A Program for Faculty Development through Burapha University
Student – Centered Learning in Thai Higher Education
November 2006 through March 2007
With Dr. Celeste Brody, Fulbright Scholar

          Dr. Celeste Brody is the Instructional Dean at the Central Oregon Community College. She was appointed to the position in 2000, and her responsibilities include policy, fiscal development, budget oversight, instructional development, faculty professional development, and academic and administrative oversight for the instructional division of the College. She obtained her Ph.D. in curriculum, instruction and teacher education from the Ohio State University in 1971. She has published extensively, and her recent works include Studying Gender Consciousness in Single Sex and Coeducational High Schools, and Going Beyond Sex Equity: Lessons Learned from Studying Females’ Experience in Single Sex and Coeducational Catholic High Schools.
           Co-Author of Professional Development for Cooperative Learning:  Issues and Approaches, Gender Consciousness and Privilege, and Teaching Cooperative Learning: The Challenge of Teacher Education.
           Dr. Celeste Brody worked as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Burapha University from October 25, 2006 to February 24, 2007. Below is what Dr. Brody shared with us her views on success factors for faculty development in Thailand.

An Introduction to the Program on Student – Centered Learning
          This is an opportunity to faculty to bring their questions and areas of interest for the series of workshops on Student – Centered Learning in Higher Education. Dr. Brody will introduce the research on university – level teaching and learning which supports the benefits of these approaches.  She will outline themes and topics for the series. The workshops will focus on student engagement through collaborative learning and small group work with attention to the different requirements of the academic disciplines. Dr. Brody will integrate classroom research and assessment practices that support student and faculty learning.

The series on Student – Centered Learning ( 3 hours each) :
Faculty are encouraged to participate in as many of these as possible. The workshops are discrete but build on one another. Faculty discuss questions that arise as they apply ideas and experiment with new approaches. They set personal goals for implementation. Agendas will be adjusted to faculty interests. Dr. Brody will work with individuals and groups of colleagues who want classroom coaching and feedback.


1.  Increasing Active Learning during Lectures and Presentations. [ppt]

     Lecturing to convey ideas and information is a fundamental pedagogy in higher education. This workshop builds on the lecture format to enable faculty to use pairs and informal groups to increase student involvement and learning. We will review the cognitive basis for student engagement during lectures. Using informal groups during lectures provides rich assessment information and opportunities for adjusting instruction to student learning styles.  

2.  Collaborative Learning in the University Classroom, Part I
     The ability to conduct thoughtful discussion and work collaboratively is essential for university students to understand disciplinary inquiry, be critical thinkers and become effective workplace team members. Faculty reflect on their goals for their students as they design classroom environments conducive to collaborative learning.

  • The developmental needs and learning styles of university students
  • Building working relationships among students
  • Using informal groups as building blocks for complex learning task

3.  Implementing Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom, Part II  [ppt]
       Building on social constructivist theory of learning and teaching, this workshop will work with issues that arise in a collaborative classroom :

  • Motivating reluctant students
  • Structuring quality learning tasks
  • Coaching students for specific communication skills to improve learning
  • Assessing and evaluating collaborative learnin

4.  Base Groups : Organizing Students for Academic and Social Learning Through the  Semester   [ppt]
     A  powerful way to teach students to take responsibility for learning, provide support for academic success, and create a structure for evaluating learning is to adopt term-long base groups. Base groups are effective ways to organize cohorts and ease into group work. We will focus on structuring base groups in different courses and disciplines.

5.  Collaborative Learning Approaches for Different Learning Outcomes   [ppt]
      Explore several collaborative learning approaches to achieve different learning outcomes. These are advanced strategies that require more time, skill and commitment on the part of faculty but the results can be particularly satisfying to both students and faculty. Based on interests we will explore topics such as:

  • Techniques for discussion
  • Approaches for reciprocal teaching
  • Techniques for problem solving
  • Managing constructive controversy
  • Techniques that manage content


6.  Teacher Research and Classroom Assessment Practices   [ppt]
      Pedagogical change is both stimulating and challenging for teachers at all levels. But instructors who are astute observers and who seek to understand the vibrant connections between instructional design, curriculum and student learning are more likely to sustain changes over time. This workshop focuses on classroom assessment techniques that support teacher research, and student-centered learning approaches. Selected Classroom Assessment Techniques will be explored.


7.  Peer Coaching for Faculty Success
     A general rule for adopting new approaches to teaching is to start small, implement in courses that are going well and gather frequent data and feedback through classroom assessment techniques and collaboration with colleagues. This workshop will examine the fundamentals of classroom observation, feedback and peer coaching as they support collaborative, student-centered learning and classroom research.          


8.  A Forum for Teacher Educators : Learning to Teach with Cooperative Learning
    This is a forum for Thai teacher educators. It draws upon Dr. Celeste Brody’s research and experience with teacher educators from around the world who have developed programs noted for their integration of cooperative learning into the preparation of new teachers. More and more teacher preparation programs want to prepare new teachers who can apply student-centered approaches to effectively teach increasingly diverse student populations and achieve complex learning goals. We will consider how teacher educators face the challenges in regard to the new pedagogy of cooperative learning and how they are designing their teacher education course content and organizing their field experiences so new teachers can implement cooperative learning effectively. We will also consider institutional and program barriers to the reform of teacher education.



   Last Update : September 22, 2008

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