In a rapidly evolving environment, we track how research and teaching practices are changing to help our community develop strategies, services, and products to meet the emerging needs of faculty and students.
Local surveys of faculty and students
Our local surveys provide critical information on how faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students approach their work, discover resources, and perceive the library. The surveys help libraries better understand the communities they serve and inform their strategic decision making.
Research support services
Working with cohorts of 10-20 libraries, we conduct in-depth qualitative analyses of the research practices of academics within specific disciplines and provide actionable recommendations for how to best serve them.
Teaching support services
We have adapted our research support services model to study the teaching practices of faculty in specific disciplines. The first project, on undergraduate business instruction, is currently underway.
How should colleges and universities integrate online teaching technologies into their curricula? Technology holds promise for improving instruction, lowering costs, and improving student outcomes. Through several multi-year grant-funded initiatives, we have helped consortia and university systems develop, implement, and evaluate new modes of teaching:
- Evaluating online instruction and cross-institutional course sharing for the Council of Independent Colleges
- Faculty collaboration and technology in the liberal arts: lessons from a Teagle Grant Program
- Improving introductory math instruction in the University System of Maryland (Adaptive Learning in Statistics project)