Creating a Virtual Community of Practice for Online Adjunct Faculty

Concurrent Session 7

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Brief Abstract

ERAU-Worldwide created a Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP) for online adjunct faculty. This 8-week VCoP was faculty-driven and provided participants multiple opportunities to reflect on and improve their online teaching practice. The purpose of this VCoP was to increase a sense of belonging and community with the university.

Presenters

Sara has over ten years of teaching, training, and instructional design experience in the online, blended, and face-to-face modalities. This includes two Blackboard Exemplary Course Awards for excellence in instructional design, and extensive experience teaching and working with college students as well as facilitating professional development offerings to faculty. She holds an M.Ed. in Educational Technology and an M.S. in Management and currently works as an instructional designer and adjunct online instructor.
I have dedicated my professional career to the field of education and specifically the education of others. I am passionate about professional development and believe it is the best way to improve student outcomes.  As a lifelong learner I am always excited to work with faculty to learn new strategies and exchange ideas.  I have a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Florida State University. I am currently working on a second Masters degree in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Hello! I am Cristina Cottom and I am the new Research Specialist for the Rothwell CTLE team. I have diverse experience as an educator, advisor, and college instructor. My strengths include teacher education, online course development, integration of research-based teaching and learning, active learning strategies, and collaborative learning environments. As a teacher, I have integrated research-based teaching and learning into several courses. In my role as the FACD Research Specialist, I support faculty members with active learning strategies related to research skills, assessing student proficiency in research, best teaching practices, as well as support research initiatives. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, cooking, playing the piano, and visiting the beach.
I have a PhD from the University of South Florida for Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Career and Workforce Education. My areas of expertise are in teacher education, pedagogical best practices, and distance learning in higher education. Presently, I am the lecturer/degree program coordinator/advisor for Technical Education & Industry Training B.S. program and Career and Technical Education M.A. program at the University of Central Florida.

Extended Abstract

ERAU-Worldwide created a Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP) for online adjunct faculty. This 8-week VCoP was faculty-driven and provided participants multiple opportunities to reflect on and improve their online teaching practice. The purpose of this VCoP was to increase a sense of belonging and community with the university. While many universities offer face-to-face learning communities, this virtual faculty learning community will contribute to the body of knowledge regarding best practices for other universities seeking to facilitate such an offering.