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ERIC Number: ED551950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 146
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ISBN: 978-1-2678-4565-8
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Professional Faculty Development for Teaching Online Courses at a Proprietary University
O'Connell, Kristen
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Faculty training in new methodologies and effective teaching practices can improve how faculty adapt to the needs of online teaching. At an online college network, a need was identified for appropriate and effective professional development training for online faculty members. The purpose of this mixed methods study was to assess the training needs for those online faculty members. The conceptual framework for this study consisted of Biggs' framework for constructive alignment, Kirkpatrick's faculty training methods, Palloff and Pratt's fundamental adaptions for online teaching. Three staff members from 3 online universities participated in a qualitative interview. Within this design, 184 online faculty members were surveyed using a quantitative questionnaire modeled after Biggs' (presage-process-product) model as modified by Freeth and Reeves. Kirkpatrick's model of educational outcomes was used to classify and analyze faculty development needs. The development of new training methods such as self-paced online courses and online courses with a deadline were identified by online faculty as a need for improvement. Based on faculty responses, a project was designed that consisted of the 4 effective areas of professional development training chosen by faculty members. Based on faculty responses to the survey, self-paced online courses and Elluminate training were chosen as the most effective delivery modes for the online trainings. Feedback throughout the year will be collected on these trainings to ensure faculty satisfaction and effectiveness of the training. This study promotes positive social change by providing effective delivery methods that will lead to a more successful and interactive collegiate experience for faculty members and their online students. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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