CASSL sponsors workshops related to current issues in educational research, best practices for working with students, and dissemination of data from the college Research Office. These workshops meet periodically in CASSL and are advertised in the PD booklet.
Direct assistance to departments
CASSL provides support for departments working on outcomes implementation and program planning. CASSL staff will come to a department or program meeting or work one on one with individual faculty or staff members.
CASSL Innovation Grants
CASSL Innovation grants, which began in Fall 2007, provide a stipend to support individual or group proposals for educational or research activities that reach beyond what we do on a day to day basis. These grants support the following activities that include the following components:
- Identifying a problem, process or practice to be studied. This might include studies of student motivation, the effectiveness of various teaching methodologies or student support services, educational equity, student success factors or barriers, outcomes implementation, etc.;
- Gathering information to examine the issue. Information can be gathered by various means such as reflective analyses, case studies, focus groups, surveys, outcomes assessments, piloting of teaching methodologies, compilation of best practices , statistical analyses of student data, etc.;
- Making a change in response to what is learned. The information gathered may lead to changes in classroom or student support practices, updated materials, curriculum modifications, different mentoring of new staff, etc.
- Sharing the results with colleagues so it informs our practices. This could be done through written works, workshops, newsletters, mentoring, flex presentations, departmental meetings, etc.