development opportunities made available to college instructors to keep their STEM knowledge and skills current

How is it done?

  • Bring in experts to train college professionals rather than sending them individually for training.  Example: Sponsor the Lego Education training specialist to review the new Lego EV3 robotics capabilities for all interested faculty

  • Send specific instructors to training sessions in Mechatronics at Siemens facilities to provide them with the skills necessary to train and educate students in the Siemens certifications

  • Budget:  varies depending on what needs to be accomplished

What are the results?

  • Bringing in experts is less expensive when seeking to train a group of instructors

  • Sending faculty members to the Siemens training facilities benefits more hands-on opportunities while working directly with the experts in the Mechatronics program

What have we learned?

  • Professional development needs are varied and dependent upon the desired results in order to determine which strategy to utilize (Example:  either bringing an expert to the campus or sending faculty members to a training facility).
  • Make training relevant to the needs of the college
  • Provide lunch for an on campus (onsite) training to provide an opportunity for everyone to discuss other ideas and reflect on the professional development
  • Maintaining college members’ professional development in new technologies will ensure that students are more knowledgeable and better prepared for real world experiences and employment

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