The best videos for faculty professional development

1. Stella Erbes, Milt Shatzer, and Robert Williams: TechLearn13 – Faculty Professional Development

Most people are familiar with the proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Expanding on this, Dr. Stella Erbes prefaces her remarks with a new ed-tech slogan: “Give a man a tech tool and watch him transform the way he teaches.”

Faculty Professional Development, or “Fac Prof Dev,” is a program offered by the Technology and Learning group at Pepperdine University to assist educators with the tools and skills to effectively integrate technology into the curriculum.

Erbes, Shatzer and Williams discuss transforming the way educators teach by examining course evolution and syllabus redesign. They also show examples of how people have applied what they’ve learned from faculty professional development in their teaching.

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2. David Thornburg: Sonoma State University Faculty Center Presents: David Thornburg, PhD

“To explore the future you must explore the past,” says David Thornburg, named by Technology and Learning Magazine as one of the top 10 most influential people in the field of educational technology in the last 20 years.

Thornburg, an internationally renowned expert on emerging technologies, shows a painting of a 14th century lecture to university students in Bologna and draws the conclusion that lecture-based delivery does not work for all students.

This illustration from a fourteenth-century manuscript shows Henry of Germany delivering a lecture to university students in Bologna. Credit:

For more on how students and learning styles are changing, and how to shape a meaningful educational experience, watch the full clip:

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