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Thursday, June 19 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
CON7.06 – The 3M National Teaching Fellowship: Does Evidence = Impact? (Room A241-A242)

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Assessing the impact of programs in post-secondary education has increasingly caught the attention of larger audiences as the demand for quality, accountability and transparency increases. What impact have the 288 3M National Teaching Fellows had, if any, on Canadian higher education? And how would one know?

We are in the midst of conducting a three-year study to document the impact of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship program. During the first two years we have collected data through focus groups and a survey that targets 3M Fellows, educational developers, faculty, students, and representatives from 3M Canada. We have also collected several “artifacts” that have been created over the 29 years of the Fellowship. In this session, we will give a brief “mid-term” report on our study and discuss ways of moving it forward.

This session asks the question,” How can one transform ‘evidence of the activity’ of the Fellowship into ‘evidence of impact’? ” Since 1986 with only 10 Fellows to today with 288, the work of the Fellows has created a corpus of “artifacts,” which speaks to evidence of their activities across Canada and beyond. For example, Fellows have produced 3 books (Making a Difference, Silences, and Students Speak), a national “Thank-Your-Teacher” campaign in The Globe and Mail, numerous sessions at STLHE and on their campuses. They have also participated in generating considerable publicity through the STLHE Newsletter, in campus newspapers, in Macleans, etc.

Can these “artifacts” be used to make a compelling case to your colleagues and institutional leaders that the 3M Fellowship has had an impact? How? What’s missing? What needs to be added? More generally, how can we assess and document the impact of our work on our students and colleagues, on our institutions, and beyond?


Denise Stockley

Professor and Scholar in Higher Education, Queen's University
Dr. Denise Stockley is a Professor and Scholar in Higher Education with the Office of the Provost (Teaching and Learning Portfolio), seconded to the Faculty of Health Sciences, and cross-appointed to the Faculty of Education. She is the past Chair of the Awards Portfolio for STLHE... Read More →

Thursday June 19, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
A241/A242 Duncan McArthur Hall

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