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Community College Teacher Professional Development

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Two Year Colleges

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Two Year College Division

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12.377.1 - 12.377.9



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Theodore Branoff North Carolina State University

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Ted Branoff is an associate professor of Graphic Communications in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education at North Carolina State University. A member of ASEE since 1987, Ted is currently the chair of the Engineering Design Graphics Division of ASEE. His research interests include spatial visualization in undergraduate students and the effects of online instruction for preparing community college educators.

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Duane Akroyd North Carolina State University

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Duane Akroyd is a professor in the Department of Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University. Duane is currently the PI on an NSF grant to provide online faculty development for community college STEM faculty. His research interests include factors that impact community colleges faculty view of their jobs.

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Community College Teacher Professional Development: Year Three Data from an Online Graduate Certificate Program in Community College Teaching

Introduction and Project Overview

The departments of Adult and Higher Education (AHE) and Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) within the College of Education at North Carolina State University developed an NSF supported graduate certificate program in Community College Teaching. The program has focused on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to design and deliver course-related content through technology-enhanced learning environments for faculty who teach in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) related areas. The courses developed for the graduate certificate enhance faculty abilities in both online and classroom environments. Current community college teachers from North Carolina and South Carolina have been recruited into the program. The project meets the broader goals of the NSF- Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program by institutionalizing the means by which working professionals can be recruited to fill shortages in community college faculty teaching positions in STEM fields. It also provides a means whereby current community college faculty can upgrade their instructional skills.

Project Goals

The key goal for the online Community College Teaching certificate program is to provide high quality content and instruction for the systematic development of instructional expertise for regional community college instructors. Questions addressed during the first three years are:

1. Does the program meet the educational needs of adult and distance learners from diverse backgrounds and cultures? 2. Does the Program develop and enhance knowledge and skills for understanding the diverse ways and settings in which adults learn? 3. Does the Program prepare individuals and enhance instructors’ abilities to research, design, implement, and evaluate distance learning and classroom instruction?

Core Courses

The first three courses provide an introduction to instructional techniques and technologies as well as lay a foundation for further program options. These courses represent conceptual and technological content that provide learners with knowledge and skills necessary for conducting a variety of approaches to teaching while emphasizing the use of technology in instruction. In

Branoff, T., & Akroyd, D. (2007, June), Community College Teacher Professional Development Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1743

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