The Pedagogy Project

Founded in 2009, the Pedagogy Project is a faculty-led and initiated effort originating out of the College of Arts and Sciences to encourage conversation and reflections about teaching at UM.

The Pedagogy Project is an effort originating out of the College of Arts and Sciences to encourage reflection and discussion about teaching at UM. With support from the African-American Studies Program and the Faculty Development Office (Office of the Provost), the Pedagogy Project currently sponsors two initiatives: a faculty discussion series and the Small Group Analysis Feedback Program.

Discussion Series

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Pedagogy Project will sponsor a total of four discussion seminars, three in the fall and one in the spring semester. Each seminar will featured short "micro-talks" by UM faculty followed by a facilitated discussion. All faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to attend. Videos of these sessions are available on the video page.

For a list of this semester's micro-talks and other professional development sessions offered at UM, visit the Faculty Development Office page.

Small Group Analysis Program

Each year a group of faculty participate in the Small Group Analysis Program of the Pedagogy Project, an opportunity to give and receive feedback on classroom instruction. This small group analysis process allows instructors to receive feedback from their students while their course is in process. An outside facilitator asks students to identify 1) what aspects of the course are enhancing their learning; 2) what could be improved to enhance their learning; and 3) what they can do to enhance their learning. The questions are responded to in small groups and on an individual basis in anonymous process conducted with the instructor out of the room.

Those participating commit to:

  • Attending a two hour-long training session on the basic feedback model (to be held early September).
  • Scheduling mid-course feedback sessions in two classes in the fall and two in the spring during which another evaluator would conduct the half-hour long feedback sessions.
  • Conducting two half-hour feedback sessions for another instructor in the group.
  • Compiling the results of the feedback sessions you conduct and going over them with the instructor.
  • Meeting with the evaluator who conducted feedback sessions in your classes.