Developing Faculty to Teach Online

By Dirk Davis.

Published by The Learner Collection

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With much evidence calling for supporting faculty in their endeavors not only to teach online, but also to create new courses and even whole programs, several important questions arise. What might be an effective way to lead this sort of institutional change? What is the best way to design single courses and even entire programs? What does the process look like for someone trying to manage this sort of endeavor? This paper attempts to provide possible answers to these questions.
Leading the change is examined through the lens of a situational leadership approach and the importance of developmental levels and leadership styles, along with strengths and weaknesses involved. Program design is examined from a four-pronged approach; learner-centered, knowledge-centered, assessment-centered, and community centered. Finally, managing the project is developed, with topics including organizing and motivating, developing people and communicating, and measurement and analysis.

Keywords: Online Teaching, Online Learning, Program Design, Developing Faculty

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp.155-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.260MB).

Prof. Dirk Davis

Assistant Professor, School of Education, California Baptist University, Riverside, California, USA

Dirk Davis received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from California State University in 1993. After receiving a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Chapman University he went on to become a successful elementary teacher in grades 3-6 for Colton Joint Unified School District for ten years. After receiving a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology from California State University he became an adjunct professor at both CSUSB and California Baptist University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Education at CBU where his primary focus is teaching courses related to educational technology. He is also pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Technology (ABD) from Pepperdine University. Current research interests include online program design and assessment, and classroom management and discipline.

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