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eLearn Magazine: A Recap of the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium Conference on Online Learning


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Creating an Institutional Culture that Embraces Accessibility and Supports Online Student Success  - By Kristen Betts, Director of Online and Blended Learning, Armstrong Atlantic State University. Kristen Betts will be presenting “From Compliance to Culture: Building an Effective Infrastructure to Support Accessibility and Online Student Success” on October 11, 2012.


Online and On the Move - By Emily Boles, Senior Instructional Developer, University of Illinois, Springfield. Ray Schroeder will be presenting "Online and On the Move: Mobile Online Learning" on October 10, 2012.

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Keynote Address: Democratizing Higher Education
Sebastian Thrun, VP & Fellow Google

Plenary Panel: Evolution or Revolution? What's Happening with Traditional Online Learning?
Jeff Young (The Chronicle of Higher Education, US) - Panel Moderator
Jose Cruz (The Education Trust, US)
Alan Drimmer (University of Phoenix, US)
Jack Wilson (University of Massachusetts, US)

Plenary Address: Citizen Science - Authentic Participation in Research
Arfon Smith (Citizen Science-Adler Planetarium, US)

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Preparing Faculty to Teach Online: A Innovative, Blended Approach

Len Roberson (University of North Florida, US)
Deb Miller (University of North Florida, US)
Session Information
October 11, 2012 - 11:25am
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Oceanic 4
Session Duration: 
35 Minutes

UNF developed a blended training model to maximize resources while providing an engaging, high-quality experience. The session covers the challenges and successes along the way.

Extended Abstract

The University of North Florida has been experiencing exponential growth in its online courses and it is essential that faculty are trained in the best and most effective practices for developing and delivering online instruction. In an environment of limited resources and skeptical faculty, the Center for Instruction & Research Technology developed a blended training model to maximize resources while still providing an engaging and high-quality experience.

With the university's new-found focus on a distance learning initiative, the distance learning committee was adamant that faculty training remain ‘something we do ourselves.' Before the recent redesign of the faculty training model, the Teaching Online Seminar that engaged faculty in a redesign of a course from face-to-face to wholly online was very popular and produced positive effects on teaching beyond online courses. It was, however, very labor-intensive and only allowed for about 10 participants per year. In the new model, faculty complete a Sloan-C workshop in online pedagogy, two UNF-specific online workshops that cover LMS training and institutional logistics, and then spend 5 intensive days redesigning their online course in a face-to-face seminar that includes instruction from instructional designers, university technology leaders, and veteran online faculty.

The Teaching Online Seminar remains the flagship of the training model and new offerings are being developed to provide flexibility and meet additional needs. Part-time faculty will have access to a fully online, instructor-led course focused on course delivery. Veteran online faculty will have the opportunity to continue to grow and receive support while completing a nationally recognized Master Online Teaching certificate.

Participants will learn about the development of this training model and the challenges and successes along the way. The presenters offer this model as a basis for engendering discussion about preparing faculty to both develop and deliver online courses. This session will be beneficial for college-level faculty and administrators, instructional technology and media professionals, instructional designers, and trainers in public and private sector organizations.

During this session, presenters will:
•share the development process for revising a university's training program for faculty teaching online,
•compare two different models for developing faculty to teach online,
•demonstrate an institution's internally developed and operated online training courses for faculty teaching online, and
•share perceptions of faculty members on the training experience pre- and post- revision.

Following participation in this session, participants will be able to:
•identify key components of a university-based blended training model for preparing faculty to develop and teach online courses,
•explain the benefit of integrating both online and face-to-face trainings for faculty,
•compare blended and face-to-face training options for faculty.

Lead Presenter


 Len Roberson, Ph.D., SC:L, CI, CT is currently the Dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Florida and Assistant Vice-President of Academic Technology, overseeing distance learning.  He is a tenured Associate professor, and has been involved in the fields of deaf education and interpreting for 23 years. He is an active researcher, interpreter, and interpreter educator.    He has taught online for many years and has been involved in the preparation of faculty for online teaching for several years.  Since joining UNF in 1998, he has received more than 3 million dollars in external funding as the principal investigator for numerous grants. His current research interests include the study of interpreting in legal settings, teacher effectiveness and preparation, and service-learning in interpreter education. He has presented numerous papers and workshops in North America and abroad. He is co-editor for the Journal of Interpretation published by RID. He resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his beautiful wife and seven beautiful children, 4 girls and 3 boys.


Deb Miller, M.Ed., is currently the Director of the Center for Insruction and Research Technology at the University of North Florida.  Deb came to UNF in 2001 from the Duval County public school system, where she served as a classroom and resource teacher for several years. She received her M.Ed. with a Specialization in Instructional Technology in 1999 from UNF. Her interests include the use of classroom response systems, organizational structures that support innovation, and mobile media. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and enjoys creating websites for non-profit groups and spending time with her family.


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