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Lost in Space: Helping Faculty Find their Way Online

, , Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This paper presents best practices for supporting faculty who are starting to use an LMS. It describes the solution implemented by an educational technology support office and demonstrates elements of that solution, such as performance support tools and an online learning environment for faculty members. The primary theoretical background comes from change management theory as it relates to instructional and technology innovation, and is based on the work of D. P. Ely (1990, 1999), J. P. Kotter (1996), and E.M. Rogers (1995). It also presents the results of research into prevailing best practices for preparing faculty to teach online (e.g., Bower, 2001; Bruner, 2007; Gallant, 2000; Phipps and Merisotis, 2000; Shapiro, 2006; Shea, Pickett & Li, 2005). This presentation is designed to assist other organizations involved in planning their universities’ LMS implementation so that they can consider their own schools’ needs and structure their services appropriately.


Marcellas, B. & Kurzweil, D. (2008). Lost in Space: Helping Faculty Find their Way Online. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3482-3483). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 19, 2019 from .



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