Promoting Excellence Online
Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:00:00 PM CST - 3:00:00 PM CST
Promoting Excellence Online: How to Develop Excellent Online Instructors -- A free webinar from Academic Partnerships' Faculty eCommons, hosted by Kenneth C. (Casey) Green of The Campus Computing Project, and featuring a lively conversation with Rena Palloff, PhD, owner of Crossroads West, who works with institutions, organizations, and corporations interested in the development of online distance learning and training programs. With the continued growth of online learning has come increased focus on what constitutes best practices in online teaching. The training of online instructors has not kept pace with the demand for excellence in the online environment, however. The result has been poorly constructed courses, high levels of student attrition from online courses, and continued allegations that online education is simply not as rigorous as its face-to-face counterpart. Furthermore, instructors are often left on their own to find appropriate training or to create their own approach to online teaching based on conversations with colleagues or information they find online, at conferences, or in journals. To add to this problem, often faculty development programs are presented using a “one size fits all” approach, with little regard to whether a faculty member is a novice in teaching online or has taught online for many years. This presentation addresses this problem by presenting, and allowing participants to explore, a phased approach to faculty development along with suggestions and strategies for the development of an effective training approach leading to excellence in online teaching. Faculty cannot be expected to intuitively know how to design and deliver an effective online course. What makes a successful online instructor? How can excellent instructors be trained and developed? How can faculty become their own trainers/developers to help achieve a goal of excellence in online teaching? How can all of this be done in difficult economic times when funds for faculty development are short? These are the central questions that will be explored and addressed in this webinar exploring a phased approach to faculty training designed to promote excellent online teaching.
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