ERIC Number: ED368418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Engaging Faculty in Telecommunications-Based Instructional Delivery Systems.
Swalec, John J.
In the design and development of telecommunications-based instructional delivery systems, attention to faculty involvement and training is often overlooked until the system is operational. The Waubonsee Telecommunications Instructional Consortium (TIC), in Illinois, is one network that benefited from early faculty input. Even before the first piece of equipment was installed, faculty participated in site visits to other distance learning systems to provide feedback on instructional features. Faculty were encouraged to view distance learning not as a threat, but a way of providing access to their courses to a wider audience. To expose faculty to the technology, for the past 6 years Waubonsee Community College has provided 3-day training sessions to faculty on a volunteer basis. The workshops usually have 15 participants whose suggestions are incorporated into the classroom design and operation. Teachers generally do not want to be told how to teach, but do appreciate the handbook of instructional hints for successful utilization of the telecommunications classroom. During the workshop each teacher presents one micro-lesson while the other participants serve as students, some from remote sites, giving them insight on what instructional methods best serve their discipline. Participating faculty are compensated for their time, and of the 89 faculty members who have been trained to date, 46 have chosen to teach on the network. Involving faculty in design and implementation has been critical to the success of the Waubonsee TIC. (KP)
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