Faculty Development Model

A Focused Approach to Designing and Delivering High Quality
Distance Learning and Hybrid Courses

 

CIRT is committed to working with faculty to enhance their knowledge of best practices related to online course design, development, and delivery. To fulfill this commitment, CIRT provides a four-tier faculty development model that includes a foundation course with separate learning tracks for part-time and full-time faculty, a suite of mastery modules covering a range of topics, support for online course development and quality certification, and participation in a master online teacher certification. In addition, CIRT provides ongoing professional development through scheduled and on-demand workshops. 

 

CIRT's Faculty Development Model

 

Teaching Online (TOL) Foundation Course

Prior to Fall 2017, CIRT provided two distinct teaching online seminars, TOL5100 for part-time faculty and TOL6100 for full-time faculty. While both seminars were highly successful and combined for 450+ TOL graduates, a growing need to focus on blended and personalized online learning necessitated a more robust and refined personalized training curriculum. To that end, the TOL’s were combined into a single foundation course with separate learning tracks for part-time and full-time faculty so all participants would have equal access to all course materials and resources.

 

Major topics covered in the foundation course include: instructional design, student engagement, assessments, course facilitation, instructional media, universal design for learning, library resources, and blended learning. Throughout the course, participants will also have opportunities to discuss topics with their peers, collaborate with instructional designers, and participate in virtual communication sessions.

 

TOL | Track A: Blended and Online Course Development and Delivery

Full-time faculty, 8-week blended format, ~40 hours commitment

NEXT START DATE - September 14, 2017

 

In this track, participants learn about pedagogy, course design, instructional strategies, communication strategies, and online assessment involved in the development and delivery of high-quality blended and fully online courses. This intensive track includes a face-to-face kickoff day, eight online modules, a face-to-face roundtable discussion, and a culminating online final presentation.

 

Course Objectives

  • Write learning objectives that describe measurable outcomes
  • Summarize the major components of an online or blended learning course
  • Develop assessments that measure student learning
  • Explore instructional media that support course objectives and learning outcomes
  • Discuss best practices for universal design for learning
  • Evaluate methods for communicating with students
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of copyright and fair use laws
  • Reflect on best practices in development and delivery of online and hybrid courses 

 

Upon successful completion of all required activities and assignments, participants will receive:

  • $2000 stipend
  • Certification to develop and deliver online courses at UNF

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES **SUMMER-2017 FALL-2017 SPRING-2018 SUMMER-2018
APPLICATIONS DUE 4/21/2017 8/15/2017 12/19/2017 4/11/2018
KICKOFF MEETING
9am – 12pm w/snacks
5/12/2017
Bldg 57 (Rm. 1250)
9/15/2017 1/19/2018 5/11/2018
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
9am – 12pm w/snacks
6/16/2017
Bldg 57 (Rm. 1250)
10/20/2017 2/23/2018 6/15/2018
FINAL PRESENTATION DUE - END OF COURSE 7/2/2017 11/5/2017 3/11/2018 7/1/2018

 

** Indicates the specified cohort is no longer available for registration **  

TRACK A APPLICATION

 

TOL | Track B: Online Course Delivery

Part-time faculty, 5-week asynchronous format, ~25 hours of commitment

NEXT START DATE - October 9, 2017

 

In this track, participants learn about the important pedagogical, logistical, and technological issues involved in delivering effective online courses. This track includes five online modules and an optional synchronous communication session.

 

Course Objectives

  • Identify effective strategies for engaging students in online courses
  • Develop assessments that measure student learning
  • Explore instructional media that support course objectives and learning outcomes
  • Discuss best practices for universal design for learning
  • Evaluate methods for communicating with students

 

Upon successful completion of all required activities and assignments, participants will receive:

  • $1000 stipend
  • Certification to deliver online courses at UNF
Participation in this track is based on nomination. Contact your Academic Chair for nomination.

 

Mastery Modules

To provide additional support and a more personalized training curriculum for all faculty, CIRT offers a suite of mastery modules that offer a more in-depth mastery-level understanding of topics related to effective online teaching and learning. The mastery modules are available to all faculty that have completed the TOL foundation course (Track-A or B). To access the following modules you must be enrolled in the TOFD Portal in Canvas.

  • Using Course Analytics
  • Integrating Online Technology
  • Humanizing the Online Environment
  • Accessibility and UDL
  • Effective Virtual Communication
  • Gamification in Online Learning
  • Open Educational Resources
ATTENTION! The TOFD Portal will be available starting August 1st, 2017 and email notifcations will be sent out to all TOL graduates prior to that date.

 

 

Course Development and Quality Certification

DCD | Distance Learning Course Development

Full-time faculty who have completed the TOL foundation course (Track A) are eligible to participate in a self-paced course development module designed to assist faculty with their development of a high-quality distance learning course. Through this course development module, participants design and develop a fully online course and complete a successful Quality Matters course review of that course within 12-months of start date. To access this module you must first complete the application process (see instructions below). Once your application has been received, you will be notified of your access to the TOFD Portal in Canvas where you'll find the course development module.

 

Upon successful completion of the Quality Matters course review, participants will receive:

Faculty may apply at any point after completing the TOL foundation course (Track A). A maximum of 50 applicants will be accepted in each fiscal year. Chair support to offer the course in a distance learning format is required.

  • To apply, faculty should complete the online application and secure their chair’s approval to offer the course in a distance learning format during the next academic year.
  • The Chair Approval Form must be signed by the academic department chair and returned to CIRT by email to cirtlab@unf.edu or by campus mail to Tina Stanton, CIRT, 10/1120. Applicants will be contacted by a member of the instructional design team within two weeks of a completed application, including chair approval form.

Note: You cannot apply to develop a course for which you already received a stipend. If you are unsure, view the TOL Graduates page.

 

 

QMR | Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewer

Become a QM certified peer reviewer by completing two QM training courses and then participating in QM reviews at UNF. A modest stipend will be available for participation in course reviews. Full-time faculty who have completed the TOL foundation course (Track A) and developed at least one DL course that has passed a QM review are eligible to participate in this training and certification.

 

 

National Certification

MOT | Master Online Teacher Certification

Pursue further professional development in online teaching through the OLC Online Teaching Certificate Program offered as a sequence of one foundation course and three electives leading from the conceptual to the implementation of online learning effectiveness best practices.

 

 


 

 

TOFD Portal LoginTo assist UNF faculty with their ongoing professional development efforts, CIRT has developed a Teaching Online Faculty Development (TOFD) Portal in Canvas. This portal provides a central location from which faculty can access the TOL foundation course, participate in mastery modules, engage in ongoing discussions about course design and delivery, browse resources related to online teaching and learning, and apply for advanced training and certifications.

 

Note: All participants of the TOL foundation course (past and current) are automatically enrolled in this portal.

ATTENTION! The TOFD Portal will be available starting August 1st, 2017 and email notifications will be sent out to all TOL graduates prior to that date.

 

 

QUESTIONS?- If you have any questions about the information posted on this page, send an email to kevin.hulen@unf.edu