Tools, Techniques, & Strategies

by Aimee Denoyelles

At this point in the process of creating professional development for teaching online, the “planning” stage has taken place. A faculty development model has been envisioned and articulated, and the overarching decisions have been made. The next stage involves turning that vision into reality, in which the model and the decisions selected in the planning stage become realized.

This section targets design and development strategies by exploring the tools, techniques, and strategies that have been shown to promote effective development regardless of the modality in which it will ultimately take place.

The objective of this section is to share a diverse array of options within these five main recommendations that you can peruse. These options will relate to the overall faculty development model which best fits your particular needs, along with logistical factors.

Humanizing Online Learning

When transitioning to an online environment, a predominant concern of educators is losing the human “connection” with their students. This connection can occur with the other students, with the content, and with the instructor. How does one go about creating this connection in an online course?

Helping Faculty Discover and Implement Virtual and Remote Labs

Knowing where to search for virtual and remote lab resources is the first step in determining how to help faculty implement those resources into their courses.

Accessibility Considerations When Moving Online

Spring 2020 has been difficult for everyone who has had to move all courses into the online format that were not originally set up to do so. As institutions move forward, it is important to incorporate plans for accessibility of these online courses.

Leveraging Multimedia Based Learning Objects to Enhance Online Learning

The advent of online learning has created a demand for unique ways to deliver course content above and beyond textual materials. This webpage, therefore, is designed to advocate and demonstrate the incorporation of multimedia based learning objects (LOs) for use in the online classroom.

Best Practices for Using Video in Online Learning

Videos can be an effective method of fostering learning in the online classroom. But are you applying best practices to get the most out of your educational videos? Applying neurology to learning has led to the advent of the micro-lecture, which is a brief, focused method of delivering content in an engaging manner.

Meeting Faculty Where They Are: A Team Approach to Developing Online Masters Programs at the University of West Florida

University of West Florida (UWF) Global Online is using a team approach to support faculty with the development and redesign of online graduate programs in the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering (HMCSE). Development includes transitioning eighteen (18) sixteen-week courses to an eight-week format and completing development of (12) new courses.

Incentives for Faculty Participation

Even when they truly desire to participate in professional development, instructors lead busy lives and often juggle multiple commitments. For this reason, providing incentives for faculty participation is often necessary.

Faculty Analysis, Design, Implementation, and Review of the Curriculum

Adult learners tend to prefer to be in control of their own learning, so it is very important to include faculty in the analysis, design, implementation, and review of the curriculum, along with other stakeholders.

Techniques that Complement the Adult Learner

Once incentives are selected, it is time to design the training. The purpose of explaining core tenets of training is not to explain exactly how to set up the design and delivery, but rather to use techniques that complement the adult learner.

Instruction in the Required Technologies

An important component of preparing faculty to teach online is teaching them how to properly use the teaching and learning tools in an effective and meaningful manner. Providing instruction in the required technologies could involve the most common forms of synchronous and asynchronous training to teach faculty technically and pedagogically how to use the technology, and discusses when they are most appropriate.

Encourage Affordable Content

This page offers strategies for supporting faculty on their journey to explore high-quality, affordable content. Compare and contrast open educational resources (OER) and low-cost affordable options, as well as identify the key questions that guide faculty on this journey.

Continuous Improvement through Ongoing Assessment

Assessment of faculty development programs is crucial in providing feedback on performance with the intent of consistently improving the program as a whole, to foster continuous improvement through ongoing assessment.

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Aimee deNoyelles is an Associate Instructional Designer at the University of Central Florida. She specializes in quality course design, textbook affordability, and online discussions.