Tuning Updates

Julia Brookins, February 2013

Nearly a dozen of the faculty members who are participating in the AHA's Tuning project made presentations at the Workshop on Undergraduate Teaching in New Orleans. They discussed their responses to a range of issues their programs are facing, from orienting large numbers of international students to succeed in the U.S. history survey course to supporting students through their capstone research projects and making the positive case for curriculum revision to fellow faculty. See the HistoriansTV video on the workshop and the AHA's blog post .

HistoriansTV also interviewed faculty participant David Trowbridge (Marshall Univ.) about the Tuning project.

Anne Hyde (Colorado Coll.), councilor on the AHA's Teaching Division, and the faculty director of the AHA's Tuning project, wrote recently about how Tuning offers historians the opportunity to blaze a trail away from the problematic credit hour towards more meaningful measures of what students learn in higher education. Read "Defining Learning Expectations" in Inside Higher Ed, December 21, 2012 .

The AHA's approach to Tuning has been drawing attention across the higher education community. Staff and project participants presented on the work in a variety of venues, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education meeting; the Southeast World History Association meeting; the international Tuning conference in Brussels, Belgium; and the Association of American Colleges and Universities annual meeting in Atlanta on January 25. Tuners will present at the Southern Conference on African American Studies meeting in Tallahassee in February.

The Institute for Evidence-Based Change, which is consulting with the AHA on its Tuning work, has updated its guide to Tuning processes. Read The new and condensed version.

The AHA Tuning project will have its second meeting in Washington, D.C., from February 15–17. Participants will discuss their approach to the Tuning process, and share strategies for improving the effectiveness of their curricula and their communication with the communities beyond the campus.

Julia Brookins is the AHA's special projects coordinator.