Effective Online Faculty Training begins here

Concurrent Session 8
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Brief Abstract

Equipping faculty to teach online doesn't have to be an arduos task. But, where to start? Developing effective in-house training can be taxing and fully outsourcing faculty development can be costly. For best results, advance online teaching expertise at your institution with some of both.


Cheryl Fulghum oversees the department of Instructional Design and Online Learning at Haywood Community College in western North Carolina. In this role, she is responsible for instructional design through faculty development, online course design, emerging technologies research, accessibility compliance, and the administrations of several learning platforms. She describes her main role as faculty cheerleader, empowering faculty to become 21st century teachers despite self-identified low-tech skills and fear of the unknown. Prior to her work in the online learning field, she served as full-time faculty in the commercial arts and worked as project manager and media content creator for Shadowbox Design, an educational technology company specializing in online ancillaries for higher education textbook publishers. She has degrees in Broadcast Communications, Journalism, and Educational Media: Curriculum and Instruction.

Extended Abstract

Learning to teach online is a process of discovery, knowledge and practice. Because faculty are at different comfort levels with the online modality, it can be difficult to devise effective one-size-fits-all training. Oftentimes, a faculty development center or e-learning department cannot meet the demands of training a diverse population of online teachers in a timely manner. The OLC Workshops can help.

In order to provide pedagogically sound training for its online faculty of varying skill levels, Haywood Community College created an Online Teaching Excellence Institute using the OLC’s New to Online: Essentials I & II workshops. Faculty are organized into cohorts (groups) and progress through a series of activities, meetings and workshops together for a one-month period. The Institute is facilitated by the College’s e-learning staff. The Workshops are facilitated by the OLC.  

This session will provide a structure for creating and facilitating an Online Teaching Excellence Institute to fit the faculty development needs of institutions of all sizes and budgets. The presenter will share the training model created at her College which includes both institution-specific training and general online teaching pedagogy.

Attendees will participate in a 5-10 minute interactive exercise used as an icebreaker for the Online Teaching Excellence Institute, hear success stories from faculty who have completed the Institute, view samples of course improvement projects created by faculty through the Workshops, and ask questions at the close of the session.