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An increasing number of POD programs, products, and activities serve
member needs. These include:
An annual conference unlike most other conferences you attend. The ambiance
of this three-day event is designed to satisfy professional and personal
needs, to nurture growth, innovation and change; and to enable people to
exchange ideas and add to their professional network. With few exceptions,
conference sessions are small and characterized by much group interaction
and involvement - no paper reading here! The setting is away from the noise
and distractions of the city center, yet readily accessible to a major
airport. The development of true community spirit and warm friendships
is typical. Flexibility, as well as highly interactive sessions in relatively
small groups help assure the satisfaction of individual needs. These characteristics
of the annual conference are highly prized by our members.
An annual membership directory and networking guide identifies those who
share your experiences, needs, and interests.
A newsletter from the POD Network President not only communicates POD business,
but also informs you of other professional development opportunities.
An annual sourcebook entitled To Improve the Academy offers you
a range of materials on teaching and learning written by POD members. Some
articles present theoretical perspectives and experimental insights; others
describe programs and approaches; still others offer practical strategies
and workshop materials.
A Handbook for New Practitioners gives you concrete, practical "how
to" guidance for accomplishing developmental tasks effectively. Also written
by members and covering the gamut of development activities, the Handbook
is periodically updated and revised.
A research program allows POD to award seed money each year to members
with good ideas and limited financial resources. Results of this work are
ultimately reported at the annual conference or in the pages of To Improve
Occasional publications such as the Bright Ideas Network, a collection
of innovative ideas generated by members at the annual conference that
have improved the quality of teaching and learning. The success of these
conference exercises has resulted in an annual Bright Idea Award program
at the conference and the publication of the ideas generated in the Bright