Successful propagation of educational innovations: Viewpoints from principal investigators and program
We are beginning a project to help developers of educational innovations promote adoption of their work at other institutions through deliberate propagation strategies. To gain a better understanding of the current situation with regard to the spread of educational innovations, we analyzed a web-based survey of 1284 Principal Investigators (PIs) in the NSF Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) program and held focus groups with NSF TUES program directors (PDs). Overall, PIs tend to think of spreading their innovations through one-way transmission methods, such as publishing a paper. On the other hand, PDs think that interactive methods, such as multi-day workshops, are more effective. We conclude by advocating the need for increased explicit attention on planning and enacting propagation strategies by both PIs and PDs.