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  1. 1. Online Faculty as Adult Learners Faculty Development that Works Suzanne G. James, Ph.D. David Binder, MBA
  2. 2. Rapid Growth of Online Learning <ul><li>2008 Sloan survey: 12% increase in online education over the past year </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing need for effective faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable and effective training is rare (Ko and Stevens, 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Nature of current training varies from </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No formal training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Platform based training only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Few address faculty as adult learners </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. Principles of Adult Learning <ul><li>Active involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Regular feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporation of life experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Relevancy </li></ul><ul><li>Application immediacy </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of a social environment </li></ul>
  4. 5. The Walden University Model <ul><li>Over 400 faculty employed in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty are addressed as adult learners through faculty development stressing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application immediacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supportive environment and community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflective practice </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. The Walden Model – Part One <ul><li>New Faculty Orientation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A four week course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty are introduced to the history, mission, values, goals and educational philosophy of Walden </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty participate as students as they collaborate on assignments and participate in discussions and reflective practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A sense of community is fostered </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. The Walden Model – Mentoring <ul><li>Lead faculty member in each course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An expert in subject matter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An experienced teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understands the online modality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Holds periodic phone conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotes sharing of experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides positive feedback and coaching </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. The Walden Model – Post NFO training <ul><li>A second four week course </li></ul><ul><li>Designed on adult learning principles </li></ul><ul><li>Provides opportunities for faculty to interact </li></ul><ul><li>Course must be successfully completed before a faculty member can serve as a doctoral committee chair </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty participate in teams to evaluate sample capstone papers </li></ul>
  8. 9. The Walden Model – Monthly Faculty Meetings <ul><li>Evening toll-free telephone meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Both full-time and part-time faculty participate </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance not required but encouraged </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty suggest agenda items </li></ul><ul><li>Goal of meetings is to foster a sense of belonging and community, to provide mentoring from experienced faculty, and to provide opportunities to collaborate </li></ul>
  9. 10. The Walden Model – Monthly Newsletter <ul><li>Electronic newsletter called </li></ul><ul><li>The Q and A </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses FAQs sent by </li></ul><ul><li>faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Responses have been very </li></ul><ul><li>positive </li></ul><ul><li>Contributes to sense of community </li></ul>
  10. 11. The Walden Faculty Development Model -- Summary <ul><li>Through a variety of experiences, faculty development at Walden University incorporates collaboration, mentoring, application immediacy, sense of community and reflective practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Regardless of the course modality, the most important variable for course success is the instructor (Miller and King, 2003). </li></ul>
  11. 12. For More Information… <ul><li>Faculty as Adult Learners – Faculty Development that Works </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you </li></ul>
  12. 13. Evaluation of Presentation Please Submit Your Presentation Evaluation