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OLC Innovate 2016 - Innovations in Blended and Online Learning
April 20-22, 2016 | New Orleans, LA | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Faculty Development Programs for Blended Instruction

Tanya Joosten (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA)
Dylan Barth (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)
Additional Authors
Nicole Weber (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, USA)
Session Information
July 9, 2014 - 9:10am
Faculty Development & Student Support
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research and Evaluation
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
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Session Type: 
Information Session
Governor's Square 15
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Information Session 4
Virtual Session

UW-Milwaukee's Learning Technology Center will discuss research-based strategies for evaluating the effectiveness of faculty development programs for blended instruction.

Extended Abstract

Picciano, Seamen, Shea, and Swan (2012) indicate that "the number of students taking online courses will grow by 22.8% and that those taking blended courses will grow even more over the next 2 years" (p. 128). As blended learning continues to flourish in higher education, faculty development programs focused around blended teaching have become instrumental in improving the overall quality of teaching in these formats. Instructional and faculty development provides the core foundation to institutional programming in providing a framework for implementing blended learning pedagogy in the classroom. This student-centered, active learning pedagogy has the potential to alter the traditional classroom by enhancing course effectiveness through increased interactivity leading to superior student outcomes. In spite of the proliferation of faculty development programs dedicated to blended pedagogy, however, one question remains:

How do institutions know that their faculty development programs for blended teaching are effective?

The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's (UWM) Learning Technology Center (LTC) team will share their own considerations for evaluating faculty development programs. In particular, the UWM LTC will discuss findings from their current sequential exploratory mixed-methods study regarding ensuring quality in online and blended learning. The study emerged from data collected at national conferences around the topic of ensuring quality in online and blended learning. In those workshops, session participants reflected on questions related to fostering faculty awareness and interest in online and blended teaching, developing an effective online or blended teaching model, and evaluating online or blended courses for success. Full results from the qualitative and quantitative data, as well as instrumentation and implications of these results for online and blended learning, will be shared during this session. The UWM LTC will also provide a checklist for evaluating faculty development programs developed directly out of the research. As a result, attendees will leave the session with tangible artifacts and strategies to take to their institutions, including the criteria for evaluating faculty development, an evaluation instrument for doing so, and strategies for implementing effective changes in faculty development programs.

Lead Presenter

Tanya Joosten is the Director (Interim) at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Learning Technology Center (LTC) where almost 3000 instructors (faculty, academic staff, and TA's) are supported in their use of digital technologies to facilitate teaching and learning. UWM offers over 40 online and blended degree programs to its app. 30,000 students.
Tanya is active in blended and online learning where she has taught online and blended classes for over a decade, co-chairs the UWM Online Program Council (OPC), is the campus liaison for online and blended programming, is a mentor for the Sloan-C certificate in online teaching, and is the 2013 chair of the Sloan-C Blended conference (#blend13) in Milwaukee (http://sloanconsortium.org/blended).

In leading the UWM LTC, she oversees the recognized faculty development team for online and blended teaching, the UWM Certificate in Blended and Online Teaching, the online and blended teachers users group (OBTUG), and the Sloan-C blended faculty development program. Also, she has worked with dozens of universities and colleges across the globe on developing their teaching and learning strategies and supporting instructors' use of technology.

Tanya is the author of Social Media for Educators. Her work and expertise on social media, virtual worlds, and other emerging technologies has been highlighted in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Ed Tech Magazine, eCampus News, EDUCAUSE Review, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, and other news and media publications.

She is helping develop plans for the future of education as she is a member of the UWM digital future steering committee, State of Wisconsin Superintendent's digital learning advisory council member, EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Steering Committee, EDUCAUSE IT Status committee, NMC Horizon Project Higher Ed Advisory Board, and Sage Publications digital media advisory board member.