Getting faculty to share the good work they do is challenging. So we challenged them to share the work they do. The 9x9x25 Challenge began in 2013 at a small community college in Arizona. It has since been replicated over the years at several other institutions in various forms. This session tells the story of these challenges and how the challenge can be applied at any institution.
In brief, we used WordPress and the FeedWordPress plugin to syndicate nine weeks of faculty posts into our website. The faculty created their own sites, and were asked to write 25 sentences a week in a post, for nine weeks. They were asked to write about teaching and learning. Each week we gave them a small token of appreciation for their work. Here are some of the reflections faculty shared about their experiences from Yavapai College. They all benefited from the experience.
- there are ways to get faculty to share ideas
- there is value in getting them to write about teaching and learning
- there are ways to reward faculty that cost very little
- WordPress can help make it easier for them to share and become more digitally literate
I was once introduced as a cheerleader for faculty. I am okay with just that. After ten years of teaching high school English and nearly twenty years teaching and instructional designing I have learned that faculty, like all of us, need good, healthy relationships and support. On a good day, I can be that. I work to help faculty dream about the wonderful ways we can create learning places and spaces. I do that because it is important work and I am lucky to be able to contribute.
- General Lecture Session: The infamous 9x9x25 challenge