Creating a Wowing Welcome: Developing a Comprehensive and Engaging Onboarding and Orientation Experience for Online Practitioner Faculty
Concurrent Session 5
With a strong reliance of academic program success based on adjunct faculty, it is essential to create a robust learning community starting with an engaging onboarding and orientation experience. We developed a model for establishing a comprehensive adjunct faculty development community leading to increased engagement and commitment to the University.
Many online programs have a basic certification requirement for their online faculty. Is this enough? Does it truly meet the professional development needs of your online adjunct faculty? Learn through an interactive session how our university is taking a strategic approach to building a comprehensive faculty development program that supports and engages online faculty from initial hire and beyond. Our program of robust faculty support has led to increased student satisfaction and retention with minimal investment of resources.
During the program development process the School of Graduate and Professionals Studies recognized the need to have an engaging and supportive culture for all adjunct faculty which would lead to academic program strength and growth. The process started with successful onboarding and orientation for each adjunct faculty. Our presentation is offered with the unique perspectives of the Director of Online Learning, a Program Director and a very engaged instructor.
During this engaging session, share your experiences and gain new insights to support your faculty and by extension, your students' success.
Key Points/ Learning Outcomes:
1. Evaluate the effectiveness of your current online faculty development program.
2. Recognize the impact faculty development and engagement has on student retention and satisfaction .
3. Discover strategies to incorporate adjunct and full time online faculty into the University community.
4. Develop a foundational plan for improving the quality of your own faculty development program.