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Online Pedagogy, not Technical Skills: Developing Online Teaching Competence Keith Restine Tracey Mac Gowan
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Niccolo Machiavelli
Identification of Issues • Survey on use and priorities for tools within LMS • Survey of faculty members by Faculty Center • Noel-Levitz Priorities for Online Learners
Priorities • Educate on learning theories informally • Never attack teaching competence • Teach technical skills within the context of discussion of instructional strategies • Develop relationships • Catch the vision • Be available
WorkFlow • High touch • Intense work at course and instructor level • Trust & confidence • ID faculty interested in improvement of course or skills • Maintenance • Troubleshoot other levels & mid to late adopters
Get Them Early • Online Course Development Program • Faculty new to TWU or to online • 3 week online course • Work with ID until first course is completed • Adjunct/TA/GA workshops • 1 day (Saturdays)
TWU & QualityMatters™ I • Institutional subscriber • Focus on course design • TWU-sponsored training on using the QM rubric for your online course • Structural elements • QM Elements • Emphasis on expectations and course procedures • Win/ Win for faculty
TWU & QualityMatters™ II • QM rubric is used by TWU Instructional Designers to informally review existing distance courses and assist planning for new courses. • Passing the QM review is a requirement for all online course development funding from Lifelong Learning.
Provide Self-study Opportunities • Mini-courses • Self-enrollment • Focused on single topic • http://cnx.org/ • Browse by author (Restine) • TWU ID • http://twuid.pbwiki.com/ • 250+ pages of resources
Opportunities for Recognition • OES • QM reviewed courses • Fund national reviews • Invitations to showcase courses at state distance education conferences • Greenhouse competition
Next Steps • Learning theory buffet • Same content presented by multiple approaches • Faculty Spotlights • Social Networking site • Begin with those most interested
Beginning Change and Surviving • Win the trust and confidence game • Small success and little victories build confidence and trust • Understand and respect the history • Demonstrates respect • Insight into approach to change • Identify and involve interested parties • Involve interested parties in promoting WIIFM • Help others to see how change will benefit them personally • High touch first; high tech later
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire W. B. Yeats