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

 

Tier 1: 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. Both seminars were highly successful and combined for 450+ TOL graduates. However, a growing need to focus on blended and personalized online learning inspired us to design 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 that provides all participants with access to all the same 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 (formerly TOL6100)

8-week blended format, ~40 hours commitment

 

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.

 

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

How to apply?

  • Review the important dates posted below and choose a cohort for which you can attend the required face-to-face events.
  • Submit the Track A - Application.
  • Within 1-2 weeks after the application due date, you will receive an email from CIRT regarding the status of your application.

Track-A Important Dates

 

TOL | Track B: Online Course Delivery (formerly TOL5100)

5-week asynchronous format, ~25 hours of commitment

 

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.

 

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

How to apply?

Participation in this track is based on nomination. Contact your Academic Chair for nomination.

Track-B Important Dates

 

 

Tier 2: Mastery Modules

To provide additional support and a more personalized training curriculum for UNF faculty, CIRT offers a suite of mastery modules that provide a more in-depth mastery-level understanding of topics related to effective online teaching and learning. The mastery modules are available to all faculty members that have completed the TOL Foundation Course (Track A or B).

  • Using Course Analytics
  • Integrating Online Technology
  • Humanizing the Online Environment
  • Accessibility and UDL
  • Effective Virtual Communication
  • Gamification in Online Learning
  • Open Educational Resources

Upon successful completion of a mastery module, participants will receive:

  • Certificate of completion

How to apply?

No application required. TOL graduates are automatically provided access to the mastery modules via the TOFD Portal

 

 

Tier 3: Course Development and Quality Certification

DCD | Distance Learning Course Development (formerly TOL7100)

12-month, self-paced blended format

 

Full-time faculty who successfully complete the TOL Foundation Course (Track A) may submit an application to participate in the self-paced DL Course Development (DCD) module. The DCD module was designed to guide faculty through the course development process and provide instructional design assistance as needed. Through the DCD 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.

 

Objectives

  • Design and develop a high-quality distance learning course
  • Complete a successful quality matters course review

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

How to apply?

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.
  • Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the DCD module from within the TOFD Portal

 

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.

 

Objectives

Upon successful completion of both QM course reviewer certifications, participants will receive:

  • $500 stipend for every three internal QM reviews completed at UNF

How to apply?

Visit Become a QM Certified Peer Reviewer page for more information.

 

 

Tier 4: 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.

 

How to apply?

Visit UNF's MOT Certification page for more information.

 

 


 

 

TOFD Portal LoginTo assist UNF faculty with their ongoing professional development efforts, CIRT has developed a Teaching Online Faculty Development (TOFD) Portal where UNF faculty can continue their training on developing and delivering high-quality blended and online courses. The purpose of this portal is to provide faculty with a centralized location (within Canvas) to easily access all the materials from previous TOL courses, participate in the new Mastery Modules, engage in ongoing discussions about course design and delivery, and browse additional resources related to online teaching and learning.

 

NOTE: The TOFD Portal will be available to TOL graduates starting August 25th, 2017.

 

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