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OnlineInstructorProfessionalDevelopmentfor aContinuingStudies Unit
OverviewIntroductionBackgroundPlanning and developmentThe workshopDebrief and revisionsRound 2Moving forward
IntroductionContinuing Studies, University of VictoriaProfessional programsSubject matter specialistsAdult learners at a distance
BackgroundContract subject matter specialistsSome have never taught before5 Program units, many different programsdelivered by eachNo collective ProD for online instructorsPast program-related ProD has beenintermittent and not been sustained
Planning and DevelopmentThe ideaOut of website development andinterviews with instructorsThe proposalFunding requestDiscussions with staff
Planning and DevelopmentThe planInvite instructors to tell us what theywant to knowChoose a topic (creating communityonline)Hire a facilitatorPlan the session around a model forcreating community
The WorkshopInvited instructors to register for workshop(s)First one, November, 201217 instructors and 4 program coordinators aswell as DE colleaguesMix of presentation and discussion (largegroup and small group)Send all participants a book as a “reward”
Debrief right after session (discussion withplanners and facilitator)Reviewed notes from sessionMeeting with colleagues for suggestionsfor revisionsFlow and timing needed to be adjustedReworked discussion questionsDebrief and Revisions
Round 2March, 201313 instructors and 3 program coordinatorsMuch improved!
Moving ForwardFinal debriefAsked for input from participantsConsidering second topic and will runanother survey to confirm
Concluding RemarksInvolve appropriate parties2 hour session seemed to workGroup discussion worked wellIt was encouraging to see that instructorswere interested and engaged!