POD in 140 characters or less

Thursday night at the conference, I posed the questions, “Why do we do what we do? Why does it matter?” and asked everyone to share their responses via Twitter.  Thanks to a lot of collaboration at the dinner tables, and additional help from our brave Roving Tweeters, the response was overwhelming.  As one person tweeted, “the #pod13 hashtag exploded!”

The responses–restricted to Twitter’s 140 character limit–were as insightful, funny, thoughtful, and moving as POD people themselves are.  As promised, I copied them and have posted them below so you can read them all in one place.  And if you have more, please feel free to add them either to the comments section below, to the #pod13 hashtag in Twitter, or both.

The list is long, but it’s worth reading.  Your words have inspired me.  Thank you.

 

  • What do we do? Build bridges, connections and communication channels between faculty, students, content, pedagogy
  • FDs force faculty to lift their heads and look outside of their silos to have broader conversations about T & L
  • Why do we do what we do?  We are facilitating learning to save the planet.
  • Connection between students and faculty, level the playing field to make sure everyone gets the best accessible and equitable ed
  • To help faculty make space for a life.
  • This is about the person…this is about caring for the faculty member and the student they encounter.
  • return on investment, we add value
  • For student learning. To enhance research.
  • for the faculty, grad students, cc teachers that need us
  • I do it for the money…said no Podder ever.
  • love to inspire others to inspire learning in their interaction with students
  • We are catalyst for personal and professional evolution.
  • We are here to impact the micro and macro level practices at our colleges and universities
  • The diversity of faculty development is personally and professionally enriching / I cannot imagine doing anything else
  • Break the solitude, get people to learn from each other
  • Because where else do we get to tweet about why we do what we do?
  • To improve the academy!
  • Empower learners,  Faculty, learning communities. ..
  • We get to look at universal (beyond discipline-specific) skills among teachers and learners.
  • effecting thousands of students a year
  • Undo the damage of the dissertation committee
  • Why do it? I meet great people and can keep coming to POD
  • I’m motivated to help grad students to be well-rounded and open-minded.
  • Role modeling life long learning and development.
  • Q: why do we do what we do? To empower others to do a good job. Everyone wants to do their job well. We can help.
  • POD members provide a respite and resources for faculty.
  • It’s about the light in people’s eyes
  • Because it’s needed, because it works, because it often subverts dominant cultures.
  • learning is learning .. can see excitement in faculty after sessions
  • Non judgmental!
  • Can we imagine a new academy…there is such potential at this amazing time
  • supports accessible education for all
  • What would happen if we DIDN’T do what we do?
  • Teaching is the best, most important job in the world. No hyperbole intended.
  • Faculty development is the best-kept secret on campus! It’s so much fun!!
  • All the benefits and none of the grading
  • Why do it? We need to foster civil discourse among informed citizens to improve our communities
  • Building relationships built on trust and helping our colleagues
  • I tell my mom: I help teachers teach better so students learn more.
  • We have all this data on learning and this time in faculty development is a fertile, groundbreaking time
  • Honor faculty abilities
  • Challenge the inequalities. Be an agent of change
  • Why important? Not about us. It’s about generations of lifelong learners and influencing and guiding teaching and learning for them
  • We must help others to not block the achievement of educational goals by our students. It’s a moral imperative.
  • Mentoring faculty careers and advancing higher education since 1976.
  • Why do it? I am responsible to students. They are trusting the institution with lots of their money and time.
  • Doing what we do improves our own teaching. And we love learning and want to pass that on. Passion for our discipline drives us too!
  • The helper in us – we want faculty and students to have a fantastic learning experience
  • To help people learn new approaches that can make a positive difference.
  • Faculty development can be a powerful agent of institutional change — where else can we have 50 provosts in a room?
  • bc teaching is a journey and a profession of constant improvement- Suzanne from
  • We do this because faculty all have different challenges that need focus and attention
  • teacher takes pride in touching 30 lives…we get to touch tens of thousands of students’ lives indirectly.
  • As a POD members we do what we do because we are committed to improvement of students, faculty and staff.
  • Faculty developers create and foster opportunities for an educated citizenry
  • can be generalist, not limited to content area
  • We are the only good pyramid scheme
  • If #POD13 is a pyramid scheme you are all in my downlink.
  • For the long arm of the lever
  • The lever, the pyramid, and the couch
  • FDs force faculty to lift their heads and look outside of their silos to have broader conversations about T & L
  • POD members provide a respite and resources for faculty.
  • Role modeling life long learning and development.
  • It’s creative. We are constantly learning new things
