Making Online Faculty Professional Development a Priority at Your Institution
Concurrent Session 6
Participants will learn more about the new OLC Online Faculty Professional Development Framework and the implementation of this framework to support and prepare online faculty at their institution.
Because of the continued growth in online education, higher educational institutions must prepare faculty throughout their teaching career for learning theory, technical expertise, and pedagogical shifts for teaching in the online environment. This session presents the OLC Online Faculty Professional Development Framework, the result of a recent Delphi Method research study. In this study, consensus was gained from a panel of experts on the essentiality of professional development items to help faculty prepare for teaching in the online environment. After four survey rounds to develop consensus, best practices were identified consisting of essential professional development and institutional/organizational strategies for supporting faculty teaching online. These results are significant for planning new or improving existing faculty development programs that enhance teaching and learning in the online classroom.