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Effective Online Faculty Training

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Joint presentation from the University of Wyoming and Bowling Green State University. …

Joint presentation from the University of Wyoming and Bowling Green State University.

Presenters: Christi Boggs, UW; Bruce Edwards, BGSU.

Published in: Technology, Education

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    • 1. 1Effective Online Faculty Development 1 Effective Online Faculty Development
    • 2. 2Effective Online Faculty Development 2 But first, tell us something about you . . . •Institutional size, public/private, for profit/non- profit? •Depth of investment in distance learning? •Location of DL initiative? •Faculty profile — who is your audience? •Distinctive training needs •LMS of choice
    • 3. 3Effective Online Faculty Development 3 Administering and Incentivizing Online Faculty Development Dr. Bruce L. Edwards Bowling Green State University <edwards@bgsu.edu> http://cobl.bgsu.edu 3
    • 4. 4Effective Online Faculty Development 4 BGSU DL Development Timeline 1999-2000 — Campus Task Force commissioned to explore possibilities for online delivery of BGSU course work and programs 2000-01 — Building infrastructure and staffing, naming of associate dean for distance education, LMS move from WEBCT™ to Blackboard™, initial program identification & delivery 2002-04 — Developing inventory, approval policies, business plan; HLC-NCA report authored, visit from team, accreditation for all degree programs granted 2005-present — Continuous development and refinement of incentives policy, faculty training programs, expansion & diversity of online & blended programs, transition from Continuing Ed to Academic Affairs. 4
    • 5. 5Effective Online Faculty Development 5 Effective Online Faculty Development Crucial Junctures in Development • Establishing DL operation base that is academically- driven (not primarily tech-driven) • Seeking low hanging fruit (BGSU examples: Advanced Technology Education; Liberal Studies) • Niche program forecasting, assessment of market, and development & staffing costs • Course inventory building – general education, key upper-division, graduate • Cultivating collaborative relationships between college(s) and program developers (admin., faculty, staff, IT) 3 5
    • 6. 6Effective Online Faculty Development 6 Effective Online Faculty Development Key Questions for Faculty Development Planning @ BGSU  Target Audience(s): faculty & student  Delivery Mode(s) for instruction  Technology &/vs. Pedagogy  Implementing Quality Matters™ standards  Incentives for participation in development/instruction 6
    • 7. 7Effective Online Faculty Development 7Effective Online Faculty Development Primary Goals of Online Faculty Development @ BGSU (1) • Modeling the instructor’s role in an online classroom by simulating an immersive student experience during the training • Differentiating course development goals: • Replication — Goal: identical as possible to F2F classroom • Commensuration — Goal: equivalency • Maximization — Goal: exploitation of new medium • Distinguishing LMS “training” from true pedagogical instruction • Promoting/demo-ing multiple forms of assessment and evaluation uniquely available in online media 7
    • 8. 8Effective Online Faculty Development 8 • Cataloguing and demonstrating the diverse learner style and suggest appropriate adaptive strategies to monitor and facilitate students’ online learning • Identifying and applying effective strategies for facilitating and assessing online interaction and transactional discourse between peers and between students/faculty • Developing repertoire of appropriate classroom strategies to promote active learning (using basic LMS, other stand alone online tools, QM design principles, etc.) • Addressing effective time management skills and workload expectations related to teaching effectively online Primary Goals of Online Faculty Development @ BGSU (2) Effective Online Faculty Development 8
    • 9. 9Effective Online Faculty Development 9 Effective Online Faculty Development BGSU Incentives Policy in a Nutshell • Incentives apply to program-based development not single courses • Faculty receive up to $2000 per course developed • Faculty receive $1000 bonus per course taught, each time it is taught • Prior to 2009, colleges & departments also received a bonus of $500 and $750 respectively per course. • Dept. chairs received reimbursement for any temporary hire needed to replace faculty member on DL assignment. • Training program and “certification” now mandatory. 3 9
    • 10. 10Effective Online Faculty Development 10 CODA: Reflections on BGSU Faculty Development • Since 2005, Bowling Green State University has offered faculty development course work for online pedagogy and strategic use of Web 2.0 tech tools in a fully-online format. • More than 400 part- and full-time faculty have completed the course designed to be both comprehensive and compact. 10Effective Online Faculty Development
    • 11. 11Effective Online Faculty Development 11 Outcomes • Over the past three years, BGSU has collaborated with staff among several two-year and private colleges in Ohio to continue to refine, extend, promote, and share faculty development opportunities that enrich faculty experience and grow expertise in the region. • This has had the desired effect of growing partnerships and articulation agreements that advantage distance learners in this region as well as developing a cooperative of well-trained faculty who can respond to staffing needs throughout the state. 11Effective Online Faculty Development
    • 12. 12Effective Online Faculty Development 12 Ongoing Challenges • Maintaining currency: platforms, tools, rising expectations, staff development • Training vs. retraining: overcoming faculty reluctance to refresh knowledge • “Quality” battles: addressing the campus climate • Budget shrinkage for incentives and basic operating expenses and staffing 12Effective Online Faculty Development For more info: http://cobl.bgsu.edu http://online.bgsu.edu
    • 13. 13Effective Online Faculty Development T I E Technology Instructional Enhancements Outreach Credit Programs Outreach School University of Wyoming
    • 14. 14Effective Online Faculty Development Identify, explore and evaluate new technologies and their application to teaching and learning. Purpose
    • 15. 15Effective Online Faculty Development Process • Encourage faculty innovation • Support faculty in this innovation • Develop “Best Practice” models • Evaluate innovations
    • 16. 16Effective Online Faculty Development Projects • Web Conferencing • Streaming Video • Podcasting • Advanced technologies Outreach faculty were invited by instructional designers to participate in one of the development program projects
    • 17. 17Effective Online Faculty Development Incentives • Monetary, material, and support incentives • Varying monetary stipends, depending on level of participation • “Tech toy” of voice recorder or Flip Video
    • 18. 18Effective Online Faculty Development Commitments from faculty •Participate in training •Assess outcomes •Present on experience •Revise class design •Use it ! from UW Outreach •Monetary stipend •“Tech toy” •Software & hardware •Training •Instructional design •Technical support
    • 19. 19Effective Online Faculty Development What motivated you to participate in this TIE Development Program? • Monetary stipend • “Tech Toy” • Provision of hardware and software • Instructional training, design, and support from OCP instructional designer • Interest to expand teaching skills • Desire to use this technology for specific teaching and learning activities in this class
    • 20. 20Effective Online Faculty Development Faculty Motivations Most important
    • 21. 21Effective Online Faculty Development
    • 22. 22Effective Online Faculty Development Conclusions • Technology adoption extends beyond TIE • e-volution Tech Forum success • Evidence for continuing Elluminate • Greater understanding of faculty motivations • Demonstrated “what we do.” (internal marketing) • Institutionalizes the exception as the standard
    • 23. 23Effective Online Faculty Development Thanks for your time! • Dr. Christi Boggs, cboggs@uwyo.edu Outreach Credit Programs 307-766-4300 http://www.uwyo.edu/TIE