Awesome (OSM) Faculty Development: The Evolution of the Online Skills Mastery Program at CU Denver
Concurrent Session 8
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.
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.