Preparing to Teach Online
as Transformative Faculty
Development

Carol McQuiggan
Faculty Center for Teaching &
Instruction...
Context
• Founded in 1966
• Enrolls 3900
  students
• Degrees from
  associate to
  doctorate
• 185 full-time faculty
• 12...
Range of faculty experience


   Virtual worlds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Email




Faculty                        ...
Teaching online – what changes?
• Loss of face-to-face contact
• Extensive planning
• Attention to detail
• Amount of adva...
Professional development to
prepare faculty to teach online
• Recognized need
• Many models, but no underlying theory
• Ma...
So what do we have so far?
• Faculty professional development
  models with no apparent underlying
  theory
• Faculty who ...
Faculty professional development
that:
• Recognizes faculty as adult
  learners, and faculty development
  as adult educat...
Adult learners:              Question
  Consider prior           assumptions &
   knowledge,            beliefs: Reflectio...
Preparing to teach online as
catalyst for change
• Professional development for faculty
  preparing to teach online presen...
“The only real voyage of
discovery. . . consists not in
seeing new landscapes but in
having new eyes. . .”
               ...
Transition time!

From Carol to Larry
The C2 Faculty Development Model . . .



         a dedicated, skilled
   (competent) and confident
                     ...
Desired Outcome of Fac Dev
            Program
Goals:
• Develop and support a dedicated, skilled
  (competent) and confide...
Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space

     Competent and Confident Faculty




                 Faculty
           ...
Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space

        Competent and Confident Faculty

         Professional Development
  ...
Pro Dev Opportunities
Develop a rich set of offerings that span all
user levels




      Entry         Moderate   Advance...
Pro Dev Opportunities
Develop a rich set of offerings that span all
user levels

        OL 2000        OL 2500
          ...
Research Projects that inform
          practice
Strategies for Managing the Online
             Workload




            ...
Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space

     Competent and Confident Faculty

      Professional Development
        ...
Community/culture of Practice (1)
• Create and support Faculty Advisory/Input
  Group
  – Serve as sounding/input board
  ...
Community/culture of Practice (2)
• Establish a culture of excellence in practice
  and scholarship
   – Support annual “f...
PSU Faculty Development HUB
                System and Services
                • Access to fac dev
                  cale...
Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space

     Competent and Confident Faculty

      Professional Development
        ...
Faculty Info Management System
• Goal: Create seamless mechanism for
  tracking and managing information on WC
  faculty
•...
Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space

        Competent and Confident Faculty

         Professional Development
  ...
The learner benefits most from . . .



          a dedicated, skilled
    (competent) and confident
                     ...
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SLN SOLsummit 2009 presentation - by Carol McQuiggan and Larry Ragan
http://slnsolsummit2009.edublogs.org
This session will highlight the faculty development design and approach in order to serve the needs of the faculty participating in course delivery via the Penn State World Campus.

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Carol McQuiggan and Larry Ragan's Faculty Development: Learning and Growing!

  1. 1. Preparing to Teach Online as Transformative Faculty Development Carol McQuiggan Faculty Center for Teaching & Instructional Technology Penn State Harrisburg
  2. 2. Context • Founded in 1966 • Enrolls 3900 students • Degrees from associate to doctorate • 185 full-time faculty • 122 part-time faculty
  3. 3. Range of faculty experience Virtual worlds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Email Faculty Just beginning embracing to integrate online technology into education their teaching
  4. 4. Teaching online – what changes? • Loss of face-to-face contact • Extensive planning • Attention to detail • Amount of advance preparation/organization • Shift in instruction • New roles
  5. 5. Professional development to prepare faculty to teach online • Recognized need • Many models, but no underlying theory • Mandatory > Voluntary • Many competencies applicable to face- to-face teaching • Hmmm. . .
  6. 6. So what do we have so far? • Faculty professional development models with no apparent underlying theory • Faculty who teach as they were taught, leading to. . . • Unquestioned assumptions and beliefs about teaching (and students) • Competencies and tools that are applicable to F2F teaching without an explicit connection
  7. 7. Faculty professional development that: • Recognizes faculty as adult learners, and faculty development as adult education • Intentionally facilitates the questioning of assumptions and beliefs about teaching • Intentionally informs F2F teaching practices
  8. 8. Adult learners: Question Consider prior assumptions & knowledge, beliefs: Reflection; experiences; Metaphors; Ask Uniqueness; questions that probe; Context; NOT one- Write teaching size-fits-all philosophies Intentionally inform F2F teaching practices: How could you use this teaching strategy/tool in your F2F classes?
  9. 9. Preparing to teach online as catalyst for change • Professional development for faculty preparing to teach online presents a unique opportunity to assess previously held assumptions and beliefs about teaching and to inform their F2F teaching practices – don’t pass up this opportunity!
  10. 10. “The only real voyage of discovery. . . consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes. . .” ~Marcel Proust
  11. 11. Transition time! From Carol to Larry
  12. 12. The C2 Faculty Development Model . . . a dedicated, skilled (competent) and confident faculty. Lawrence C. Ragan Director of Faculty Development
  13. 13. Desired Outcome of Fac Dev Program Goals: • Develop and support a dedicated, skilled (competent) and confident faculty to address the instructional needs of learners served through the World Campus. Evidence of Success: • Student satisfaction (reduced complaints) • Student enrollments maintain/grow • Faculty satisfaction with experience • Increased faculty value of participating in WC programs
  14. 14. Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space Competent and Confident Faculty Faculty Services & Systems
  15. 15. Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space Competent and Confident Faculty Professional Development Opportunities Faculty Faculty Information Research Services Management & Systems System Community of Practice
  16. 16. Pro Dev Opportunities Develop a rich set of offerings that span all user levels Entry Moderate Advanced Advanced Entry level Moderate
  17. 17. Pro Dev Opportunities Develop a rich set of offerings that span all user levels OL 2000 OL 2500 OL 3000: Just2It! OL 1000 Online Issues Forums Orientation to OL Sloan-C College Pass Entry Moderate Advanced Advanced Entry level Moderate
  18. 18. Research Projects that inform practice Strategies for Managing the Online Workload Competencies for Online Authoring & Teaching Success
  19. 19. Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space Competent and Confident Faculty Professional Development Opportunities Faculty Research Services & Systems
  20. 20. Community/culture of Practice (1) • Create and support Faculty Advisory/Input Group – Serve as sounding/input board – Define needs of various audiences – Identify and address variety of barriers – Generate and manage “special projects” – Create linkage to Faculty Senate • Address University policy of reward and recognition statutes
  21. 21. Community/culture of Practice (2) • Establish a culture of excellence in practice and scholarship – Support annual “faculty fellow” – Support research initiatives (grant driven) – Support scholarship (including publications) in online teaching and learning and specific discipline • Establish Faculty Mentor program
  22. 22. PSU Faculty Development HUB System and Services • Access to fac dev calendar of events • Access to resources such as templates and tools • Access to research • Access to faculty community • FAQs • Course demos • Other external links
  23. 23. Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space Competent and Confident Faculty Professional Development Opportunities Faculty Research Services & Systems Community of Practice
  24. 24. Faculty Info Management System • Goal: Create seamless mechanism for tracking and managing information on WC faculty • Enable targeted mailings for programming • Enable personalized faculty development planning • Match systems and services to faculty needs via program participation
  25. 25. Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space Competent and Confident Faculty Professional Development Opportunities Faculty Faculty Information Research Services Management & Systems System Community of Practice
  26. 26. The learner benefits most from . . . a dedicated, skilled (competent) and confident faculty. Thank you!
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