Using a Comprehensive Faculty Development Program To Promote Continuous Quality in Online Teaching

Virtual Brief Paper ID: 35964
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    Holly McCracken
    Capella University
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    Eileen Dittmar
    Capella University

Abstract: Experienced e-learning faculty members share strategies for implementing a comprehensive faculty development program essential to the continued quality improvement of teaching skills and abilities. The high-impact META model (centered around Mentoring, Engagement, Technology, and Assessment) promotes information sharing, facilitates content creation, and fosters collaboration among a large geographically dispersed postsecondary faculty teaching one hundred percent online, and has as its goals increasing student satisfaction, promoting instructional quality and continuous improvement, and motivating participants. Model components include customized individual mentoring, an emphasis on continuous professional engagement and development, the integration of technologies that reinforce ongoing communication and interaction, and ongoing assessment measures that include both a self-assessment instrument as well as a rubric to guide the continued development of exemplary practices.

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