From Practitioners to Instructors: Developing an effective Blended Instruction Certification Course for Adjunct Instructors in a Low-Residency MBA Program

ID: 51215 Type: Roundtable
  1. Michael Weston, St. Edward's University, United States

Thursday, June 22 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Location: Edison D View on map

Presider: Lyudmila Smirnova, Mount Saint Mary College, United States

Abstract: When hiring part-time Instructors, many universities look to working professionals who bring a wealth of subject-matter expertise and real-world experience to the classroom. While this practice can be very successful, many new Instructors are unfamiliar with the art and practice of teaching and come to the experience without adequate preparation. In this session, we’ll take a closer look at how our team worked with School of Business stakeholders to design, develop and deliver a blended training course (containing both synchronous and online components) for new adjunct Instructors. We’ll describe our program, it’s successes and challenges and report our findings on the impact of the program.


In this workshop, participants will be given hands-on experience working with our methodology for building courses and training Instructors. The workshop will provide an overview of what we did and how we did it, with specific details regarding lessons learned and some great ideas for creating faculty development programs of your own. Content will include a balance of practical considerations, real-world instructional design techniques and best practices for both classroom and online teaching.

Topical Outline

Brief Overview of St. Edward's, the Program and our Students Where we were prior to the Low-Residency Program Challenges in getting started with Course Development Processes for developing the courses Training the Instructors Supporting the Students Lessons Learned What we're planning for our next iteration

Experience Level



Michael Weston is an Instructional Design professional with eight years of experience in curriculum development and project management in higher education. Whether it's designing and implementing faculty development, leading the evaluation and rollout of university-wide technologies or conducting one on one training, Michael plays a key role in the St. Edward's Instructional Technology team. As an expert in adult learning, Michael designs and delivers training in a variety of environments. This includes traditional classroom training, asynchronous self-paced training and synchronous web conferencing. With 6 years of college-level teaching experience, Michael is able to share insights from not only an Instructional Design perspective but also as an Instructor.


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