I purposefully didn't take my laptop to the second day of the faculty development thing last week because I knew I'd be rude, and I try not to be.
We spent the first hour "going over" the new version of the textbook.
First, the text book is mostly reprints of stuff by other authors. And the reprints are only chosen from stuff the publishing company already owns the rights to. And if you were to guess the publisher most likely to piss off humanities types, you'll know the publisher. (Probably not the same publisher that pisses off sciency types.) The reprinted stuff is at least acknowledged this time. (Yeah, in the previous edition, the text didn't make it clear what was reprinted, or who'd written what. Not great modeling for student writing.)
The reprinted stuff isn't great reading, either.
Color me unimpressed.
And the "going over" was basically a person flipping through and saying "well, there's this now" and "this isn't something we were happy with," and so on. News flash: if you aren't happy with it, and it's being foisted on you by this publisher, why are you working with this publisher again?
There was one really useful part of the faculty development day. They gave us an hour and a half to work on our syllabus or whatever. So I mapped out the first 8 weeks of my course calendar for the course. Half the semester done!
I have to ask, what faculty development stuff have folks actually found useful?
New software stuffs?
What do faculty feel like we need help with, and how can our schools provide that help well?