Effective Professional Development: The Evolution Solution
17TH ANNUAL SLOAN-C
ON ONLINE LEARNING
The Evolution Solution
MS Johns Hopkins University/Educational Technologies
Design & facilitate DE course development programs-15 yrs
Coordinator of Instructional Design and Training
MA University of Maryland Baltimore County, Instructional
Designs & facilitates DE course development programs-8 yrs
Instructional Designer and QM Peer Reviewer
EdD Towson University, Instructional Technology
Designs & facilitates DE course development programs- 10 yrs
Revolutionized developmental education for online math
Do you have a role in faculty professional development for
Does your institution provide full-time and adjunct faculty
professional development to improve online courses and
After this presentation, you should be able to:
1. Identify essential attributes of an online faculty
2. Recognize key characteristics contributing to evolving
professional development strategies.
3. Share projections for the future of faculty development.
CCBC Faculty Professional Development
History of Online Course Development
for faculty creating a new online course
Virtual Academy: 9 consecutive full day sessions onsite
Online Teaching Institute [OTI] onsite: 4 month blended, semi
monthly onsite sessions
Distance Learning Task Force: comprehensive 6 month research
study of students, faculty and staff. New ID coordinator and
ID positions created.
Instructional Design Research
What are the challenges?
Increased student enrollment
Need for more adjunct faculty
Physical space limitations
Self-study: anonymous self-review survey of quality standards
Interviews: leadership, faculty trainers
Faculty focus groups: anonymous
Instructional Design Research
Wants vs. needs differ
Faculty want flexibility
Requests for more professional development
Revise OTI: add adult learner, quality standards, disability
support content, create a more flexible format.
Teaching Online Course- separate 4 week online course for
all faculty teaching existing online courses.
Research & Results
CCBC surveys and focus group data summarize a need for:
Institutional directives for professional development
Top down support & collaboration
Flexible offerings and online training opportunities
Online teaching competence by persons who assess faculty
Infrastructure for support of student success
Standardization of courses toward common outcomes
Online Teaching Institute
Course Outcomes Learning Obj. Assessment & Eval
Learner Support and Compliance
Adult Learner & Learner Engagement
Learning Management System
4 months, blended with few onsite requirements
Essentials: Then and Now
Assessment Process, Surveys , Focus Groups
Institutional directive [Goals/Objectives]
Professional Development Plan
Content- Instructional Problem
Technology Resources: LMS or learning space
History – How faculty learn to teach online
Informal learning/ mentoring self-learning and sharing by
faculty. Primary focus is technology.
Professional development provided onsite specific to
individual courses. Focus on andragogy/pedagogy and
Professional Development provided in a blended format over
several weeks or months with a mentor and quality assurance
tool with a measurable outcome.
School-wide coordinated team based course development
includes a faculty professional development component
serving student centered outcomes and accreditation criteria.
Factors which impact model shift
Efficiency of resources and technology
Qualified achievement, artifacts, e-portfolio
Varied course specific resources and learning objects
Quality standards [instructional design]
Continuous improvement plans
A new model
Faculty professional development is targeted as teams build
new courses in a collaborative team environment applying
concurrent course design toward creation/revision of courses
to meet outcomes.
Results of constant evaluation
A similar model
Concurrent Course Cylinder [Reference : University of Georgia]
A new model
Team consists of: Project Leader/ Sr Instructional Designer,
Course Developer, Subject Matter Expert [Faculty], Quality
Assurance Representative, Coordinator or Dept. Chair.
Professional development offered to all team members, some
topics offered exclusive to role. Topics available on-demand.
Topics: andragogy/pedagogy, quality assurance, LMS, learner
engagement, course outcomes, learning objectives, assessment
& evaluation, disability compliance.
Share your experience and suggestions.
What do you think will be the next transition for faculty
Your Turn & Our Future
Instructional Design Team
Thank you for your attention & interest.
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