Faculty Development in Distance Education
Faculty development is a crucial and vital component to any college or university. For institutions with geographically dispersed faculty who are teaching online, in some cases for the very first time, faculty development takes on a new level of importance. Here the challenges are not only ensuring instructors understand the technical aspects of teaching online and have the instructional skills to meet online learners’ needs, but also instilling a sense of community.
Issues such as time and workload management, quality assurance, and the need for new skills and competencies remain real or perceived barriers for faculty who are new to teaching online. Join Lawrence Ragan of Penn State’s World Campus as he shares his observations, stories, and insights regarding where faculty struggle in the online classroom, and what can be done to help.
video Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, November 8th, 2012
Join Larry Ragan, PhD, director of Penn State’s acclaimed World Campus as he shares 12 key benchmarks for online teaching best practices. You’ll also learn about metrics you can use in assessing teacher performance, and receive a checklist of critical online teaching competencies.
video Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Of the many lessons learned from the early years of distance education one of the most persistent to remain, and thankfully so, is the fact that you cannot simply pluck an instructor out of the classroom, plug him into an online course, and expect him to be effective in this new and challenging medium.