Getting faculty to share the good work they do is challenging. So we challenged them to share the work they do. The 9x9x25 Challenge began in 2013 at a small community college in Arizona. It has since been replicated over the years at several other institutions in various forms. This session tells the story of these challenges and how the challenge can be applied at any institution.
In brief, we used WordPress and the FeedWordPress plugin to syndicate nine weeks of faculty posts into our website. The faculty created their own sites, and were asked to write 25 sentences a week in a post, for nine weeks. They were asked to write about teaching and learning. Each week we gave them a small token of appreciation for their work. Here are some of the reflections faculty shared about their experiences from Yavapai College. They all benefited from the experience.
- there are ways to get faculty to share ideas
- there is value in getting them to write about teaching and learning
- there are ways to reward faculty that cost very little
- WordPress can help make it easier for them to share and become more digitally literate
You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2019 website at https://2019.wpcampus.org/schedule/the-infamous-9x9x25-challenge/.
What is WPCampus?
WPCampus 2019 was the fourth annual in-person conference for the WPCampus community, a gathering of web professionals, educators and people dedicated to the confluence of WordPress in higher education. The event took place July 25-27, 2019 on the campus of Lewis & Clark College. Learn more about the event at https://2019.wpcampus.org.