Narrowing the Distance: Bridging the Gap Between Teaching Online and Faculty Development (Thesis Summary)
Beth Rochefort, Northeastern University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Victoria, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Online education has emerged as a strategic initiative in higher education, & many institutions rely on adjuncts to teach these courses. Moving to teaching online poses barriers for instructors; so transitioning to online teaching requires ongoing Faculty Professional Development (FPD). Instructional models change, technology evolves, expectations rise, & FPD is more important. This examination of FPD at NU’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) describes early efforts, identifies needs/gaps, & makes recommendations for change. It provides perspectives of three groups of stakeholders: adjunct instructors, instructional designers, & academic administrators. The key findings cover types of training, organizational communication, emergent pedagogies & challenges for supporting online adjuncts. These findings identify online adjunct faculty needs and suggest FPD opportunities for CPS and other institutions so they can continue to adapt, scale & sustain long-term effectiveness for online programs.
Rochefort, B. (2013). Narrowing the Distance: Bridging the Gap Between Teaching Online and Faculty Development (Thesis Summary). In J. Herrington, A. Couros & V. Irvine (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2013--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 644-652). Victoria, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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