The Walden Junto Model: Supporting Faculty Communities of Practice
Concurrent Session 4
Faculty development for asynchronous instructors is often delivered to large groups via a webinar or self-paced tutorial. For more complex instructional tasks, the traditional model is insufficiently robust, and it does not allow for reflection or resource dissemination. To address professional development gaps in offerings, the Center for Faculty Excellence developed the Walden Junto model, designed to meet the expressed interest among Walden faculty to share ideas with like-minded individuals in a structured setting. The Walden Junto model is based on Wenger’s (1998) concept of a community of practice in that it (1) focuses on a clear need for knowledge sharing; (2) incorporates a paradigm that supports the building of trusting relationships; and (3) supports the development of skills necessary for successful practice. Walden University as an institution supports the Walden Junto by providing key support elements include supporting the structure for University wide-involvement, soliciting faculty interest and input, supporting collaboration across disciplines, and encouraging ongoing learning through reflection and professional discourse.
In 2015, 8 Juntos were offered and served 121 faculty.
- Doctoral Learning as a Transformative Process
- Focusing on our Feedback: Strategies for Developmental Writing Instruction at the Capstone Level
- Supporting Students’ Qualitative Analysis
- Socializing Doctoral Students: Helping Students Become Professionals
- Hold Steady or Let It Go? Emotional Regulation in the Online Environment
- Supporting Mentors in the College of Education
- Supporting Mentors in the College of Management and Technology
- Challenges and Resources in Qualitative Dissertations