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New Coordinator Hired for Fletcher Center

Teresita Fawcett

To serve as coordinator of the new Fletcher Center, HCC hired Teresita Fawcett, an adjunct faculty member at HCC since 2008. As coordinator, Fawcett’s role will be to serve as a facilitator and help new and existing college faculty find the materials and resources they need to enhance their teaching abilities.

Fawcett will also help organize faculty workshops under the guidance of Dr. C. David Warner, the vice president of academic affairs. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics on teaching and learning and will include the four domains and two universals established by Dr. Altieri for the Fletcher Center. They are:

The Domains

  1. Curricular content - The what of teaching. This includes, is the content current? Does the instructor make good choices about what to leave in and what to leave out?
     
  2. Instructional design - The how of teaching. Do teachers effectively engage students in instructional activities? What methodologies do they use – and are they effective? How does online instruction figure into design? Creativity is necessary.
     
  3. Standards - To what extent consistency is sought? How do both internal and external measurements (such as certification exams) demonstrate the students who are successful  are successful in achieving goals and skill levels that are ambitious, not watered down? How do internal and external results match up? All the standards should be in alignment without taking away from the instructor’s creativity.
     
  4. Measurement and assessment - Verification of student learning. This is where we verify the student is actually learning what we said we would teach them. This is the feedback loop. What does and A or B really mean? Is the A in one class of the same course the same as an A in a fellow instructor’s class? Are grading practices fair? Do students know and respond to instruction expectation when it comes to grading and testing?

Universals

These are seen as an overlay for all the four domains

  1. Communication: Is it clear, complete, appropriate, consistent, effective and respectful of the learner, yet also direct? This is applied to all the four Domains. For example, is the Curricular Content clear, complete, appropriate, consistent, effective and respectful? Then apply to Instructional Design, Standards and Measurement.

  2. Psychosocial Awareness: Does the instructor create a safe learning environment where optimal learning can occur? Is the instructor aware of students’ readiness to learn and social needs related to learning? Again, this is an overly and is applied to each of the four domains.