Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs


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  • An event, or series of events, causes us to question what we believe Dramatic, fundamental change in the way we see ourselves and our world Leads to a revised perspective – act in new and different way
  • Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs

    1. 1. Carol A. McQuiggan Sr. Instructional Designer The Faculty Center for Teaching & Instructional Technology Penn State Harrisburg The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? 15 th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Provide a context for Penn State Harrisburg’s Faculty Center </li></ul><ul><li>Look at “Faculty Professional Development: Preparing to Teach Online” </li></ul>
    3. 3. Context for Penn State Harrisburg <ul><li>Founded in 1966 </li></ul><ul><li>2570 undergraduates </li></ul><ul><li>1370 graduate students </li></ul><ul><li>Degrees from associate to doctorate </li></ul><ul><li>185 full-time faculty </li></ul><ul><li>122 part-time faculty </li></ul><ul><li>On 218 acres </li></ul>
    4. 4. Context for the Faculty Center <ul><li>Formed in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>2 instructional designers + 1 opening, 2 part-time staff assistants </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Advisory Board </li></ul><ul><li>Designing online courses and preparing faculty to teach online isn’t all we do! </li></ul>
    5. 5. Multiple Avenues to Online Teaching
    6. 6. As faculty are: <ul><li>Learning to use new technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Designing online courses </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing to teach online </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching online </li></ul>Opportunities to rethink teaching and learning Catalyst
    7. 7. Developing the model <ul><li>**Extensive** lit review </li></ul><ul><li>Examined every faculty development model that had been awarded the Sloan-C Excellence in ALN Faculty Development </li></ul><ul><li>Looked for attributes that support an adult learning theory framework </li></ul><ul><li>SUNY’s SLN rose to the top </li></ul>
    8. 8. Adult Learning Theory – Adults:
    9. 9. Transformative Learning Theory <ul><li>Process by which people are led to consider and question assumptions and beliefs that have previously been uncritically assimilated. </li></ul><ul><li>Perspectives and assumptions may be revised so as to be more open, permeable, and better justified. </li></ul><ul><li>(Cranton, 2009) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Individual meetings <ul><li>Tell me how you came to the field of teaching (their subject) in higher ed. </li></ul><ul><li>What are the events and experiences in your life that have made you the teacher you are today? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about your students. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about your teaching practices. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me how you feel about teaching online. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Reflection Journal Entry <ul><li>Reflect on your sharing of how you became a teacher, and what it’s like being a teacher. Thinking about what you shared about your students and current teaching practices, what do you expect to change in the move to online teaching and learning? </li></ul>
    12. 12. Getting Started
    13. 13. Module 1: Reflection & Conceptualization Module 2: Interaction & Collaboration
    14. 14. Module 3: Activities & Assessment Module 4: Teaching & Managing
    15. 15. Resources
    16. 16. Challenges <ul><li>Action research is messy! </li></ul><ul><li>Balance of structure & flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Timeframe </li></ul><ul><li>Scalability </li></ul>
    17. 17. An opportunity for transformation <ul><li>The only real voyage of discovery. . . consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes. . . </li></ul><ul><li>~ Marcel Proust </li></ul>
    18. 18. What are your questions? <ul><li>Connect with me: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Skype: carol.mcquiggan </li></ul>15 th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning