How to Sustain a Faculty Support Model While Pivoting to Remote Teaching and Planning for the Future Regardless of Modality

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Brief Abstract

This session will describe how an Office of Blended and Online Learning implemented instructional design services at scale during an immediate pivot to remote teaching, beginning March 11, 2020. As with many higher education institutions, this department found themselves tasked with supporting hundreds of faculty members and many who have never taught a hybrid or online course. In addition, many faculty were unfamiliar with instructional design services. With only two days’ notice, how will a small department of two new instructional designers and one dean manage the workload? When the spring semester is over, how will they plan their faculty development offerings to prepare faculty for the fall, regardless of modality? These questions and many more will be answered during this session.

Extended Abstract

This session will describe how an Office of Blended and Online Learning implemented instructional design services at scale during an immediate pivot to remote teaching, beginning March 11, 2020. As with many higher education institutions, this department found themselves tasked with supporting hundreds of faculty members and many who have never taught a hybrid or online course. In addition, many faculty were unfamiliar with instructional design services. With only two days’ notice, how will a small department of two new instructional designers and one dean manage the workload? When the spring semester is over, how will they plan their faculty development offerings to prepare faculty for the fall, regardless of modality? These questions and many more will be answered during this session.

Planning activities outside of the typical instructional design approach was key to providing immediate services. Conventional instructional design consultations took place on campus in a private setting, so how can we leverage our services to hundreds in a virtual format? This was the key question to address in a short amount of time. The concept of virtual course design hours offered daily and targeted outreach to faculty allowed us to kick-start the process. The format not only provided the new instructional designers with first-hand experience of being mentored by the dean but allowed for a personalized approach when meeting faculty online.

The Blended and Online Learning Task Force was another unit that took on an expanded role at the College. This Task Force assisted academic administration with providing key recommendations to implement a successful transition to emergency remote instruction and planning for the fall regardless of modality. Learn how this Task Force made up of faculty and administration worked collaboratively with the Office of Blended and Online Learning to help move the College forward during a challenging time.

Program information will be shared, along with participation statistics that took place over time. Reflections on the work accomplished and successful leadership strategies will be discussed.  

This interactive session will include asking individual participants to share stories about initiatives that took place at their institutions and engage in a Q&A session.