June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Continuing Professional Development
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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