HEQCO evaluates impact of compulsory faculty training

June 5, 2014

A new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario evaluates the effectiveness of a required faculty development program that was implemented at Durham College. The report evaluated the program’s impact on measures of teacher self-efficacy as well as its impact on the teaching philosophy of novice teachers. It found that while it is difficult to quantify specific effects, the program contributed to positive development in both categories. Teachers reported feeling more confident in their ability to teach as a result of their completion of the program, and also said that they were committed to a student-centred teaching philosophy. The report concedes that “it is…impossible to determine from this study whether these same statements would have been true without the experience of the faculty program,” but adds that the program accomplishes much beyond these goals. Report Summary | Full Report