The emphasis on more hands-on, technology-enhanced learning has impacted every facet of campus life, with teaching as a central force. With students inventing, iterating, and collaborating regularly, instructors have been transplanted from their position as “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side.” There is a need for mentoring and coaching as students work through complex problems to explore new frontiers and gain concrete skills. As student-led class discussions delve deeper into the material, faculty must balance the student-centered approach with subtle but effective facilitation. However, institutions are often set up in ways that indicate a value on research over teaching. As such, educators are not always sufficiently motivated to improve their teaching craft — or rewarded when they do so successfully. Programs that recognize and scale positive teaching practices are a necessity. Further, just as there is a need to advance digital literacy among students, faculty must also engage in ongoing professional development, with support from institutions.

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