Creating Community: Using Technology and Social Media to Connect Online Faculty
Recorded: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 12:40 pm HST
Duration: 40 mins
Kaplan University’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers faculty training and professional development for a primarily online faculty audience. Over the years, we have learned that in addition to creating formal learning situations such as workshops and professional development courses, we also have various opportunities to develop more informal learning and social communities that help our faculty stay connected and engaged with the institution and with one another. These successful, faculty-facing events focus on creating cohesive online communities and include:
- Bloggers’ User Group
- Book Group
- Writers’ Salon
- Wellness Initiative
The CTL also offers a Facebook page for Kaplan faculty where members are invited to learn about events occurring within the CTL and throughout Kaplan University. One of the goals of the CTL is to help our faculty feel as though they are a part of a community of scholars by providing them with engaging resources and services; our staff also cultivates the online community within our own department as we demonstrate the benefits of taking part in a learning community by holding regular events such as meetings and holiday celebrations.
The communities described above effectively use technology and social media to link online faculty to one another, despite any geographical distances. In addition, the tools the CTL staff has at its disposal assist us in creating the type of online community necessary for true collaboration to occur, and we will demonstrate how these tools are used in an interactive, engaging presentation.