Dear Commons Community,
This piece was sent to me by a colleague in Canada. Entitled, Seven Habits of the Professor of the Future, it provides practical advice for aspiring faculty. Actually I would say that these habits are in important for present-day faculty as well. A quick synopsis:
Habit 1: Reviewing New Research and Information
One major development that began in 2010, and has been developing with more sophistication ever since, is the intelligent magazine-like search engine. Faculty and students will use Zite-like products for project work and research, so they are always on top of current developments.
Habit 2: Continuous Course Construction
The professor of the future will continually think of new ways to improve a course and will modify same as needed.
Habit 3: Collaboration on a Massive Scale
Faculty and students will engage with colleagues throughout the world.
Habit 4: Assessing Competencies
Many courses will become more modularized and competencies established and assessed by module.
Habit 5: Creating New Resources
Course content creation software such as iBook Developer will allow faculty to create new course modules and other materials (videos, simulations, text material) in a matter of days.
Habit 6: Meeting – Anytime, Anywhere
Weekly or monthly departmental and other collegial meetings will give way to more continuous online faculty exchanges.
Habit 7: Face-to-Face Teaching and Learning Sessions
Despite predictions that face-to-face would die and be replaced by online learning, this is unlikely to happen. It’s a key role of the professor to engage directly with students, and a key role of students to engage with the professor and each other. Face-to-face engagement will be blended/augmented by online learning activities.