Orientation, Mentoring and Ongoing Support: A Three-Tiered Approach to Online Faculty Development

Volume, Issue - Date: 
Volume 16, Issue 2 - March 2012
Author(s): 
Amber L. Vaill
Author(s): 
Peter A. Testori
Oganization: 
Bay Path College
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Keywords: 
Faculty development, online learning, mentoring, support, online faculty, orientation
Abstract: 

In order for faculty to make a successful transition to teaching in the online classroom, they must receive professional development specifically geared toward this challenge. Bay Path College offers a faculty development program that incorporates three distinct components all geared toward aiding faculty to adjust to teaching online and providing assistance while courses are in progress with the goal of ultimately impacting the overall online learning experience for faculty and students alike. This article describes the College’s three-tiered approach to faculty development and explains the role that initial training, peer mentoring, and ongoing support play in preparing faculty and shaping their confidence in their abilities as an online instructor.