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Finding the Silver Lining: Creating High Quality Low Cost Scalable Faculty Development

Carl Moore (University of DC, USA)
Cristi Ford (UMUC, USA)
Session Information
October 16, 2015 - 9:30am
HBCU Innovations (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Asia 2
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 9

The presenters will provide strategies for offering high quality low-cost faculty development opportunities at an HBCU. Learn strategies and contribute your own experiences and ideas!

Extended Abstract

Background: The quality of instruction is a critical factor in student success. Proper training on how to effective leverage the evidence based/best teaching practices is often limited among college teachers. Even professors who are experienced teaching in face-to-face classrooms cannot necessarily apply the same skills in online teaching practices. Given these realities, in order to ensure that the institutions adequately prepare instructors to meet the challenges of delivering effective online instruction, accreditation agencies have added specific requirements for online instructor training and certification. These requirements were leverage in the formation of a faculty development model at University of the District of Columbia (UDC).

Purpose and Goals: This presentation aims at highlighting and comparing the mutli-layer approach of faculty development at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). The goal is to provide participants with a selection of strategies to use in developing robust faculty development programs on their campuses and along with an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses, specific examples, and lessons learned.

Dimensions: For the purpose of this study, the presenters will share insights about the training and certification efforts along the following dimensions: (a) requirements for training and certification - including institutionally supported (mandatory) participation, synchronous and asynchronous instruction, core and elective topics, and recertification; (b) levels - such as basic, intermediate, and advanced levels of certification; (c) motivation and incentives - including compensation, promotion, and recognition; (d) delivery mode of instructor training - such as online, classroom based, hybrid; (e) and assessments and evaluation criteria - including self-assessments, formal assessments, practical components, course reviews, as well as expert, peer, and student evaluations.