Awesome (OSM) Faculty Development: The Evolution of the Online Skills Mastery Program at CU Denver

Concurrent Session 8

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Are you looking to revamp professional development opportunities for your online faculty? Join us as we provide a behind the scenes look on the evolution of our faculty development program at the University of Colorado Denver. We will share our current practices, as well as the trials and tribulations involved in growing a successful program.

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Amy Arnold began her career as an elementary school teacher in physical education and technology. After traveling abroad on a gap year, she decided she wanted to earn a graduate degree from the University of Colorado Denver. She graduated in 2014 from the Information and Learning Technologies MA program and was named the Outstanding Graduate of her class. Quickly after graduation, she landed a job working at the University of Colorado Denver as a Course Developer for CU Online. She is currently an Academic Services Senior Professional and her primary focus is to assist faculty through online training and development. She is a huge advocate for embracing new educational technologies and finding ways to implement these new concepts in the online classroom. She is especially interested in video tools and recently developed the CU Online Creation Station- a self-service video studio for faculty to create high-quality videos. In her free time she enjoys adventuring around the state of Colorado with her husband and two children. She also enjoys hiking, skiing, and craft beer drinking!
Sarah is a Senior Instructional Designer at the University of Colorado-Denver in the Office of Digital Education. She works with faculty on designing and delivering online courses, collaborates with instructional designers across colleges and programs, and delivers faculty professional development for excellent online pedagogy.. She has a background in communication, extensive online teaching experience, and is a doctoral candidate in education with a focus on learning technologies. Her interests include creating engaging online learning environments, improving online presence, and designing learning experiences which foster student self-regulation and motivation.

Extended Abstract

Are you looking to revamp your professional development opportunities for your online faculty? Join us as we provide a behind the scenes look on the evolution of our faculty development, Online skills Mastery (OSM) program at the University of Colorado Denver. The OSM program is a suite of professional development opportunities designed to help prepare faculty for teaching in online or hybrid formats, with a focus on excellent digital pedagogy. We will highlight the growth of the OSM program over recent years, the strategies involved, and demonstrate how it has improved online teaching and learning at CU Denver.

In Summer of 2014, CU Online piloted a new facilitated 10-week, fully online faculty training program. Branded as the Online Skills Mastery program (OSM, pronounced “awesome,”) it prepares online instructors to excel in teaching and reward them for professional development through badging and grants. The program has undergone numerous changes since our humble beginnings. We will highlight this transformation along with the research and data we compiled to support the program evolution.

Today, the OSM program consists of a variety of professional development opportunities, including face-to-face trainings, collaborative workshops, webinars, and both self-paced and facilitated online courses. Follow along with us as we discuss the challenges and changes that have helped us evolve and grow the program over the past four years.

Participants will gain practical, scalable examples of how to put these faculty development concepts into practice and rejuvenate their current offerings.

Questions are encouraged during the main presentation. Time will be reserved at the end for a brief Q&A.