If You Build it, Will They Come?

Concurrent Session 8

Brief Abstract

The challenge we’re facing is faculty/client attendance at non-mandatory (but needed) training events is low. Solution focuses on reasons for lack of attendance, and how to reach and motivate faculty/client members. 

Extended Abstract

Although training events are scheduled around faculty/client schedules and focus on topics that are needed for those participants; there is still an issue with actually getting faculty/clients to attend training events. 

Pajo and Wallace (2011) identified three sets of factors - personal barriers (lack of knowledge, skills, training, role models and time), attitudinal barriers (no faith in technology, unwillingness to work with technology, concern about student access) and organizational barriers (inadequate technical support, hardware, software, instructional design, no recognition of the value of online teaching). Due to these barriers, faculty/clients resist attending non-mandatory training events. 

A lack of training cause many issues in the workplace, ranging from unpreparedness to inability to complete one’s job duties. Since not every faculty/client may need to come to training, making training events mandatory is not a good solution.