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Taking the First Step: Leading Newcomers in the Transition to Online Teaching

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Presenter(s)
Joanna Ray (Indiana University & IUPUI, USA)
Julia Sanders (Indiana University & IUPUI, USA)
Session Information
October 16, 2015 - 10:45am
Track: 
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Areas of Special Interest: 
K12
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Information Session
Location: 
Europe 3
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 10
Abstract

As demands for quality online learning evolve, what are key factors in creating a network of support to prepare instructors transitioning to an online environment?

Extended Abstract

Learning to teach in the online environment is challenging, and few teacher preparation programs include instruction in this emerging area. The foundation of support of new-to-online instructors includes encouraging best practices in web-based instruction and assisting with the design and development of online classes. Both educators in K-12 and faculty in higher institutions experience similar trepidations and uncertainties when transitioning to online teaching. The challenges and resources will vary depending on the landscape, yet a robust support network is key to empowering educators as they trailblaze into the digital age.

Innovation in high-quality online learning begins with preparing and supporting instructors. Three areas that have a high impact on instructor development are: implementing backwards design principles, leveraging instructional technologies to facilitate student learning and communication within a course, and developing a toolkit to inform online teaching and learning pedagogies.

In this session, participants will be introduced to the techniques and resources used to develop new-to-online instructors at Indiana University, and hear shared stories and lessons learned from face-to-face classroom instructors who now meet their students in the virtual classroom. Audience members will engage in active dialogue with other participants to share strategies and create questions to ask a virtual panel e-learning specialists in K-12 and instructional technologists/designers in higher education.

Lead Presenter

Joanna Ray currently serves as the Director of Online Design & Learning at the IU School of Education at IUPUI. Ray earned her B.S. in Education from Indiana University in 2001 and Master's in Education with a Focus on Technology from IUPUI in 2005. Prior to her current role, Ray served as the Director of Online Learning at Center Grove Community School Corporation where she founded and launched Center Grove Global Campus, an online learning initiative for secondary students. Ray has been a part-time instructor at the IU School of Education at IUPUI since 2005 where she has developed and facilitated several online courses related to educational technology and online teaching. She has shared her expertise with hundreds of educators across the state of Indiana through professional development programs, and has presented as both national and local conferences including the Center for Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL), Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), Hoosier Educators Computer Coordinators (HECC), and Indiana Computer Educators (ICE). You can find Ray on Twitter at @joanna_ray11.