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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 and blended 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. 

 

Tier 1: TOL Foundation Courses

Tier 2: Mastery Modules

Tier 3: DL Course Development

Tier 4: Master Online Teacher

 

CIRT's Faculty Development Model

Tier 1: Teaching Online (TOL) Foundation Course

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.

 

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Track-A | Blended and Online Course Development and Delivery

For full-time faculty, 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. Preference is given to: (1) full-time, tenured, or tenure-track applicants, (2) faculty who teach in programs transitioning to distance-learning delivery, (3) applicants who have not previously participated in the seminar.
  • If you have any questions about, please send an email to rozy.parlette@unf.edu

Track-A Important Dates

Track-B | Online Course Delivery

For part-time faculty, 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.
  • If you have any questions, please send an email to rozy.parlette@unf.edu

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
  • Quality Matters Rubric (co-requisite for TOL-DCD)

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

  • Certificate of completion

How to apply?

  • Starting Fall 2017, all TOL graduates (Track-A and Track-B) are automatically enrolled in the TOFD Portal. Faculty members that completed TOL prior to Fall 2017 and would like to participate in these Mastery Modules, should complete the TOFD-Portal Enrollment Form  
  • If you have any questions, please send an email to rozy.parlette@unf.edu

Teaching Online Faculty Development Portal LoginTo assist UNF faculty with their ongoing professional development efforts, CIRT has developed a Teaching Online Faculty Development (TOFD) Portal 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.

 

 

Tier 3: Course Development and Quality Certification

Distance Learning Course Development

12-month, self-paced blended format

 

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 Quality 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. 


ATTENTION! Please only submit one course at a time. Once you have successfully completed the quality course review for your first course, then submit an application for your second course, and so forth.

  • 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.
  • Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the DCD module from within the TOFD Portal
  • If you have any questions, please send an email to rozy.parlette@unf.edu

Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewer

We are inviting faculty members that have completed TOL-DCD to consider becoming QM certified peer reviewers to assist CIRT with conducting QM Reviews at UNF. This entails completing two QM training courses (listed below) and then participating in internal reviews of UNF developed online courses.

 

Objectives

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

  • $500 stipend for every two internal reviews completed at UNF

How to apply?

 

 

Tier 4: National Certification

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?