FACULTY SUPPORT & DEVELOPMENT
Learning design services offers a number of opportunities, including online courses, presentations, workshops, individual consultations, and just-in-time resources. Below are some of the opportunities and information available.
Online Facilitator Orientation Course
The Online Facilitator Orientation Course is a three-week online professional development opportunity for instructors and facilitators to experience teaching in an online environment. The orientation course is designed around modules that relate to the competencies for online instructors and facilitators as described by Zane Berge, Larry Ragan, and others in the field of distance education. As an instructor or facilitator, you play a key role in ensuring student satisfaction and success in online courses; for example, communication skills, encouragement, promptness, approachability and timely feedback have been identified as important qualities for an online facilitator.
Student Orientation Getting Started Online Module
The Getting Started Online module is accessible in a Blackboard organization site called, Student Orientation. The module guides students through the steps they need to take to ensure a successful online learning experience; for example, navigating blackboard, checking their web browser and Internet connection speed, accessing various media, using the Ohio University Libraries; resources, and getting help. Students also will have opportunities for hands-on experience in using the many features of Blackboard submitting assignments, posting to the discussion forum, creating a blog entry, for example. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can enroll your students in this module.
Resources for Preparing to Teach Online
The Online Experience [Podcast]
Faculty Self-Assessment [Online Tool]
Listen to “The Online Experience” podcast by Jim Lengel of Hunter College and Boston University. Faculties all over the world are asked to determine the quality of online courses compared with traditional classroom-based instruction. http://powertolearn.typepad.com/teaching_with_technology/2009/11/the-online-experience.html
View transcript. http://goo.gl/0s2z9
Complete the “Faculty Self-Assessment: Preparing for Teaching Online” developed by a Penn State faculty engagement subcommittee.
Fifty-one Competencies for Online Instruction
Blackboard Exemplary Courses
Here you will find a rubric to help you develop and assess engaging online courses, and examples of courses rated as exemplary.
Chico State Exemplary Courses
Chico instructors and courses receive awards for Excellence in Online Instruction. (Scroll down the page to see course demos.)
Video Primers in an Online Repository for e-Teaching & Learning
Dr. Curt Bonk, Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
Series of 27 videos that address the design and best practices of distance education courses. The videos are about 10 minutes long and each topic is accompanied by a list of useful resources.
Recommended Books, Journals, and Newsletters
The Online Teaching and Survival Guide: Simple and Pedagogical Tips
Judith V. Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad
Teaching Online: A Practical Guide
Susan Ko and Steve Rossen
e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning
Ruth C. Clark and Richard E. Mayer
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching
A peer-reviewed, open access, online publication addressing the scholarly use of multimedia resources in online education.
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
A refereed journal to advance research, theory, and practice in open and distance learning worldwide.
Journal of Interactive Online Learning
A venue for manuscripts, critical essays, and reviews that encompass disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on issues related to higher-level learning outcomes.
Online newsletter for higher education professionals.
The ProfHacker Blog (
The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Tips about teaching, technology, and productivity.
Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD)
Developing and supporting practitioners and leaders in higher education dedicated to enhancing learning and teaching.