Patio Chat and other Ways to Train Faculty
Recorded: Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 @ 10:30 am - 10:50 am HST
Duration: 20 minutes
The W. P. Carey School of Business has been a leader in online education for graduate business programs for over a decade. More recently, the addition of new undergraduate programs, hybrid courses and faculty taking the lead on course development has created a broad level of skill set among faculty who are utilizing technology in a variety of ways. The Online Academic Services (OAS) department has developed a comprehensive multi-level training atmosphere designed to offer faculty the opportunity to gain skills based on their own experience and to learn more about the methodology of teaching online. In addition to the regular classroom training, OAS has ‘hit the road’ providing one-on-one training in faculty offices, online & interactive training and certification, faculty blogs, Faculty/program meeting roundtables and monthly Patio Chat (which ironically meets on the Dean’s Patio), where OAS staff members are available for discussions regarding online trends. Resource sites have also been developed based on faculty feedback. Over a period of six months, OAS has seen an increase in faculty participation, a better understanding of course development and meeting student expectations online. This presentation will offer a glimpse into the set-up, execution and initial faculty feedback.
Sher Downing is Executive Director of the creative team of Online Academic Services in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.