Effective Online Faculty Training


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Joint presentation from the University of Wyoming and Bowling Green State University.

Presenters: Christi Boggs, UW; Bruce Edwards, BGSU.

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    1. 1. 1Effective Online Faculty Development 1 Effective Online Faculty Development
    2. 2. 2Effective Online Faculty Development 2 But first, tell us something about you . . . •Institutional size, public/private, for profit/non- profit? •Depth of investment in distance learning? •Location of DL initiative? •Faculty profile — who is your audience? •Distinctive training needs •LMS of choice
    3. 3. 3Effective Online Faculty Development 3 Administering and Incentivizing Online Faculty Development Dr. Bruce L. Edwards Bowling Green State University <edwards@bgsu.edu> http://cobl.bgsu.edu 3
    4. 4. 4Effective Online Faculty Development 4 BGSU DL Development Timeline 1999-2000 — Campus Task Force commissioned to explore possibilities for online delivery of BGSU course work and programs 2000-01 — Building infrastructure and staffing, naming of associate dean for distance education, LMS move from WEBCT™ to Blackboard™, initial program identification & delivery 2002-04 — Developing inventory, approval policies, business plan; HLC-NCA report authored, visit from team, accreditation for all degree programs granted 2005-present — Continuous development and refinement of incentives policy, faculty training programs, expansion & diversity of online & blended programs, transition from Continuing Ed to Academic Affairs. 4
    5. 5. 5Effective Online Faculty Development 5 Effective Online Faculty Development Crucial Junctures in Development • Establishing DL operation base that is academically- driven (not primarily tech-driven) • Seeking low hanging fruit (BGSU examples: Advanced Technology Education; Liberal Studies) • Niche program forecasting, assessment of market, and development & staffing costs • Course inventory building – general education, key upper-division, graduate • Cultivating collaborative relationships between college(s) and program developers (admin., faculty, staff, IT) 3 5
    6. 6. 6Effective Online Faculty Development 6 Effective Online Faculty Development Key Questions for Faculty Development Planning @ BGSU  Target Audience(s): faculty & student  Delivery Mode(s) for instruction  Technology &/vs. Pedagogy  Implementing Quality Matters™ standards  Incentives for participation in development/instruction 6
    7. 7. 7Effective Online Faculty Development 7Effective Online Faculty Development Primary Goals of Online Faculty Development @ BGSU (1) • Modeling the instructor’s role in an online classroom by simulating an immersive student experience during the training • Differentiating course development goals: • Replication — Goal: identical as possible to F2F classroom • Commensuration — Goal: equivalency • Maximization — Goal: exploitation of new medium • Distinguishing LMS “training” from true pedagogical instruction • Promoting/demo-ing multiple forms of assessment and evaluation uniquely available in online media 7
    8. 8. 8Effective Online Faculty Development 8 • Cataloguing and demonstrating the diverse learner style and suggest appropriate adaptive strategies to monitor and facilitate students’ online learning • Identifying and applying effective strategies for facilitating and assessing online interaction and transactional discourse between peers and between students/faculty • Developing repertoire of appropriate classroom strategies to promote active learning (using basic LMS, other stand alone online tools, QM design principles, etc.) • Addressing effective time management skills and workload expectations related to teaching effectively online Primary Goals of Online Faculty Development @ BGSU (2) Effective Online Faculty Development 8
    9. 9. 9Effective Online Faculty Development 9 Effective Online Faculty Development BGSU Incentives Policy in a Nutshell • Incentives apply to program-based development not single courses • Faculty receive up to $2000 per course developed • Faculty receive $1000 bonus per course taught, each time it is taught • Prior to 2009, colleges & departments also received a bonus of $500 and $750 respectively per course. • Dept. chairs received reimbursement for any temporary hire needed to replace faculty member on DL assignment. • Training program and “certification” now mandatory. 3 9
    10. 10. 10Effective Online Faculty Development 10 CODA: Reflections on BGSU Faculty Development • Since 2005, Bowling Green State University has offered faculty development course work for online pedagogy and strategic use of Web 2.0 tech tools in a fully-online format. • More than 400 part- and full-time faculty have completed the course designed to be both comprehensive and compact. 10Effective Online Faculty Development
    11. 11. 11Effective Online Faculty Development 11 Outcomes • Over the past three years, BGSU has collaborated with staff among several two-year and private colleges in Ohio to continue to refine, extend, promote, and share faculty development opportunities that enrich faculty experience and grow expertise in the region. • This has had the desired effect of growing partnerships and articulation agreements that advantage distance learners in this region as well as developing a cooperative of well-trained faculty who can respond to staffing needs throughout the state. 11Effective Online Faculty Development
    12. 12. 12Effective Online Faculty Development 12 Ongoing Challenges • Maintaining currency: platforms, tools, rising expectations, staff development • Training vs. retraining: overcoming faculty reluctance to refresh knowledge • “Quality” battles: addressing the campus climate • Budget shrinkage for incentives and basic operating expenses and staffing 12Effective Online Faculty Development For more info: http://cobl.bgsu.edu http://online.bgsu.edu
    13. 13. 13Effective Online Faculty Development T I E Technology Instructional Enhancements Outreach Credit Programs Outreach School University of Wyoming
    14. 14. 14Effective Online Faculty Development Identify, explore and evaluate new technologies and their application to teaching and learning. Purpose
    15. 15. 15Effective Online Faculty Development Process • Encourage faculty innovation • Support faculty in this innovation • Develop “Best Practice” models • Evaluate innovations
    16. 16. 16Effective Online Faculty Development Projects • Web Conferencing • Streaming Video • Podcasting • Advanced technologies Outreach faculty were invited by instructional designers to participate in one of the development program projects
    17. 17. 17Effective Online Faculty Development Incentives • Monetary, material, and support incentives • Varying monetary stipends, depending on level of participation • “Tech toy” of voice recorder or Flip Video
    18. 18. 18Effective Online Faculty Development Commitments from faculty •Participate in training •Assess outcomes •Present on experience •Revise class design •Use it ! from UW Outreach •Monetary stipend •“Tech toy” •Software & hardware •Training •Instructional design •Technical support
    19. 19. 19Effective Online Faculty Development What motivated you to participate in this TIE Development Program? • Monetary stipend • “Tech Toy” • Provision of hardware and software • Instructional training, design, and support from OCP instructional designer • Interest to expand teaching skills • Desire to use this technology for specific teaching and learning activities in this class
    20. 20. 20Effective Online Faculty Development Faculty Motivations Most important
    21. 21. 21Effective Online Faculty Development
    22. 22. 22Effective Online Faculty Development Conclusions • Technology adoption extends beyond TIE • e-volution Tech Forum success • Evidence for continuing Elluminate • Greater understanding of faculty motivations • Demonstrated “what we do.” (internal marketing) • Institutionalizes the exception as the standard
    23. 23. 23Effective Online Faculty Development Thanks for your time! • Dr. Christi Boggs, cboggs@uwyo.edu Outreach Credit Programs 307-766-4300 http://www.uwyo.edu/TIE