What if every online instructor met acertain level of competency before teaching online?
A state wide faculty development initiative will require unprecedented collaboration
The goal of ASOT1. To develop a standard competency among online faculty within the state2. To develop consistency among adjuncts3. To develop a cost effective method of training and assuring quality
Summary of Responses fromARBUG and ARDLA Members•It would be better if the certificate was promoted and administered through ARDLA and orARBUG.•Development, promotion, oversight, etc., by ARDLA and/or ARBUG•Determine if it is to be credit or non-credit professional development (if it’s a creditprogram it would have to be approved by ADHE)•MOU/written agreement among the institutions planning to participate by offering coursesand/or enrolling employees in the training•Don’t use “certificate or certification” in the title since it could easily be confused withteacher licensure.
Summary of Responses fromARBUG and ARDLA Members cont.•The program should be rigorous•Some Arkansas state colleges are members of Quality Matters•The training should not be mandated•The training should not be platform specific•Nobody wants to re-invent the wheel•Some schools have in place or are developing their own in house certifications•Make it a K20 certification•Offer the certification as a consortium effort
Summary of Responses fromARBUG and ARDLA Members cont.•Model the certification after Wisconsin-Madison•K12 needs the training as much as higher ed•The more institutions that get involved the bigger the impact•Develop a state-wide consortia agreement with Quality Matters•The group should review the Sloan Consortium•Developing our own initiative in state could save institutions money•Faculty need to also be involved in reviewing and developing the model
Proposed timeline Year 1Train the trainers by developing a standard of training for trainers within the state
Proposed timeline Year 2Participating campus trainers train their faculty
Steps1. identify standards for training2. determine length of training3. determine commitment necessary from participating organizations4. determine appropriate knowledge transfer method for trainers