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Building a Better Online Instructor: How to Guide Faculty Through the Professional Development Life Cycle

Victoria Louden (The Learning House, Inc., USA)
Session Information
October 16, 2015 - 11:45am
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
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Session Type: 
Information Session
Oceanic 6
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 11

Discover how modifying pedagogical standards for the online modality can help you craft professional development opportunities that set your online instructors up for success.

Extended Abstract

The question of whether to train faculty as online instructors has become self-evident; online programs are now a staple of a complete degree portfolio. However, the question of how to train faculty to reach students effectively through the online modality is less straightforward.
Online learning provides unique professional development challenges due to the blending of traditional teaching standards with fast-paced, ever-changing technology. Successful professional development opportunities must address the complexities of meeting the needs of faculty with a variety of skills, experience, educational backgrounds, and subject-matter expertise.

This session provides an overview of how one company in the higher-education industry works in collaboration with its 68 partner schools to guide their faculty through the professional development lifecycle and build effective online instructors.

Attendees will learn how theories of faculty career cycles, community of inquiry, competency-based learning, and master course philosophy are being used with these schools to create an innovative, meaningful professional develop plan, and be given the opportunity to review how these best practices can be implemented at their institutions.

Learning objectives include:
- Recognize theories of community of learning, competency-based learning, professional life cycles, and master course philosophy as applied to a case example.
- Analyze your institution's current professional development program(s) and identify how aforementioned theories are being applied.
- Question which of the aforementioned theories can be added to your current professional development program(s).
- Collect ideas on how to implement theories to improve your current program(s).

Lead Presenter

As Director of Professional Development Victoria Louden leads a team that provides online instructors, online course writers and program administrators at Learning House partner institutions with professional development resources and opportunities. The goal of her team is to provide quality online educational experiences for school leaders, faculty and students. She has extensive experience in higher education with more than a dozen years facilitating classes, designing courses, mentoring students, training faculty and overseeing programs in the online environment. Victoria holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a master of arts degree in marketing.