Better Together: Developing a Manual for Online Teaching at a Multi-Campus University
Concurrent Session 2
The parking lot is not the only thing all faculty share! A grass-roots committee has developed a repository of tools including a manual for faculty that covers processes, resources, and important policies for online teaching. This session will discuss how people work together to get things done, for everyone.
Workshops should be designed with specific, identifiable learning outcomes with in-class opportunities to support collaborative and/or interactive group activities.
How can a multi-campus, large, research university create universally accepted guidelines, tools, and resources that support online teaching? The Faculty Engagement Subcommittee (FES) at Penn State is comprised of faculty and staff from across the University who pursue collaborative endeavors for the purpose of building a strong foundation for faculty engagement in online teaching. The FES is a large group whose representatives include teaching faculty, learning designers, and faculty development specialists. Meeting monthly, the FES identifies common needs for tools, templates, guidelines, and other resources related to online teaching that would benefit the entire University community. Working groups are then formed to develop draft resources which are then vetted broadly, tested and refined, and finally presented to the University community through a core website.
To date, the FES has developed a large online repository that includes a manual for faculty that covers essential principles and expectations, processes, resources, and pertinent University policies. The manual was designed as a template, to be adapted by academic programs, colleges, or campuses to fit the needs of their faculty in their particular environment. In some ways, the manual is symbolic of how the committee strives to create, share, and distribute resources that can benefit all faculty who teach online at Penn State.
This session will introduce the FES model and discuss how the faculty manual was created and how it has been adapted by several colleges and academic programs. We will also explore other resources that have been developed by the FES and the process by which we continue to develop, adapt, and share a broad repository of resources for online teaching at Penn State.
The presenters will also engage the audience in a discussion about the issues participants are encountering at their own campuses with collaboration, sharing of resources, and developing standard tools for faculty.