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5 key elements in successful online faculty development. Large-scale.

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  • 1. Alexandra M. Pickett Associate Director SUNY Learning Network 2001, 200? And 200? recipients of the Sloan-C Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Development 5 key elements for success Best practices from Online Faculty Development
  • 2. Introduction This 3-hour workshop will give you the opportunity to:
    • Identify the top 10 challenges you face in developing, improving, or maintaining your faculty development program.
    • Clarify achievable goals that address your faculty development program needs.
    • Understand the 5 key elements in successful faculty development program design.
    • Explore strategies, tools, and processes developed for these purposes.
    Introduction
  • 3. Introduction
          • What models are there for online faculty development, course design, and training?
          • What key support roles are necessary?
          • What technology, tools, and approaches are necessary?
          • How do you evaluate and improve your program, your understanding of online teaching and learning, and your approaches?
          • How to you insure course quality ?
    Introduction
  • 4.
    • SLN Online Faculty Development:
      • Consistent quality - effective practices.
      • Large scale and unique vantage point.
      • Opportunity to influence and share best practices across the design of all courses.
      • Research.
      • SLN student satisfaction surveys: the most significant contributing factor to student satisfaction and reported learning is student/teacher interaction. Second is student to student interaction.
    SLN Background SLN Background
  • 5. SLN Background State University of New York
    • The single largest public university in the nation
    • 400,000 students
    • 30,000 + faculty
    • 64 Campuses
      • 4 University Centers
      • 5 Specialized Colleges
      • 2 Health Science Centers
      • 13 Arts & Sciences Colleges
      • 5 Colleges of Technology
      • 30 Community Colleges
  • 6. SLN Background Benefits of SLN !
    • Faculty Development and Training
    • Faculty Training Materials
    • Course Development Process
    • Instructional Design & Support Team – best practices
    • Campus-based MIDs – for ongoing local Faculty Support
    • Research/Data Collection/Analysis
    • Campus-based Academic Coordinator liaison
    • Policy Development
    • Marketing & Promotional Activities
    • Technical Infrastructure (Servers/Telecommunications)
    • Technical Support/7 x 24 Operational Support
    • HelpDesk/7 days a week
    • Central Inquiry Response Capacity
    • Common Student Registration Process
    • SUNY DL Web site
    • Assisting Registrars
    SLN - has built a University System-wide ALN Visit: http://SLN.suny.edu
  • 7. SLN Background
    • Academic Authority
      • Offer Courses
      • Grant Degree
      • Select Faculty
      • Academic Review
    • Standard Student Services
      • Enrollment Management
      • Financial Aid
      • Advisement
    • Receive and Manage Revenue
      • Tuition, State Aid, Charge Backs, etc.
    SLN Campus Responsibilities
  • 8. SLN Background Growth in Online Courses
  • 9. SLN Background Growth in Online Degree Programs & Certificates
  • 10. SLN Background Growth in Enrollments
  • 11. SLN Background
    • 2005 – 2006 academic year:
      • #s represent 90% of all SUNY’s totally online courses.
      • Services $47m in tuition (est.).
      • Consistently - 90+% student and faculty satisfaction.
      • Community Colleges account for 67% of student enrollments.
    SLN Today. . . !
      • SLN was
      • referenced
      • in testimony
      • to the Kerrey Commission
      • in Congress
      • as the
      • 2nd largest
      • ALN in the
      • country.
  • 12. SLN Awards 2000 EDUCAUSE Award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning 2001 Sloan-C award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Development 2002 Sloan-C award for Excellence in Institution-Wide ALN Programming 2003 Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Online Teaching 2006 USDLA 21st Century Best Practice Award - Online Technology - Higher Education SLN Awards
  • 13. ! SLN’s 5 key elements SLN’s 5 key elements What I have learned from working with over 3000 SUNY faculty, from 40+ SUNY institutions, and thousands of students since 1994. Model : Rapid Scale: This required that we develop a consistently applied and thoughtful faculty development process. Support : Large numbers: Successful online courses have effective designs and effective/prepared instructors. = Instructional designers, HD, templates. Approaches : Our philosophy: The pedagogy dog wags the technology tail NOT the other way around. Evaluation : Program evaluation and continuous improvements: Iterate! Best practices: what is working, why, what needs to be improved? Quality : Requires a comprehensive approach to training, support, resources, best practices, exemplars, community of practice, template/standards, formal course review/rubric. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  • 14. Key Elements
    • Peer lead trainers.
    • Interdisciplinary cohorts of faculty to build community of practice.
    • Access to experienced faculty, opportunities for inter/intra disciplinary networking, peer support/training.
    • Online course + f2f training + individual ID support.
    • Templates and wizard.
    • Exemplar courses for observation.
    • Training for returning faculty to improve course and teaching – community: to collect best practices and share research results.
    SLN Faculty Development, Course Design, Training. . . 1. M odel 2. S upport 3. A pproaches 4. E valuation 5. Q uality
  • 15.  
  • 16. Key Elements
    • Individual instructional design support - SLN MIDs
    • Technical HelpDesk support.
    • Resources and support in a variety of media.
    • Academic Coordinator community
    SLN Support. . . 1. M odel 2. S upport 3. A pproaches 4. E valuation 5. Q uality
  • 17. Key Elements
    • Communicate and be honest. Ask what others think. Ask for help.
    • Do what you say. Say what you do.
    • Robust, reliable, stable network & technology.
    • Faculty-driven course design-- pedagogy not imposed by the CMS application or the instructional designer.
    • Faculty must develop the course themselves.
    • Opportunities for participation in online courses or discussion.
    • Observation of live online courses.
    SLN Technology, tools, & approaches. . . 1. M odel 2. S upport 3. A pproaches 4. E valuation 5. Q uality
  • 18. Key Elements
    • Commit to the process. In a systematic regular way ask what is working and what can be improved? Use that info.
    • Observe, research, collect, and share best practices.
    • Longitudinal, systematic data collection and analysis --Nationally recognized scholarly work to back us up.
    • SLN teaching survey
    Evaluation & Continuous Improvement . . . 1. M odel 2. S upport 3. A pproaches 4. E valuation 5. Q uality
  • 19. Key Elements
    • Inform and influence course quality.
    • Wizard to scaffold faculty with an effective quick start course design.
    • Course templates/standards that makes technology and instructional design transparent.
    • Opportunities for reflection, evaluation, and revision.
    • Formal instructional design course reviews.
    • Training.
    Course Quality. . . 1. M odel 2. S upport 3. A pproaches 4. E valuation 5. Q uality
  • 20. ? Any questions ? Any questions
  • 21. Thank you! Thank you! Alexandra M. Pickett [email_address] SLN.suny.edu/developer