Thinking Out of the Tool Box: Building a Professional Development Foundation Using Google Suite
Concurrent Session 8
Purdue University Global’s Center for Teaching and Learning will provide an overview of how our training and development is effectively constructed and delivered using Google Tools. We will also provide a hands-on example of how to create a Google Site that can be used for online instruction.
Purdue University Global’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) mission is to provide effective, innovative, and collaborative professional development opportunities for faculty, administrators, and staff as well as both onboarding and professional development tracking services, all in support of Purdue Global's core values and long-range plan. For faculty, the online process begins at onboarding and continues throughout their careers, supporting their ongoing roles.
Faculty begin employment at a variety of stages of professional development. CTL’s quality course design enables our team to deliver the necessary onboarding, training and professional development components to faculty in a way that makes sense and helps build a strong foundation and/or contribute to their various stages of development and training using Google Suite.
Using Google Suite enables CTL to be self-sufficient; our team may easily and immediately edit courses and resources with changes and updates. This ensures information and training are current and accurate as we strive for continuous improvement. Google Sites enable CTL to deliver training to a large audience in a short time frame. One of the collaborative features that enable our team to work effectively and productively is a shared account. Each team member administers training, tracks, addresses inquiries in the inbox, provides support and feedback to learners. The entire team is cross-trained and able to step in at any given moment. Though we use Google Suite, other platforms provide similar features, and through this demonstration we will focus on the techniques used for productive, effective, and efficient course delivery, opening discussion for how participants can integrate similar strategies and workflow within the platforms they use.
This presentation will illustrate how CTL delivers training and provides resources that meet the needs of faculty so the building blocks of their professional development create and support a sound foundation using Google Suite. We will set up a training site and tracking sheet, then provide participants an opportunity to work through training scenarios in a simulation, prompting participants to discover techniques to deliver and track with ease. This use of Google tools is somewhat unconventional and attendees will find this presentation to not only be unique, and engaging but will be impressed by the versatility of Google Suite and inspired to think out of the Google toolbox.