Faculty Self-Assessment: Preparing to Teach Online

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Faculty Self-Assessment: Preparing to Teach Online

  1. 1. Carol McQuiggan, Penn State University-Harrisburg Lisa Byrnes, Penn State University Linda Futch, University of Central Florida Larry Ragan, Penn State University The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
  2. 2. •  Background •  Changes •  Pilot Project Results •  Current Status •  Discussion The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
  3. 3. •  Identified core competencies for online instructors o  Baseline technical, teaching, organization, and communication skills •  Promote eLearning through a faculty self- assessment tool o  Determine their readiness for online teaching o  Link them to appropriate resources to fill in the identified gaps The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
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  8. 8. •  Complete analysis of pilot project feedback •  Add citations/links to recommended resources •  Programmer to make recommended changes •  Complete Creative Commons license •  Add to Penn State Online website •  Add to Sloan-C website •  Tool will remain online for one more week at https://online.ist.psu.edu/facultySelfAssess/ The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
  9. 9. 1. Have you ever taught online? Yes 80 responses 66.1% No 41 responses 33.9% 2. How did you find using the self-assessment tool? Easy 103 85.8% Neither easy nor difficult 14 11.7% Difficult 3 2.5% The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
  10. 10. 3. Which aspects of the self-assessment tool did you find most difficult to use? •  Scrolling •  Answer options •  Contrast The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
  11. 11. 4. Were there any questions that were unclear? •  All were clear (67) •  Would like to see more or different choices (13) •  Responses needed a middle ground as a choice •  Publisher resources (4) •  1st question led in a certain direction The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
  12. 12. 5. Which question/response provided you with the MOST valuable feedback and why? •  All helpful (21) •  Time management (14) •  Planning & organization (8) The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
  13. 13. 6. Which question/response provided you with the LEAST valuable feedback and why? •  None (15) •  Computer technology (7) •  Time management (6) •  Personality (5) •  Organization (5) The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
  14. 14. 7. Are there other elements of online teaching that you felt are missing from the tool? •  Support o  Institutional - technical, training, library o  Program/dept - shared resources •  Assessment/feedback •  Community/discussion facilitation •  Material preparation The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
  15. 15. 8. Which one of the following actions would be most valuable to you after completing the self-assessment? Receiving a score to reflect level of preparedness to teach online 40, 35.4% Emailing the results to myself 30, 26.5% Printing the results 19, 16.8% Saving the results 17, 15.0% Emailing the results to someone else for reflection and consultation 7, 6.2% The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
  16. 16. 9. Did you find the results supported your general personal feelings of your readiness to teach online? The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
  17. 17. 10. Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your experience with the self-assessment tool? The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
  18. 18. •  Distribution of handouts •  In small groups of 4 or 5, review issue identified in the pilot feedback •  One person from each small group record points of discussion on paper •  Reconvene with sharing of major points The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
  19. 19. Discussion Points 1. Which questions do you feel need DIFFERENT choices? Which questions need MORE choices? ("Other" as a choice is not an option since it cannot be scored.) 2. What needs a definition (e.g., publisher resources)? 3. Where is a language adjustment needed, especially in the feedback? (e.g., "You're a pro!")
  20. 20. •  The tool will remain online for another week https://online.ist.psu.edu/facultySelfAssess/ •  Post resources to del.icio.us using tag of facprofdev •  Additional comments/suggestions? cam240@psu.edu The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning

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