  • Working with individuals, depts and colleges
  • We change the world by influencing the influencers.
  • Our work can remind faculty that we’re here to help the whole person…not just the academic/scholarly work they’re tasked with.
  • what does POD stand for. … why do we do what we do? Because we care. The care about learning, people, interaction,  change.
  • Recognizing unsung heroes.
  • Help others get unbound
  • Learning should not be painful.
  • Learning should be painful…a little
  • Because it breaks down barriers/silos.
  • Because we love karaoke
  • Novelty. Figuring it out!
  • We get to learn and talk for a living. Two things we love.
  • Honor faculty’s ability
  • We get to look at universal (beyond discipline-specific) skills among teachers and learners.
  • To bring to the practical to the educational
  • There are so many roles that fac. have that grad school doesn’t prepare them for. I want to help them succeed at those roles.
  • It all goes back to the students. Agents of change/conscious creators of their future.
  • I wanted to recreate my graduate student learning community…why we do what we do.
  • We can live outside the silos and focus on what matters.  We can connect the silos.  It can be our own therapy.  To give back
  • we are driven philosophically to make education accessible to all students!
  • Break the solitude, get people to learn from each other
  • could impact more people than just with teaching – teaching the 50 faculty .. branches out from there
  • The diversity of faculty development is personally and professionally enriching / I cannot imagine doing anything else
  • Teaching is the best, most important job in the world. No hyperbole intended.
  • faculty don’t realize that in doing their ordinary teaching they are doing something extraordinary
  • We change the world by influencing the influencers.
  • We provide an important service for faculty who look to us for affirmation.
  • I can see the results of my work among a small faculty.
  • Because we’re more than just teaching; you know, the whole person.
  • because students deserve it
  • the work fills a need
  • Help people achieve successes of all kinds.
  • What we do matters because we want to continue to build up and maintain quality teaching and learning
  • Holding the institution accountable for its ideals; holding up a mirror so that everyone evolves
  • Compensate for the fact that most faculty have no training in teaching.
  • Organizational change. How do we impact that change
  • Why keep doing it? It’s a moving target! We have to keep changing.
  • We can connect the silos.
  • I get to use my skill set… Why we do what we do.
  • innately human to learn. … And share
  • making a difference in higher education none faculty member at a time; building community; encouraging discovery!
  • We have a tangible impact on others
  • It’s a new chance to connect with people (colleagues).
  • Why? To make teaching more rewarding, exciting, satisfying, enjoyable
  • This isn’t just pipes and elbow patches”: we are in faculty development for personal reasons / I want to support faculty
  • To make sure we have successful 21st century ready students.
  • Educators in some form. Believe in education. We are all learners.
  • Connection between students and faculty, level the playing field to make sure everyone gets the best accessible and equitable ed
  • Our desire to serve; for the bigger picture; delivering the promise; to leave the educational arena better than how we found it
  • No day is the same…why we do what we do
  • Why is it important? To improve student experience
  • Making change in the institution
  • Assisting faculty in the use of tech… To have those tools”. “Ultimately providing students ideal learning exp.
  • It’s intellectually stimulating.
  • I love thinking about teaching and learning processes, and helping others think about them.
  • keeping students from falling through the cracks. Why we do what we do.
  • Love to learn and encourage others to do the same
  • Education changes lives
  • Helping faculty connect with other faculty.
  • we can see the impact in this work
  • I can see the results of my work among a small faculty.
  • inspiring and helping others to make a difference and succeed
  • an extension of my teaching
  • I want to help change lives & working with instructors allows us to affect many lives.
  • dinner Q: why do we (POD) do what we do? A: novelty, it’s all about student learning, inclusive engagement
  • We r trending regarding “It is all about student learning!”
  • What we do matters because teachers who enjoy job will continue to so it
  • Education as a practice can impact eternity — the ripple effect of faculty dev is powerful
  • Why do it? How can you get someone to learn something? Is an interesting question
  • Education is an enchanting experience. We help faculty create these kinds of experiences.
  • what do we do? Build bridges, connections and communication channels between faculty, students, content, pedagogy
  • Humanistic preservation of the discipline.
  • To make a difference for our students and our organizations
  • give faculty safe place, like a harbor, and talk with one another about teaching
  • Rewarding is being heard a lot at this table
  • Because learning to be an effective educator is a lifelong endeavor that requires support.
  • Teaching is one of the most vulnerable things we can do: navigating and supporting faculty is helping the whole being of others
  • I like helping Faculty be the best and most accessible and passionate expert in their discipline. Their effectiveness is contagious.
