Presentation Title

Have Experience, Will Travel: Individualized Faculty Development for Experienced Online Instructors

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1-31-2019 1:30 PM

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1-31-2019 2:45 PM

Short Description

As increasing numbers of faculty arrive at their new institutions with previous online teaching experience, the question becomes: how do we effectively assess and certify these faculty members to teach online? This session focuses on our individualized online faculty development option that operates alongside our standard online faculty development course.

Abstract

As teaching online has become more common over the last two decades (McGee, Windes, & Torres, 2017), many newly-hired faculty arrive at their new institutions with online teaching experience and, in some cases, online course development. Efforts need to be made to recognize the online teaching and course development of these newly arrived faculty. There is a delicate balance between honoring someone’s prior experience and also ensuring that they have the skills and knowledge to be successful online instructors (Walters, Grover, Turner, & Alexander, 2017).

To meet the needs of our online faculty and students at the University of Central Florida (UCF), faculty who wish to teach online now have two avenues to obtain certification to develop and teach online or in mixed-mode: our online certification course IDL6543 Interactive Distance Learning or our alternative track for experienced online faculty new to UCF called Online Faculty Readiness Assessment (OFRA). The OFRA pathway to online certification recognizes a faculty member’s prior online teaching experience and training and ensures that incoming faculty have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful teaching online at UCF.

In this session, the presenters discuss (1) how the OFRA pathway differs from IDL6543, our 10-week mix-mode online faculty development course (2) key factors to consider when developing an alternative pathway for online teaching and course design certification, and (3) the impact of OFRA on our campus as of Fall 2018.

McGee, P., Windes, D., & Torres, M. (2017). Experienced online instructors: Beliefs and preferred supports regarding online teaching. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 29(2), 331-352. Retrieved from ERIC database. (EJ1147627)

Walters, S., Grover, K. S., Turner, R. C., & Alexander, J. C. (2017). Faculty perceptions related to teaching online: A starting point for designing faculty development initiatives. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 18(4), 4-19. doi:10.17718/tojde.340365

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Concurrent Session

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Jan 31st, 1:30 PM Jan 31st, 2:45 PM

Have Experience, Will Travel: Individualized Faculty Development for Experienced Online Instructors

As teaching online has become more common over the last two decades (McGee, Windes, & Torres, 2017), many newly-hired faculty arrive at their new institutions with online teaching experience and, in some cases, online course development. Efforts need to be made to recognize the online teaching and course development of these newly arrived faculty. There is a delicate balance between honoring someone’s prior experience and also ensuring that they have the skills and knowledge to be successful online instructors (Walters, Grover, Turner, & Alexander, 2017).

To meet the needs of our online faculty and students at the University of Central Florida (UCF), faculty who wish to teach online now have two avenues to obtain certification to develop and teach online or in mixed-mode: our online certification course IDL6543 Interactive Distance Learning or our alternative track for experienced online faculty new to UCF called Online Faculty Readiness Assessment (OFRA). The OFRA pathway to online certification recognizes a faculty member’s prior online teaching experience and training and ensures that incoming faculty have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful teaching online at UCF.

In this session, the presenters discuss (1) how the OFRA pathway differs from IDL6543, our 10-week mix-mode online faculty development course (2) key factors to consider when developing an alternative pathway for online teaching and course design certification, and (3) the impact of OFRA on our campus as of Fall 2018.

McGee, P., Windes, D., & Torres, M. (2017). Experienced online instructors: Beliefs and preferred supports regarding online teaching. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 29(2), 331-352. Retrieved from ERIC database. (EJ1147627)

Walters, S., Grover, K. S., Turner, R. C., & Alexander, J. C. (2017). Faculty perceptions related to teaching online: A starting point for designing faculty development initiatives. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 18(4), 4-19. doi:10.17718/tojde.340365