ERIC Number: ED192693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Introducing New Faculty Members to Course Production. An Induction Program in the Faculty of Technology.
Duchastel, Philippe; Harrison, Roger
An induction program set up by the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University (England) in 1977 for new members of the technology faculty is described and evaluated. Two principles were followed in the program: (1) documentation should be carefully selected so as not to overload the participants; and activity-based experiences are preferable to passive assimilation of ideas. It was set up to run over a few months rather than be an intensive session at the beginning of the faculty member's appointment. Program activities are outlined and the phases discussed. Workshops were offered in course unit writing, objectives and assessment, and course design. Participants were interviewed for their reactions to the program. The overall impression was that it was successful, and although some activities appeared more valuable than others, all activities were of some value to someone. The timing was felt to be inappropriate to some. Most participants felt that other faculty should have such programs. Specific suggestions for improvement, and recommendations for future induction programs, are provided. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Course Descriptions, Course Organization, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Open Universities, Orientation Materials, Teacher Orientation, Teacher Workshops
Open University, Institute of Educational Technology, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, England
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England). Inst. of Educational Technology.
Identifiers: Open University (Great Britain)