Phase I of PURSUE includes three 2-day workshops to facilitate curriculum design and the development of a faculty learning community. Hosted by the three PIs, each workshop includes faculty participants from six additional primarily undergraduate institutions who teach cognitive electrophysiology to undergraduates. During the workshop, participants discuss the design, development, implementation and assessment of PURSUE materials, applying current best practices in education. Involvement of faculty from diverse institutional backgrounds and research interests ensure the materials can be implemented in a broad set of contexts. These in-person workshops establish an atmosphere of trust and community and provide faculty with professional and social support that is essential for successful Faculty Learning Communities.
Our second PURSUE workshop was held in June 2019 at the University of Richmond, and included the three primary investigators (PIs) and six participating faculty (PFs). During the prior academic year, each PI worked with two PFs to further develop a specific subset of the modules proposed in the first workshop. The purpose of our second workshop was to review the module designs and to provide feedback for revision and further development. This in-person meeting allowed faculty to synthesize the work of the subgroups into a cohesive course structure that provides adequate scaffolding for challenging concepts and ensures that all key concepts were covered in an appropriate order. Participating faculty also were interviewed by Cobblestone, our independent assessment team, to evaluate the success of our faculty learning community.