The University of North Florida has been experiencing exponential growth in its online courses and it is essential that faculty are trained in the best and most effective practices for developing and delivering online instruction. In an environment of limited resources and skeptical faculty, the Center for Instruction & Research Technology developed a blended training model to maximize resources while still providing an engaging and high-quality experience.
With the university's new-found focus on a distance learning initiative, the distance learning committee was adamant that faculty training remain ‘something we do ourselves.' Before the recent redesign of the faculty training model, the Teaching Online Seminar that engaged faculty in a redesign of a course from face-to-face to wholly online was very popular and produced positive effects on teaching beyond online courses. It was, however, very labor-intensive and only allowed for about 10 participants per year. In the new model, faculty complete a Sloan-C workshop in online pedagogy, two UNF-specific online workshops that cover LMS training and institutional logistics, and then spend 5 intensive days redesigning their online course in a face-to-face seminar that includes instruction from instructional designers, university technology leaders, and veteran online faculty.
The Teaching Online Seminar remains the flagship of the training model and new offerings are being developed to provide flexibility and meet additional needs. Part-time faculty will have access to a fully online, instructor-led course focused on course delivery. Veteran online faculty will have the opportunity to continue to grow and receive support while completing a nationally recognized Master Online Teaching certificate.
Participants will learn about the development of this training model and the challenges and successes along the way. The presenters offer this model as a basis for engendering discussion about preparing faculty to both develop and deliver online courses. This session will be beneficial for college-level faculty and administrators, instructional technology and media professionals, instructional designers, and trainers in public and private sector organizations.
During this session, presenters will:
•share the development process for revising a university's training program for faculty teaching online,
•compare two different models for developing faculty to teach online,
•demonstrate an institution's internally developed and operated online training courses for faculty teaching online, and
•share perceptions of faculty members on the training experience pre- and post- revision.
Following participation in this session, participants will be able to:
•identify key components of a university-based blended training model for preparing faculty to develop and teach online courses,
•explain the benefit of integrating both online and face-to-face trainings for faculty,
•compare blended and face-to-face training options for faculty.