Our training is designed to incorporate theory with application so that faculty fellows leave with the competence and confidence to successfully develop and lead their own course. We provide training that focuses on both what we teach (i.e. the content for that particular course) and how* we teach. The model includes four phases:
1. Online training
Faculty fellows are introduced to course content through an online training platform. Depending on their pre-existing knowledge of the course content, this phase takes approximately 10-40 hours to complete and includes five modules. Each module includes a pre-recorded lecture, a hands-on activity, and a knowledge check. Feedback is provided in real-time from the course director. In addition, faculty fellows are introduced to one another and begin to communicate and exchange advice and experience through discussion boards.
2. In-person workshop
The faculty fellows come together for a week-long in-person workshop. Check out the “Data management” course page for a sample workshop schedule. Activities include practice teaching with peer feedback, co-development of course assignments, and learning of the more complex aspects of the course.
3. Inaugural course
Together, the faculty fellows co-teach the course to students at the host institution. This serves to give them experience teaching the content in a low-risk environment where they have the support from the course director and other fellows.
4. Home-site implementation
In the final stage, fellows return to their home institution to adapt the course to their local context, and then offer if to students at their institution.
*In 2020 we are thrilled to partner with the PedaL program to offer more advanced training on teaching practices within the SSA context.