Best Practices in Online Faculty Development
Published October 15th, 2012
When college or university leaders make the decision to offer online programs, they have the opportunity to create a new faculty culture and a community of online scholars. To successfully create such a culture and community, however, requires both thoughtful planning and commitment to continuous development.
When planning an online program, institutions need to determine the appropriate combination of full-time and part-time faculty members. Institutions should also set expectations for online teaching regarding training, load, compensation, and more.
Institutions should develop tools for ongoing online faculty development, such as a center for teaching and learning, a faculty Web site or portal, a learning management system with synchronous capability, and an electronic registration system.
In this whitepaper, Dr. David Clinefelter, Chief Academic Officer of The Learning House, Inc., discusses strategies for hiring and developing online faculty members, including:
- Determining the balance between full-time and part-time instructors
- Setting expectations
- Creating orientation and development plans