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Professional Development For Community College Teachers

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Innovative Partnerships

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Two Year College Division

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11.1029.1 - 11.1029.11



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Theodore Branoff North Carolina State University

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Ted is an associate professor of Graphic Communications at North Carolina State University and has been an ASEE member since 1987. He has taught courses in introductory engineering graphics, computer-aided design, descriptive geometry, instructional design and course design. Ted has a bachelor of science in Technical Education, a master of science in Occupational Education, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. His current academic interests include spatial visualization ability, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, constraint-based modeling, graphics education, and online instruction.

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Pooneh Lari North Carolina State University

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Ms. Lari is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Adult and Higher Education. She holds a masters degree in Instructional Technology with professional experience as Training/Instructional Design consultant. She serves as research associate/program support on this project.

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Michelle Hsiang Research Triangle Institute

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Dr. Hsiang's background is in Instructional Technology. She is an adjunct faculty member at North Carolina Central University and has taught courses in Instructional Materials Design and Evaluation and Classroom Utilization of Instructional Technologies. She serves as an
External Evaluator for this project.

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Professional Development for Community College Teachers: Year Two Data from an Online Graduate Certificate Program in Community College Teaching

Introduction and Project Overview

The departments of Adult and Higher Educations (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 (project #0302839). The cohort-based 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. The program is currently in its third year with the first cohort of community college teachers from North Carolina and South Carolina completing their fifth course. A second cohort began in the fall of 2005. 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 two 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 addition, courses in the certificate program provide knowledge and skills useful for the design and delivery of content in distance, and in particular, web-based learning environments.

Branoff, T., & Lari, P., & Hsiang, M. (2006, June), Professional Development For Community College Teachers Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--186

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