Post-Secondary Educators' Professional Development: Investigation of an Online Approach to Enhancing Teaching and Learning
Online learning, Professional development, Community college faculty, Technology implementation
Internet and Higher Education
Faculty in post-secondary institutions must continually reassess, refine, and revise their teaching, yet it is a challenge for them to gain this professional development with heavy teaching responsibilities and high demands on their time. Creating Optimum Learning Environments (CREOLE) is a collaborative project between one community college and one university to develop an online training program for post-secondary education faculty on the basic principles of teaching and learning and the development of online courses. Four independent modules were developed and taught in a one semester format for educators throughout the U.S. The goal of this research was to identify the strenghts and challenges of this course; determine the changes in pedagogical practice of the participating faculty members; and to examine the resulting changes in participants' course materials to reflect learning and motivation theories, and appropriate online learning strategies. Methods included pre- and post-surveys of the participants, interviews, document analysis, and instructors' reflections. Results demonstrated high expectations from all participants, difficulty in forming a sustained learning community, continuing challenge in technological aspects, and requirement for intense instructor involvement to maintain morale.
Schrum, Lynne; Burbank, Mary D.; Engle, Jonathan; Chambers, Jack A.; and Glassett, Kelly, "Post-Secondary Educators' Professional Development: Investigation of an Online Approach to Enhancing Teaching and Learning" (2005). Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles. 183.