The 6th Habit of Highly Effective College Instructors
The Compact Oxford English Dictionary defines synergy as the “interaction or cooperation of two or more agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.”
Putting this in the context of college instruction, Dr. Paul (that’s what they call me around the college … to my face that least 😉 ) defines synergy as “the cooperation of students and their instructors to enhance student learning beyond what could be achieved by students or instructors alone.”
Let’s all think about what this means. Does it make sense? Does synergy apply in the college instructional setting? Is there a better definition? Is the cooperation mutual? Can it be? Should it be? Will the Cubs ever win a pennant? (Sorry, that questions doesn’t apply, but I am a Cubs fan.)
Note: There may be a pop quiz at the start of my next class article.
© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.
Posted May 6, 2010