September 27, 2016

Presentation Title

Interactive Faculty Development Decision Guide (IFDDG): A Tool to Support the Design and Implementation of an Effective Training Program for Online Instructors

Location

Dogwood

Start

9-27-2016 10:20 AM

End

9-27-2016 10:40 AM

Abstract

As online education programs continue to grow and evolve, so do the needs of those faculty who develop and teach courses online (Rhode & Krishnamurthi, 2016, p. 376). Faculty who teach online possess a wide range of skills, needs, comfort levels, and beliefs. As such, institutions that employ online instructors must provide support and training to meet those instructors’ individual needs as effectively as possible, in order to develop a quality online program. Institutions often struggle to develop effective training experiences due to limited resources and other constraints (Elliot, Rhoades, Jackson, & Mandernach, 2015, p. 160), and many distance education programs have failed as a result of problems with faculty development design and implementation (Rovai & Downey, 2010, p. 141).

Considering the ongoing and increasing need for high quality training that will benefit online instructors, students, and the institution as a whole, this proposal presents the “Interactive Faculty Development Decision Guide” (IFDDG), a tool designed to aid institutional leaders in their analysis and construction of a successful professional development program for online faculty. The IFDDG is an online evaluative, survey-like tool that provides immediate, customized, holistic feedback as well as recommended resources for training and support. Users will read statements in the IFDDG prompting them to consider their own institution’s current online course program areas and needs, including but not limited to: accreditation and standards, assessment, online pedagogy, and institutional culture. Users will select the appropriate statement, then receive automatic feedback designed to address their chosen, specific response.

Key words: Faculty development; online pedagogy; support; accreditation; interactive; online instructor and online quality.

The presentation will:

  • Provide an explanation for the development of IFDDG;
  • Demonstrate the potential of IFDDG;
  • Solicit feedback from conference participants for further consideration.

During this interactive and informative session, the presenters will:

  • Provide participants with opportunities for feedback on IFDDG;
  • Participate in live demonstration of IFDDG;
  • Share relevant resources.

Format

Concurrent Session

Institutional level targeted

Higher Ed

Target Level (additional info)

K-12 would also benefit

Moderator

Brian Marchman

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Interactive Faculty Development Decision Guide (IFDDG): A Tool to Support the Design and Implementation of an Effective Training Program for Online Instructors

Dogwood

As online education programs continue to grow and evolve, so do the needs of those faculty who develop and teach courses online (Rhode & Krishnamurthi, 2016, p. 376). Faculty who teach online possess a wide range of skills, needs, comfort levels, and beliefs. As such, institutions that employ online instructors must provide support and training to meet those instructors’ individual needs as effectively as possible, in order to develop a quality online program. Institutions often struggle to develop effective training experiences due to limited resources and other constraints (Elliot, Rhoades, Jackson, & Mandernach, 2015, p. 160), and many distance education programs have failed as a result of problems with faculty development design and implementation (Rovai & Downey, 2010, p. 141).

Considering the ongoing and increasing need for high quality training that will benefit online instructors, students, and the institution as a whole, this proposal presents the “Interactive Faculty Development Decision Guide” (IFDDG), a tool designed to aid institutional leaders in their analysis and construction of a successful professional development program for online faculty. The IFDDG is an online evaluative, survey-like tool that provides immediate, customized, holistic feedback as well as recommended resources for training and support. Users will read statements in the IFDDG prompting them to consider their own institution’s current online course program areas and needs, including but not limited to: accreditation and standards, assessment, online pedagogy, and institutional culture. Users will select the appropriate statement, then receive automatic feedback designed to address their chosen, specific response.

Key words: Faculty development; online pedagogy; support; accreditation; interactive; online instructor and online quality.

The presentation will:

  • Provide an explanation for the development of IFDDG;
  • Demonstrate the potential of IFDDG;
  • Solicit feedback from conference participants for further consideration.

During this interactive and informative session, the presenters will:

  • Provide participants with opportunities for feedback on IFDDG;
  • Participate in live demonstration of IFDDG;
  • Share relevant resources.