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New2Online Faculty Professional Development

Sandra R Johnson (New Mexico State University, USA)
Susie Bussmann (New Mexico State University, USA)
Session Information
July 9, 2014 - 9:10am
Faculty Development & Student Support
Areas of Special Interest: 
Innovative Blends
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Governor's Square 16
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Information Session 4

New Mexico State University's New2Online Program focuses on meeting the professional learning needs of faculty who are new to blended and online course design.

Extended Abstract

This presentation will introduce the New2Online Program (http://ocip.nmsu.edu/new2online/) from New Mexico State University (NMSU). New2Online provides professional development for faculty in a higher education setting, who are new to blended and/or online teaching. The presenters see New2 Online as a possible model for others interested in providing support to faculty getting started with blended and/or online teaching.

NMSU's Las Cruces campus is mirroring the national trend of the rapidly rising increase in online courses and degree programs being offered. This increase in online offerings is needed in order to meet the demand from currently enrolled students; the rising number of inquiries from students wanting to enroll in online degree programs; and the institutional need to increase enrollment and revenues. Like many institutions of higher education, NMSU has its core group of faculty, who were the early adopters and champions of online teaching and learning (Rogers, 1983). However, the number of tenure and college track faculty actively embracing online teaching and learning has not kept pace with the increasing consumer demand for blended and online offerings. As a result, the challenge has been how to increase the number of faculty who want and know how to develop and teach a quality online course so NMSU can grow its online enrollment.

In addressing this challenge, the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP, http://ocip.nmsu.edu) team experienced some recent discoveries and ah-has, resulting in NMSU's New2 Online program. This professional development program provides an introduction to online course course design, best practices in online learning, and Quality Matters for faculty that are new to online teaching and learning. The New2Online Program is 16-month in length and provides an in-depth experience that provides assistance to faculty in moving course content to an online format. The cohort of participants are using Canvas as their learning management system, exploring best practices in online course design using the Quality Matters Rubric as a guide (MarylandOnline, Inc, 2011). The program also provides professional development activities for self-selection on topics such as developing rubrics, writing learning objectives, or providing aligned assessments for example.

This presentation will share how the program was developed, the process for gathering the needs of possible participants, and how the program was put into place. The surveys, professional development course, timeline, mentor/mentor process, and professional development offerings will be shared.

The presentation goals are:

1. Demonstrate how instructional design theory and research, universal design, and usability concepts are incorporated into the development of e-learning activities for faculty professional development.
2. Share models of course design using actual courses developed by the participants in the New2Online Program.
3. Explore different approaches to professional development for online learning that adapts instruction to meet the diverse needs of faculty in higher education.
4. Discuss how multimedia, learning objects, and social networking concepts are shared for the design of course content and activities.


MarylandOnline. Inc. (2011). Quality matters rubric standards 2011-2013 edition with assigned point values. Retrieved from https://www.qualitymatters.org/rubric

Rogers, Everett M. (1983). Diffusion of Innovations. New York: Free Press.

Lead Presenter

Sandy holds a MS in Educational Technology and a MA in Educational Leadership. Her background includes working in the K-12 sector as a teacher in English, science, math, vocational education, and technology. She is a media specialist, technology coordinator, and holds an administrative leadership license for the State of New Mexico.
Sandy currently works with New Mexico State University as a lead instructional consultant for Distance Education and the Online Course Improvement Program. She has worked with NM K-12 educators and districts statewide and locally to support professional development for the integration of learning technologies and online teaching and learning.