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Piloting a Faculty Institute for Online Teaching

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Studies in Faculty Development

Tagged Division

Continuing Professional Development

Page Count

24

DOI

10.18260/1-2--28744

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https://peer.asee.org/28744

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Caitlin Ashley Keller Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Caitlin Keller is the Instructional Designer for Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her primary role involves partnering with teaching faculty to create and develop courses in the online, blended, and face-to-face environments. Caitlin serves as the designer, facilitator, and instructional design consultant for the Faculty Institute for Online Teaching program. Caitlin holds a Master of Science degree in Learning Technologies and Instructional Design from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Lebanon Valley College.

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Stacy L. Chiaramonte Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Stacy Chiaramonte is the Director of Operations and Online Learning for WPI’s Corporate and Professional Education (CPE) division. Stacy is directly responsible for online strategy, program development, logistics and operations for WPI Online, as well as the logistics and operations for numerous corporate graduate programs. During Stacy’s tenure, WPI Online has doubled the number of programs and enrolled students while increasing student support and quality. Stacy holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a MBA from Babson College.

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Beth Wilson Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Dr. Beth Wilson earned her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is co-chair for the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Systems Security Working Group and is an INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP). Dr. Wilson is retired from Raytheon where she worked for 33 years as a design engineer, program manager, research scientist, functional manager, and test director on sonar, satellite, and radar programs.

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Kate Beverage Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Kate's primary responsibility is to lead the Academic Technology Center's outreach efforts to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute community with regards to the use of instructional technologies in teaching and learning. Kate also collaborates with academic departments concerning the policies, planning, and management of e-learning and blended initiatives on campus.

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Rachel LeBlanc Worcester PoIytechnic Institute

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Rachel LeBlanc is the Executive Director of Corporate and Professional Education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She manages the portfolio of non-traditional academic programs for the University including online programs, corporate education, and professional education. Rachel has over fourteen years of experience working with faculty and industry experts to create education solutions to meet business needs. She manages a variety of functional areas including business development, marketing, product development, and operations. Throughout her career, Rachel and her team have provided education solutions for several industries including defense, life science, high-tech, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and construction. Rachel currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and AUVSI New England. Rachel has a B.S. and M.S. in the life sciences, as well as an M.B.A.

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Terri A. Camesano Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Professor Camesano is Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Jody Reis Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Jody Reis is a Senior Program Manager, Online Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Corporate and Professional Education Department. Her division specializes in the learning needs of working professionals and is committed to helping working professionals achieve their educational goals. Jody has been with WPI since 2007. In her current role she is responsible for the overall student and faculty experience in WPI’s online education programs. Key aspects include managing the day-to-day operations, as well as working with the faculty and students, to enhance the quality of WPI’s educational online offerings for part-time and non-traditional students. This includes developing processes, initiatives, evaluation methods and operational procedures that affect successful online delivery. Additionally, she plays a key role in development of the faculty and student support services required for a successful online program. Jody graduated from Ithaca College in 2004 with a degree in Business Administration. In 2011, she earned her Master of Science in Marketing and Innovation from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Abstract

As an institution, we have been delivering distance education for decades and internet-based courses for 15 years. This long history has been both beneficial and challenging. On the one hand, we have not been met with resistance to the idea of online education that many institutions have faced, because our faculty already had a history of participation. The faculty have been teaching online courses for many years and had developed their own individual methodology for how to best deliver these courses. On the other hand, as most of the knowledge came about empirically through faculty developing online teaching methods on an individual basis, we did not have formalized professional development opportunities for faculty who wanted to become engaged in online teaching or improve their current offerings. Much research has been done in the last several years to highlight the best practices in online learning. To better benefit from this research, we launched a pilot effort to create a Faculty Institute for Online Teaching. The goal of this effort is to inform the understanding of what it means to deliver a high-quality online experience to students from around the globe. These best practices include organization of courses and programs within the learning management system, designing lectures for online delivery, feedback timelines, student to faculty engagement, and peer to peer engagement. This Institute had 30 participants enrolled in the pilot, and 73% completed, resulting in 22 new or substantially modified online courses being delivered. This paper will describe the process, challenges, and initial results of a greater focus on providing faculty with professional development in online teaching.

Keller, C. A., & Chiaramonte, S. L., & Wilson, B., & Beverage, K., & LeBlanc, R., & Camesano, T. A., & Reis, J. (2017, June), Piloting a Faculty Institute for Online Teaching Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28744

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