Approaches to Online Faculty Development, from Community College to Research University


Approaches to Online Faculty Development, from Community College to Research University

Approaches to Online Faculty Development, from Community College to Research University

Anne Reed, online instructional designer at the University at Buffalo is an Open SUNY Fellow in the Expert Instructional Designer role in the COTE community.

Her Effective Practice Fellow Chat: Approaches to Faculty Development, from Community College to Research University in the  Learning Effectiveness track is recommended for online faculty in the interested and experienced roles.

This group is the companion online discussion area for those interested in continuing this conversation, and in continuing to share and learn about supporting critical thinking in online discussion.

Abstract: Faculty development is often a key component of a higher education-positioned instructional designer’s profession. This presentation offers an instructional designer’s comparison of the needs of online faculty situated in two types of SUNY institutions, a community college and a tier-one research university.

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Evaluating our strategies

Started by Anne Reed. Last reply by Ian August Oct 23, 2014. 7 Replies

I'd like to exchange ideas on what works and what doesn't work in regards to faculty development for online education. I'd also like to have a conversation with this community about how we all can be…Continue

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Comment by Anne Reed on June 12, 2014 at 12:23pm

During my presentation I mentioned how much I love venn diagram jokes. Had to follow-up with this:

Comment by Alexandra M. Pickett on May 30, 2014 at 1:43pm

The presentation explores the idea that the values of an institution largely influence the role of the instructional designer (ID) and demonstrates ways in which the ID adapts his/her faculty development strategies to meet the unique needs of their campus.

Having served as an instructional designer at two SUNY campuses, a community college and (currently) at a tier-one research university, I will share my perspective on the needs of online faculty, including elements of faculty development that are distinct to specific educational contexts, and others that may be applied across various types of institutions.

The following is a list of the main factors that are considered in relationship to the ID’s faculty development strategies:
•The institutions’ history of online education practices
•Levels of institutional support
•Faculty and institutional views of the instructional designer
•Expectations of faculty

I conclude that the needs of faculty in terms of ID support , and professional development in online education, are largely the same despite the type of institution but there are a number of differences in regards to the possible and effective avenues for meeting those needs. Specific similarities and differences are addressed with the aim of broadening the participant’s knowledge of the role of the SUNY instructional designer in two contexts.


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