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TECS-TRAIN – A Faculty Mentoring Program for Enhancing Quality, Interaction, and Communication in Online and Blended Learning CoursesAbstract“TECS-TRAIN” is a faculty peer mentoring program that was developed for the purpose ofadvancing standards of excellence and improving learning outcomes in all courses offered in theCollege of Technology and Computer Science (TECS) at XXX University. One of the majorreasons for developing TECS-TRAIN was an increasing emphasis on program standards and theneed to be well prepared for SACS reaffirmation of accreditation. This course is designed tohelp faculty correlate learning outcomes with university-wide and other discipline-specificstandards. We were particularly interested in improving collaboration, interaction, andcommunication in our courses.TECS-TRAIN was created by faculty for faculty and was designed to be a “living course” thatallows and encourages continuous improvement based on real life faculty experiences, as well asin step with technological developments. The course was first developed in the summer of 2011and is being refreshed each semester through completion of performance-based activities anddigital portfolios by faculty mentees completing the course and becoming certified as “TECS-TRAIN Mentors.” The course is “living” or regenerative because of the active involvement offaculty Mentor/Mentor teams completing learning portfolios and adding content based onnew/emerging technologies, as well as anecdotes based on their experiences and practice.During the development phase, an External Review Panel of Experts was established to validatethe course content and structure. In the spring of 2012 this panel reviewed the course andprovided feedback that was used for refinement. The course was implemented in the summer of2012 with a resounding success. This paper will present background information and rationalefor creating the course, major components of the course, results from external review and firstimplementation of the course, and our experiences during both the development and initialimplementation phases.
Chou, T., & DuVall, J. B., & Panthi, K., & Mohammed, T. (2013, June), TECS-TRAIN – A Faculty Mentoring Program for Enhancing Quality, Interaction, and Communication in Online and Blended Learning Courses Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22547
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