Straddling the Chasm: Supporting Faculty in a Networked, Digital Era

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Brief Abstract

The increasing adoption of emerging technologies by faculty, changes in faculty demographics, and growth in online/blended courses are challenging the sustainability of traditional faculty support models. At the same time, fostering digital literacy among faculty is critical, but remains a sticking point. This presentation will identify key support needs of 21st century faculty and showcase emerging support models.


Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock is a noted leader in higher education with expertise in online teaching, course design, and faculty development. Michelle’s work has helped online instructors across the nation and beyond understand how to craft relevant, humanized online learning experiences that support the diverse needs of college students. She is the author of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies (Routledge), has received national recognition for her excellence in teaching, and has held various leadership roles with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). Currently, Michelle is Innovations Lead for Teaching & Learning Innovations at California State University Channel Islands. Learn more about Michelle at and connect with her on Twitter @brocansky.