  • To build community in higher education that has been missing
  • Co-create opportunities for faculty to reach full potential so that students reach their potential.
  • get to do something new – never grow bored
  • When I think about VA Tech…Six mos. later, I gaged the faculty how they were doing…I learned that our group helped
  • Help people achieve successes of all kinds.
  • education is our gesture to world peace
  • Making connections and building community
  • I love teaching, and I want to share that with other teachers.
  • I like faculty; I like seeing the lightbulb go off; they get my jokes!
  • We build bridges that heal the connective tissues between faculty/students/administration.
  • To engage in culture change … how would your center change your school
  • passion for teachers’ growth. Faculty members’ growth. Students’ growth.
  • A kind of service to the profession!
  • I enjoy helping faculty be the best they can be.
  • Our job as Educational Developers is to bring out the best in others.
  • We’re learners not bound by disciplines & teachers who realize it’s not all about us.
  • Expecting excellence of ourselves and each other.
  • wants everyone to like learning, even faculty
  • Motivated by the instructors. I don’t want other instructors to feel the kind of panic, stress I felt as a novice teacher.
  • Faculty development : witnessing the a-ha moment for both teacher and student
  • Putting into practice the research that we know works.
  • As a POD members we do what we do because we are committed to improvement of students, faculty and staff.
  • We enjoy working with brilliant, creative colleagues and encouraging their ideas.
  • Expanding and exploring what it means to be human
  • People want to advocate for students, multiply our influence, enjoy community, be of use, and change lives
  • We encourage the effect leading to better student learning.
  • it’s all about teaching; we care about student and faculty; keeping things open and sharing; change agent role to help make change
  • Every year, every couple of months, there’s a new project.
  • Why we do what we do  Helping people succeed 
  • No more yellowed notepads! (PPT slides don’t turn yellow) 
  • Because it benefits my colleagues.
  • Helping others grow and discover their greatness.
  • just because I got a degree in sociology doesn’t mean I know how to teach
  • We don’t have regular spaces and times for faculty to talk.  I hope I provide that” safe place to explore.
  • We are like bass guitars, we keep the group going
  • Why? Faculty development is “playing the bass guitar” … Keeps the music going…
  • Bass guitar? So we hang in the pocket and maintain the groove. Bass guitarists help the rest of the band sound good.
  • Faculty developers create and foster opportunities for an educated citizenry
  • to influence the future … moral/ethical imperative for an educated society/democracy
  • Support the journey to become successful teachers.
  • Shake up the status quo! Disruptive force
  • Facilitating learning bc it is emancipatory
  • To help students learn better.
  • bc teaching is a journey and a profession of constant improvement
  • To help people learn new approaches that can make a positive difference.
  • Why do what we do? I’m motivated by the students. I want to help their instructors create deep meaningful learning experiences for them.
  • like planting a garden , hope for the future
  • love working with community of teachers
  • Why do we do it? This is what gives me meaning
  • PFF – grad students aren’t being trained to succeed as faculty (just as researchers)
  • Providing faculty a safe place to talk out issues,  bout teaching, about student learning…Faculty aren’t used to doing that.
  • Why do we do what we do? Answer 1: to improve to student learning. To be continued. 
  • Help faculty discover and remove barriers to the tools available.
  • Help others excel.
  • Pod : efficacy as mediation:sleep
  • Why? It’s fun, it makes a difference, b/c education matters, actualizes individuals , help ppl achieve goals, etc etc etc
  • we do it because it’s fun, it makes a difference, we help people be who they can be and realize their full potential,
  • Help faculty love teaching part of their job.
  • Education as a practice can impact eternity — the ripple effect of faculty dev is powerful
  • Because there is a need for quality learning experiences
  • We may serve under represented populations who deserve to be taught by people who teach well
  • To make a difference, to help others have a better experience with teaching than we did starting out…
  • Q: why do we (POD) do what we do? A: Open up possibilities for grad students, empower faculty to want to do jobs better
  • We owe it to our students
  • for the students
  • Nobody does it better
  • Gratitude from teachers at all levels.
  • Enhance undergraduate education
  • To give grad students a voice…to give faculty a voice for themselves and faculty too…It’s a big component of what’s here…
  • Make a difference in a teacher who will impact hundreds, if not thousands, of students.
  • We do this to improve student learning
  • Larger contribution to education than I could by teaching my courses
  • Teaching can be isolating so it’s important that we create community.
  • Change agents, learning is core, making sure students get the best education
  • It’s the democratization of education
  • We do what no one else will!
  • It would suck if we didn’t do our jobs
  • It’s fun. It helps other people,