January 12, 2017 at 3:21 pm #913Amanda MajorModeratorOffline
Successful faculty development models are designed to fit the people, institutional climate, and organizational culture. A one-size-fits all approach does not exist. Successful models may involve any combination of professional development: self-teaching, peer mentoring, collaborative course design, workshops, training, quality assurance, and more. What faculty development pathways are available at your institution?
January 24, 2017 at 2:13 am #1033Hala EsmailParticipantOffline
We offer several several resources and service for faculty on campus. These include:
– Workshops and webinars: https://training.lsu.edu
– Customized department training
– One-on-one and group consultations
– Showcases and other events (e.g., showcasing faculty use of technology in teaching)
We recently established a faculty learning community for anyone who is interested in online teaching and learning (the Online Teaching Cohort: https://grok.lsu.edu/Article.aspx?articleid=18041). We found this to be an effective way to engage faculty and provide support.
Through the LSU Learning and Teaching Collaborative, we hope that more opportunities will be provided for faculty. I would be interested to hear from others regarding experiences with peer mentoring at their institution.
January 26, 2017 at 4:36 pm #1059Amanda MajorModeratorOffline
Thank you so much for your response. You offer a variety of avenues for faculty to attain the professional development. Providing a setting where faculty members can share ideas about effective practices in a faculty learning community of practice enables faculty to share their best practices and build on others ideas, optimizing engagement. I really like how your faculty have the opportunity to decide on the topic of focus for planning the next demonstration, hands-on activity, or guest speaker. I would love to hear more about the factors that you believe contribute to the success of the faculty learning community at your large, public, research intensive University . . .
I know you were interested in hearing from others in regards to peer mentoring. Peer mentoring usually occurs informally in many departments, but, I agree, I am curious if others have established or even encouraged peer mentoring for preparing faculty to teach, design, develop, enhance, or maintain their online courses.
March 23, 2017 at 10:47 am #1397Dale DreesParticipantOffline
This is a 6 week course that we use at SCF for our basic introduction to online teaching. It is centered around learning Canvas and has one week dedicated to Accessibility and they deliver a final project (the course they will be teaching online in the future).
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