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Online Course Preparation: The Next Generation

Carol Smith (Berkeley College, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 11:15am
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
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Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Atlantic Hall
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Discovery Session 2

The key to successfully on boarding and retaining online faculty is to continue training with significant emphasis effective course design practices.

Extended Abstract

Faculty who endeavor to teach online at Berkeley College go through a robust, informative training process which prepares them to teach online. This process, the Five M's, are support systems in place to ensure faculty success through Modeling, Mentoring, Meeting, Maturing, and Maintaining. Each of the support systems involves the use and learning of technology and multimedia that promotes engagement and interaction, and application of multiple effective practices from rubrics including QM, USDLA, and Blackboard Exemplary. We take training to the next level (The Next Generation) by introducing and monitoring effective practices in course design in the Online Course Preparation Workshop. Using known industry standards and strong institutional guidelines, we continue to train faculty in the process of effective course design practices. As a result of participating in this session presentation, attendees will be able to understand the elements and principles of mentoring new to online faculty in the quarter of preparing a class for online course delivery; identify and learn new strategies for effective course design; learn how online training can positively impact faculty satisfaction and improve creativity and innovation in course design; and learn how new technologies are used and implemented in the online learning environment.

Lead Presenter

Carol Smith is the Assistant Provost, Online at Berkeley College. Carol holds a B.S. in Management from Centenary College and an M.B.A. in Global Business Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has been teaching online, blended, and onsite courses since 2001 in various formats to include accelerated 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 week courses; and 12 and 15 week courses. She has taught a wide range of 100-400 level classes in Business, Management, and Communication Programs; as well as taught on site and online courses in Graduate Management Programs. She has been responsible for the instructional design and development of undergraduate and graduate courses at several institutions, as well as for training of faculty and students in online teaching and learning. Prior to Berkeley College, Carol had been the Director of Continuing Studies and Accelerated Programs, with an opportunity to gain experience in Admissions, Advisement, Marketing, Recruitment (external and internal), Training & Development, and the management and oversight of adult programming in collaboration with undergraduate and graduate Chairs.