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

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SLN SOLsummit 2009 presentation - by Carol McQuiggan and Larry Ragan …

SLN SOLsummit 2009 presentation - by Carol McQuiggan and Larry Ragan
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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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  • 1. Preparing to Teach Online as Transformative Faculty Development Carol McQuiggan Faculty Center for Teaching & Instructional Technology Penn State Harrisburg
  • 2. Context • Founded in 1966 • Enrolls 3900 students • Degrees from associate to doctorate • 185 full-time faculty • 122 part-time faculty
  • 3. Range of faculty experience Virtual worlds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Email Faculty Just beginning embracing to integrate online technology into education their teaching
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. “The only real voyage of discovery. . . consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes. . .” ~Marcel Proust
  • 11. Transition time! From Carol to Larry
  • 12. The C2 Faculty Development Model . . . a dedicated, skilled (competent) and confident faculty. Lawrence C. Ragan Director of Faculty Development
  • 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. Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space Competent and Confident Faculty Faculty Services & Systems
  • 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. Pro Dev Opportunities Develop a rich set of offerings that span all user levels Entry Moderate Advanced Advanced Entry level Moderate
  • 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. Research Projects that inform practice Strategies for Managing the Online Workload Competencies for Online Authoring & Teaching Success
  • 19. Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space Competent and Confident Faculty Professional Development Opportunities Faculty Research Services & Systems
  • 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. 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. 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. Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space Competent and Confident Faculty Professional Development Opportunities Faculty Research Services & Systems Community of Practice
  • 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. Student-centered, & engaged, Learning Space Competent and Confident Faculty Professional Development Opportunities Faculty Faculty Information Research Services Management & Systems System Community of Practice
  • 26. The learner benefits most from . . . a dedicated, skilled (competent) and confident faculty. Thank you!