Secret Decoder Ring: What Faculty Really Mean When They Say No to Faculty Development

Monday, January 29 | 4:00PM–4:45PM CT | Galerie 6, Second Floor
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Interactive Presentation
Faculty may say they don't have time, but how do intrinsic motivation, infrastructural issues, and other complex factors play into the attendance and engagement at professional development initiatives? In this interactive session, we will explore answers to this question through authentic case studies, evidence from the literature, and real strategies at Big Ten universities. The objectives of this session are: (1) decode what faculty are really saying when they say they don't have time to engage in faculty development activities, (2) appraise ideas from other institutions, and (3) identify your individual role to optimize efforts at your institution.

Outcomes: Be able to decode what faculty are really saying when they say they don't have time for faculty development * Be able to appraise ideas from other institutions and identify those that apply to yours * Identify your individual role in optimizing faculty development efforts at your institution


  • Matthew Aron

    Director of Academic Technologies, Emory University
  • Cody Connor

    Assistant Director of Instructional Design, Purdue University
  • Sarah Miller

    Leader, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Resources & Downloads

  • Link to GSlides Secret Decoder Ring ELI 2018

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  • SecretDecoderRingTheDecoder

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  • SecretDecoderRingCase

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