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Key elements in successful online faculty developmentPresentation Transcript
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
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.
SLN - has built a University System-wide ALN Visit: http://SLN.suny.edu
Standard Student Services
Receive and Manage Revenue
Tuition, State Aid, Charge Backs, etc.
SLN Campus Responsibilities
SLN Background Growth in Online Courses
SLN Background Growth in Online Degree Programs & Certificates
SLN Background Growth in Enrollments
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. . . !
to the Kerrey Commission
ALN in the
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
! 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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Course Quality. . . 1. M odel 2. S upport 3. A pproaches 4. E valuation 5. Q uality
? Any questions ? Any questions
Thank you! Thank you! Alexandra M. Pickett [email_address] SLN.suny.edu/developer