Teaching Excellence Webinar Series – by Faculty for Faculty

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      Dr. Stephen Fitzgerald
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      Context:

      The University: Fully online, WASC regional accreditation, four colleges offering associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. Students are all adult learners, 80% are active duty military. https://www.trident.edu

      The Faculty: Trident has roughly 300 faculty who work entirely virtually, distributed throughout the United States. Full time faculty meet every summer for a retreat and the annual commencement ceremony. Most part-time faculty have never met anyone at Trident in person.

      About Me: https://www.trident.edu/degrees/faculty/stephen-fitzgerald/

      As part of a strategic initiative and effort to provide new professional development opportunities for our full-time faculty and to strengthen teaching practice among all faculty, we asked academic leaders to recommend full-time faculty who are doing innovative work related to teaching excellence to present their work to their colleagues via a Teaching Excellence Webinar series.

      To balance comprehensiveness with parsimony, we limited the scope to 3-5 webinar topics, each of which would be offered 2-3 times (synchronously) over a 6 week period. Faculty were encouraged but not required to participate in at least one of the webinars synchronously (or asynchronously via review of a recording of the session). Our faculty span all of the U.S. time zones, and so we diversified the days and times offered to maximize the opportunity to participate. The final Teaching Excellence Webinar schedule is attached.

      Results to date:

        81 faculty participated in at least one of the four webinars (that were each offered multiple times)
        42 faculty participated in more than one webinar

      The best recording of each webinar has been selected and will be made available to interested faculty to review asynchronously.

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