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Reengineering Online Faculty Certification, a Competency-Based Approach

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Presenter(s)
Carlos Morales (Tarrant County College, USA)
Candy Center (Tarrant County College, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 2:45pm
Track: 
Institutional Strategies & Innovations
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Blended Program/Degree
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Expert
Session Type: 
Information Session
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Oceanic 5
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 3
Abstract

Online training for faculty is key for student success and for the quality of the program. Strategies to develop a competency-based will be provided.

Extended Abstract

OLC (SLOAN-C) 2015 - Due April 20
Reengineering online Faculty certification, a competency-based approach

Carlos R. Morales, Ph.D.
Candy Center, M.A.
Tarrant County College- TCC Connect Campus
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Track: Institutional Strategies and Innovation
Name, Title and Institution:
Carlos Morales, President, Tarrant County College- TCC Connect Campus
Candy Center, M.A., Dean of Academic Affairs, Tarrant County College- TCC Connect Campus
Title of Paper (10 words or less) Reengineering online Faculty certification
Keywords, separated by semicolons: online certification, faculty credentials, online pedagogy, competency based

Paper abstract (between 10 and 25 words)
Online training for faculty is key to the success of students and for the quality of the program. Strategies to develop a competency-based will be provided.

Extended abstract (100-1000 words)
Online training for faculty is key to the success of students and for the quality of the program. In the quest for strategies to grow the availability of certified faculty for online courses, TCCD developed a program geared for experienced online faculty and also for those new to the modality. Through a Competency Based education model, experienced online faculty is no longer to required to train again in the same LMS and pedagogy strategies, instead the will demonstrate their prior developed skills via a series of assessments. Faculty is paired with instructional designers to design or redesign a course thus freeing them to be SME. Participants will learn strategies to speed the process to certify faculty in as little as 1 business day. Participants will receive valuable information regarding how to develop a mentoring program that includes pairing new faculty with experience instructors. Strategies to increase the numbers of certified faculty in areas of high growth to deliver core academic courses will also be provided.

Biography
Dr. Carlos R. Morales is the founding President of TCC Connect at Tarrant County College District, a comprehensive two-year institution providing education to more than 100,000 students annually. As president he manages, directs, and implements TCC policies, programs, and operating strategies for Distance Learning, Dual Credit and Weekend College initiatives for the College. TCC Connect is an administrative unit part of the five-campus Tarrant County College District.
Dr. Morales has extensive online and classroom teaching experience in the areas of Biology, Science Teaching, Education and Instructional Technology. Dr. Morales has published internationally peer-reviewed journal articles on the topics of instructional technology. Morales graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, with bachelors and masters degrees in Biology and Science Education, and received his doctorate, with a dissertation on Constructivist Learning Environments in Online Course Design, from Capella University. He was a Frye fellow in 2009 and in 2012 the American Association of State Colleges and Universities named him a Millennium Leadership Fellow.
Candy Center is Dean of Academic Affairs at TCC Connect at Tarrant County College. Ms. Center has served as a full time faculty member and taught in all modalities. Ms. Center has served in various roles in online and academic administration and has developed innovative faculty professional development models. Ms. Center served as a founding member and Academic Programming Administrator for Massachusetts Colleges Online, a consortium including the fifteen public community colleges and nine state colleges. Ms. Center received the Contributor of Distinction Award for her service, innovation and contributions to Massachusetts Colleges Online.

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Dr. Carlos Morales is the founding President of TCC Connect at Tarrant County College District, a comprehensive two-year institution providing education to more than 100,000 students annually. As president he manages, directs, and implements TCC policies, programs, and operating strategies for Distance Learning, Dual Credit and Weekend College initiatives for the College. TCC Connect is an administrative unit part of the five-campus Tarrant County College District.
Dr. Morales has extensive online and classroom teaching experience in the areas of Biology, Science Teaching, Education and Instructional Technology. Dr. Morales has published internationally peer-reviewed journal articles on the topics of instructional technology. Morales graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, with bachelors and masters degrees in Biology and Science Education, and received his doctorate, with a dissertation on Constructivist Learning Environments in Online Course Design, from Capella University. He was a Frye fellow in 2009 and in 2012 the American Association of State Colleges and Universities named him a Millennium Leadership Fellow.

Candy Center is Dean of Academic Affairs at TCC Connect at Tarrant County College. Ms. Center has served as a full time faculty member and taught in all modalities. Ms. Center has served in various roles in online and academic administration and has developed innovative faculty professional development models. Ms. Center served as a founding member and Academic Programming Administrator for Massachusetts Colleges Online, a consortium including the fifteen public community colleges and nine state colleges. Ms. Center received the Contributor of Distinction Award for her service, innovation and contributions to Massachusetts Colleges Online.