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Faculty will need training to teach online

MOOCs will bring about the necessity for instructional technologists to help faculty used to f2f teaching make a switch in mindset for online teaching (be it a MOOC or blended learning at smaller institutions). That is, instructional support will be less about learning technology and more about communicating effectively and inspiring collaboration while using technology.


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  1. Moderator

    It's not so much that faculty will need training to teach online as they do NOW. And it's more than training. It's partners to help them understand the pedagogical differences between synchronous and asynchronous learning (which I think is a bigger deal than online versus face-to-face) as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the particular platform your institution is using.

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  3. Moderator

    True. Many people I talk to outside higher education are amazed when I tell them that university faculty (with the possible exception of Education faculty) had nothing in their program to prepare them to actually teach. It's all on the job training.

    1 year ago
  4. Developing and deploying blended and online learning programs, with high quality class communication, engaging and learner-centered teaching & learning activities, and ample contact hours require a wide spectrum of sustainable instructional technology support for faculty and teaching staff.

    Besides all course redesign and development, it is also about effective class management and nurturing while the class is in session.

    1 year ago
  5. Good instruction in the classroom can be transferred online. Good instruction is good instruction. If you are simply lecturing, then putting the lecture online only helps with review. Same instructional deficiencies exist.

    1 year ago
  6. According to CDS 2012 results, about 80% of institutions have a designated instructional technology center available to all faculty. You can look at this stat by Carnegie Class in CDS Reporting - http://www.educause.edu/research-and-publications/research/core-data-service/access-data. CDS 2012 also asked about other instructional technology services offered to faculty.

    1 year ago
  7. Moderator

    Robert, I agree in concept that good instruction is good instruction, but not all instructional methods are a good match for every delivery mechanism. We have a faculty member who is *really* good in the classroom (a mix of lecture, group work, etc), but she really struggled the first time she taught online because the methods she used for both lecture and group work didn't translate well into our online environment. We are working with her now to modify things some to make a better fit.

    1 year ago
    1. Agree completely with Kyle. Since so few faculty members have even taken (good) online classes, it seems really important to give them a model for what good online teaching can look like.

      1 year ago
  8. donniesendelbach Idea Submitter

    Agree with Kyle and Community Member. It would be great if EDUCAUSE had a MOOC for EDUCAUSE members (although then it would be a MOC) to teaching MOOCs using faculty who have taught MOOCs successfully to discuss best practices and even demonstrate worst practices and deconstruct those. I found the speakers on Tuesday and Wednesday especially helpful in understanding both the big picture and the nuts/bolts. We need to look at this from the learner's viewpoint and the best way to do that is to be a learner in a MOOC that demonstrates teaching.

    1 year ago

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