“Pursuing Instructional Excellence (PIE)” is a faculty development program that offers teaching techniques and strategies that can help any instructor, new or veteran, increase his or her effectiveness in the classroom. Most instructors teach the way they were taught, unless they are taught to teach differently. PIE is designed to move instructors from the traditional role of “sage on the stage” to a more collaborative, interactive, engaging role which is more effective for students of all ages.
The PIE program is available in two formats. A CD library is available that can be used continually. The program is also offered as online courses. There are benefits to each design and there is a “blended” benefit to adopting both!
“Active Learning Methods”
“Influencing Student Motivation
“Managing the Adult Classroom”
“Questioning in the Classroom”
“Soft Skills for Instructors”
PIE CD SERIES
- The CD library becomes a school-owned resource with unlimited, multiple uses for a one-time cost.
- The topics are never outdated.
- New instructors can begin training to teach effectively immediately with a mentor or independently.
- Entire faculty or departmental in-service sessions are easily facilitated with materials readily available in each CD.
- Follow-up materials to keep the instructors progressing toward the implementation of the strategies are readily available on each CD.
- Conducting sessions with the faculty creates a more unified culture.
- The faculty members identify their development goals as individuals and as a team, and they support each other toward more effective teaching.
- The individual CDs have multiple chapters to use in short segments as refreshers.
- The CD program is often referred to by current clients as an investment in their most valuable resource for their students – their instructors!
- The availability of the PIE online courses puts the flexibility of the program easily at the fingertips of the instructors.
- Schools that have limited opportunity for faculty in-service sessions have a program that provides faculty development as needed 24/7.
- With the individualized approach offered by online courses, each instructor measures his/her progress through the course.
- Each course has an instructor guide.
- Each course has interaction opportunities with other instructors.
Offered through www.maxknowledge.com, these are the online courses available.
ED 111 – Active Learning Methods
ED 112 – Influencing Student Motivation
ED 113 – Managing the Adult Classroom
ED 114 – Questioning in the Classroom
ED 115 – Soft Skills for Instructors
BLENDING BOTH CD AND ONLINE OFFERINGS
- Schools that adopt the CD series and provide the online courses for instructors have the best of both worlds. Training is not an event; it’s a process! Instructors can first experience the online courses. In the process of improving instructional effectiveness, anytime a review is warranted whether individually or in groups, the CD is within easy reach and includes many printable supplemental materials.
- For schools that place a priority on building the faculty as a team as well as enhancing the instructional skills of each individual instructor, the blended approach is best! When the faculty is united in processes and procedures including some instructional techniques and even the enforcement of policies, the entire educational function of the school is enhanced!
- The blended approach with the PIE courses creates more opportunity to establish a campus ownership of the training. Simply directing instructors through online professional development can create a “checkmark” definition of training. Check off that it was done, BUT was it effective?
SPECIAL DELIVERY – In-Service Seminars
A Training Masters specialist can deliver a PIE module which is often a request when colleges and schools are getting the program started. In addition to delivering the in-service session, the specialist includes a train-the-trainer objective so that the individuals who will be the ongoing PIE program facilitators become familiar with its fundamental delivery components.
- Everyone learns how easy it is to master the technical control of the program.
- Effective facilitation practices are demonstrated including the use of the pause button to encourage discussion, the ways to relate the content of the program to the particular school’s environment, and the adoption of several new strategies that all instructors agree to begin using.
- Easy KlickerZ set-up is demonstrated and the software installation is done.
- The numerous support materials in the PIE Resource Guide are demonstrated.
- The specialist integrates the PIE content with specific campus or company objectives such as retention improvement goals, increasing student attendance, increasing re-entry results, decreasing early attrition, enhancing the classroom observation process and more.
Take the “What Is Your PIE-Q? (quiz) to help you determine the effectiveness of your faculty development program! (Click here)
Review the PIE PROGRAM ADVANTAGES guide for a more in-depth description of the program. This guide will also spark ideas to improve your current faculty development program. (Click here)