Essential faculty development attributes: Sloan-C wkshp 2009

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The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing?
As we approach faculty development from the perspective of the adult learner, we need to take into consideration their characteristics, the context in which their learning is occurring, and the process we plan to use to deliver the education and training (Lawler, 2003). However, most faculty development models are designed as a one-size-fits-all solution. Few development models view faculty as adult learners and typically do not consider their prior knowledge, experiences (Layne et al., 2004), or uniqueness.
With faculty development’s goal of improving the quality of the teaching experience for faculty and students, and using adult learning theory to frame the development program, the task to build an effective program is no small feat. Gone are the one-size-fits all programs with one-time workshops offered sporadically throughout the academic year. What is needed now are faculty development programs that recognize faculty’s vast reservoir of experiences as learners and as teachers in the classroom and to use those experiences on which to build their learning. Also needed is a recognition of faculty’s teaching needs and concerns to make their learning relevant and increase their motivation for learning. The professional development environment needs to be one in which the faculty feel accepted, respected, and supported. The learning activities need to provide opportunities for active participation, reflection, and collaborative inquiry, all within an authentic context. Finally, an individual action plan is needed to put their learning into action, with a structure in place for continued support as they enact changes in their teaching.

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Essential faculty development attributes: Sloan-C wkshp 2009

  1. 1. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? Faculty The SUNY Learning Network Experience Development Alexandra M. Pickett Associate Director SUNY Learning Network Faculty Development & Instructional Design 2001 recipient of the Sloan-C Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Development • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  2. 2. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? Overview This presentation will describe:  An introduction and background of the SUNY Learning Network (SLN) for context.  The key elements (essential attributes) in SLN’s successful award- winning online faculty development program. • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  3. 3. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  4. 4. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? SUNY Learning . . 2008-2009 academic year. Network !  30 of the 64 campus participate in SLN. SLN was referenced  3,000 online faculty. in testimony to the Kerrey Commission  107 online degrees offered. in Congress as the 2nd largest  100,000+ online student enrollments. ALN in the country.  4,000 + fully online courses.  90+ online inst. designers.  high levels of student & faculty satisfaction.  CC account for 67% of student enrollments. • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  5. 5. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? SLN Context of ! Historical Benefits SLN - Is a Membership in SLN System-wide  Faculty Development and Training ALN  Faculty Training Materials  Course Development Process  Instructional Design & Support Team – best practices  Campus-based MIDs – for ongoing local Faculty Support Visit:  Research/Data Collection/Analysis http://SLN.suny.edu  Campus-based Academic Coordinator liaison  Policy Development  Marketing & Promotional Activities  Technical Infrastructure (Servers/Telecommunications)  Technical Support/7 x 24 Operational Support  HelpDesk/7 days a week  Central Inquiry Response Capacity  Common Student Registration Process  SUNY DL Web site  Assisting Registrars • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  6. 6. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? SLN SUNY Campus Context Responsibilities Academic Authority Offer Courses Grant Degree Select Faculty Academic Review Standard Student Services Enrollment Management Financial Aid Advisement Receive and Manage Revenue Tuition, State Aid, Charge Backs, etc. • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  7. 7. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? SLN Awards 2000 EDUCAUSE Award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning 2001 Sloan-C award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Development 2002 Sloan-C award for Excellence in Institution-Wide ALN Programming 2003 Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Online Teaching 2006 USDLA 21st Century Best Practice Award - Online Technology - Higher Education 2009 NUTN Distance Education Innovation Award • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  8. 8. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? Faculty Our roadmap. . . Development 1994-95 research & development period. Objective: what works? We already assumed “no significant difference” http://www.nosignificantdifference.org/ 1995-99 synthesis of models, processes, & procedures, infrastructure, resources, support & services. Objective: will it scale? 1999-05 . . . Full-scale production. Objective: institutionalization, sustainability • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  9. 9. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? SLN’s 5 key elements ! 1. Model: Rapid Scale: This required that we develop a consistently applied What I have learned and thoughtful faculty development process. from working with over 3000 SUNY faculty, 2. Support: Large numbers: Successful online courses have effective from 40+ SUNY designs and effective/prepared instructors. = Instructional designers, HD, templates. institutions, and thousands of students 3. Approaches: Our philosophy: Technology in the service of pedagogy. since 1994. 4. Evaluation: Program evaluation and continuous improvements: Iterate! Best practices: what is working, why, what needs to be improved? 5. Quality: Requires a comprehensive approach to training, support, resources, best practices, exemplars, community of practice, template/standards, formal course review/rubric. • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  10. 10. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? Models Key Element ? • A l e x a n d r a M. What models does SLN use for online faculty development, course design, and training? P i c k e t t • 1 O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  11. 11. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? KeySLN faculty development, Element course design, training. . . 1. Model  4-Stage faculty development process. 2. Support 3. Approaches  7 step online course design process. 4. Evaluation 5. Quality Challenge: scalability, faculty buy-in, consistency in course quality and student experience. • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  12. 12. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  13. 13. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  14. 14. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? Any questions ? http://www.slideshare.net/alexandrapickett/ • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •
  15. 15. Sloan-C 15th Annual Conference The Essential Attributes of Faculty Development Programs – Which ones are you missing? Thank you! Alexandra M. Pickett alexandra.pickett@suny.edu Join my network!  http://www.twitter.com/alexpickett  http://www.slideshare.net/alexandrapickett/slideshows  http://www.youtube.com/user/alexandrapickett  http://slnsolsummit2009.edublogs.org/  http://etap687.edublogs.org  http://twitter.com/slnsolsummit  http://flickr.com/photos/alexandrapickett  http://www.spock.com/Alexandra-M.-Pickett-TFZBh10F  http://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandrapickett  http://www.pandora.com/people/alexandra.pickett  http://del.icio.us/alexandrapickett/  http://www.diigo.com/profile/alexandrapickett  Alejandra Subagja in Second Life http://slurl.com/secondlife/SUNY%20Learning%20Network/128/128/0  Skype: alexandrapickett • A l e x a n d r a M. P i c k e t t • O r l a n d o , F l o r I d a , 2 0 0 9 •

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