2016 On-Site Visit Schedule and Report

PBEA PLC On-Site Visit

Objective, Agenda, and Ideas

Objective:  At the end of the visit, PLC team members will have identified the needs of the African faculty members, provided consulting, and provided professional development on how to integrate the e-modules and enhance their teaching and learning.

Agenda and

Saturday and Sunday:  Travel from Des Moines, Iowa to respective locations in Africa.

Monday:    Goal:  Understand the environment, coursework, and student/teacher dynamics.

  • Campus & plant breeding facilities tour
  • Get acquainted with faculty, facilities, coursework, & students
  • Begin instructional observations
  • Ask faculty to consider best date for the teaching symposium

Tuesday:   Goal:  Understand the environment and instructional approaches used by the faculty members.

  • Observe instruction

Wednesday:   Goal:  Provide professional development aimed at enhancing teaching and learning.

  • Seminar, workshop, round table discussion, or other form of professional development
  • Aimed at plant breeding faculty members, plant breeding students, college of agriculture faculty members, and/or all university faculty members.

Thursday:    Goal:  Provide individual consultations and make further observations for needs assessment.

  • Individual consultations
  • Additional observations of instruction and learning

Friday:  Goal:  Wrap up the visit and plan for the future.

  • Finish any final observations and consultations requested by faculty members 
  • Plan for the future
    • Set dates for ISU Teaching and Learning Symposium
    • Identify needs and topics for webinars
    • Identify needs for distance consulting
    • Identify any other requests for future professional development.

Saturday and Sunday: Return to Des Moines, Iowa.


Ideas for On-Site Professional Development:

Plant Breeding Faculty:

  • Integration of e-modules
  • Further defining and using core competencies

All Faculty: 

  • Curriculum/Lesson Development
  • Motivating Students
  • Critical Thinking
  • Assessment Techniques
  • Maintaining Student Engagement
  • Case studies
  • Experiential learning
  • Basically any teaching and learning topic that is of interest to the audience


  • Improved presentation skills
  • Improved interview skills