The OLC Faculty Development Framework Tool

Concurrent Session 7
Streamed Session OLC Session

Brief Abstract

The research literature clearly supports that online faculty must have specific professional development to support success. Based on research, the OLC Faculty Development Framework recommends all the critical topics that should be addressed. See what this tool can offer!


Kaye Shelton, Ph.D. is a Professor of Educational Leadership in the Center for Doctoral Studies in the College of Education at Lamar University. Previously as the Dean of Online Education for Dallas Baptist University, she led the development and ongoing operations of their online education programs with over 55 majors and degrees offered fully online. She is certified as an online instructor, teaching online since 1999, and also an online education consultant. Winner of the both the Blackboard and eLearning exemplary online course awards, she has published over 40 articles and book chapters in the field of online education, including a coauthored book entitled An Administrator's Guide to Online Education. Dr. Shelton was also awarded a Sloan-C Effective Practice award for her research on the Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Education Programs, the John R. Bourne award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Education and the NCPEA Morphet Dissertation award.  Dr. Shelton has been involved with research in online education since 1997 and has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops and advised peer institutions regarding the creation of an online education program and best practices for teaching online and faculty support.  Recently, Dr. Shelton has been involved in the national and international use of the OLC Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Programs as it has been adopted by institutions in Latin America. She is also an Online Learning Consortium Quality Scorecard program evaluator and teaches workshops regarding its implementation.  
Jennifer Mathes is the Chief Strategy Officer at the Online Learning Consortium. In this role, she provides leadership in researching, scoping, managing, and evaluating key projects, programs, and customized solutions that are aligned with OLC’s Consulting Services domestically and internationally. Dr. Mathes has more than 20 years of experience in both public and private higher education where she has supported digital learning initiatives since she taught her first online course in 1997. She has been instrumental in working with start-up initiatives as well as leading growth in institutions with an existing technology enhanced program. In addition, she is co-editor of the OLC Quality Scorecard Handbook: Criteria for Excellence in Blended Learning Programs (2017) and Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice Handbook (To be released 2019). Dr. Mathes holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she wrote her dissertation on “Predictors for Student Success in Online Education.” She also has earned a Master of Science degree in Business Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Illinois State University.

Extended Abstract