When Roads (and Teaching Formats) Diverge: Pathways to Faculty Mastery

Concurrent Session 6
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Brief Abstract

Are you trying to figure out how to best support faculty across different locations and different formats? What if you could turn your one-size-fits-all information overload training into guided paths for diverse faculty pools? What if we could give you a map to create and navigate this?

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A lifelong learner, I have a special love and passion for all things involving online learning. I have over 15 years in education, and have spent the majority of that advocating and championing the online learning atmosphere for faculty and students.

Extended Abstract

Are you trying to figure out how to best support faculty across different locations and different formats? Are they rolling their eyes about yet ANOTHER long workshop that doesn’t quite apply to them? What if you could turn your one-size-fits-all information overload training into guided paths for diverse faculty pools? What if we could give you a map? Pathways to Faculty Mastery will explore common best practice competencies that faculty need to teach in a variety of formats as well as help identify and design strategis pathways of faculty training based on the type of instructional environment. This training solution was designed with specific learning competencies in mind that focus on providing faculty with best practice training in a variety of areas including, but not limited to: institution orientation, LMS training, instructional design, creating and sharing content, and assessment. These training pathways provide more streamlined and consistent training experiences across departments and campuses by providing standards of practice, design, and faculty expectations while still providing a level of autonomy for the instructors as they develop their courses and teaching practices.

These training pathways are designed to serve all levels and specializations of faculty, from new hires to veteran faculty members. While everyone begins their faculty development pathway in the same module with a comprehensive introductory training, the paths will diverge into appropriate areas specific to identified faculty needs. Because not every faculty member teaches in all formats, the pathways were developed to allow the assignation of focused training based on the appropriate teaching format for each faculty member. It also allows instructional designers and faculty developers to provide the exact amount of training needed without overloading faculty.

Pathways to Faculty Mastery also allow faculty to branch out and explore teaching in multiple formats and allows faculty developers to fill in the gaps for any missing training. Each attendee will leave with a Pathway template that can be adapted and applied to your own institutions and needs. During the session, we will review the template and talk about how it can be adapted in different environments through reflection of how we plan to utilize the pathways at our different institutions, the process behind the template itself, as well as the identified needs that led to this solution.