Resources for Personal and Professional Development 

The university belongs to a number of professional organizations which provide valuable professional development resources for its members. In most cases, UNF faculty are extended membership via the institutional membership.

EDUCAUSE and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit professional organization association of IT professionals committed to advancing higher education. ELI is a community of higher education institutions and organizations committed to the advancement of learning through the innovative application of technology.

Available Resources: In addition to its annual conferences, EDUCAUSE and ELI provide the monthly  EDUCAUSE Review, its 7 Things You Should Know briefs, and many other useful publications.  Webinars are offered monthly on topics from Online Teaching to Technology Advising, and most are free of charge to members.

Access: Create a free account  to access resources and manage preferences.

Contact: Deb Miller, deb.miller@unf.edu  

New Media Consortium (NMC)

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international organization that informs the decisions that people make about technology through timely and focused research, through events and collaboration, and through engaging people in substantive discourse. Their singular goal is keeping NMC members at the forefront of effective applications of technology to learning and research.

 

Available Resources: NMC annually publishes its well-known Horizon Reports, which disseminate annual findings from an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.  In addition to the Horizon reports, NMC publishes a number of strategic briefs related to technology and education.The NMC Academy offers powerful online and offline experiences to inspire and transform teaching practices. The courses and events are hosted by a variety of education leaders and specifically designed for busy faculty, museum and library professionals.

Access: Create a free account  to affiliate with UNF and access member-only resources.

Contact: David Wilson, david.wilson@unf.edu  

 

Online Learning Consortium (OLC)

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world.

 

Available Resources: OLC regularly hosts webinars and online hangouts on topics related to online teaching and learning, and collects and publishes effective practices on its website. In addition, OLC publishes Online Learning (formerly JALN) promoting the development and dissemination of new knowledge at the intersection of pedagogy, emerging technology, policy, and practice in online environments.

Access: Create a Community Membership first, then notify Deb Miller to affiliate with UNF.

Contact: Deb Miller, deb.miller@unf.edu

WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) 

 

WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, is a national, membership-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of effective practices and policies, advancing excellence in technology-enhanced learning in higher education. WCET is nationally recognized as one of the most informative, reliable and forward-thinking organizations regarding the role of technology and innovation in higher education.

 

All UNF faculty, administrators, and staff are invited to subscribe to WCET’s member-only email lists:

  • WCETNews – a weekly article digest. WCET produces a compilation of national news related to higher ed and technology, in three categories – academic, technology, and policy.  
  • WCETDiscuss a moderated list for discussions. There are excellent exchanges and sharing via this list over a wide range of issues – from how instructional design is organized to adjunct faculty pay to integration of web collaboration tools and more.
Also check out WCET’s primary areas of focus and Frontiers blog.

MOOCs 

MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) providers, such as Coursera and edX are another resource and  offer courses on a variety of topics from The Science of Happiness to Getting and Cleaning Data.  A MOOC is an online course developed for participation by a large audience and for which registration is completely open and free, though there is usually a small cost if one wishes to earn an official certification.  These courses may be self-paced or taught in cohort- style, and are typically designed and/or taught by well-known experts. 

 

 

Provider

Offerings

Canvas Network      The Canvas Network offers open, online courses taught by educators from multiple institutions on topics that include development of ePortfolios, grantwriting, and many academic subjects. This catalog has a strong collection of courses related to teaching and course design.

Coursera

Coursera was founded in 2012 by Stanford computer science professors. They now offer an extensive catalog, with more than 1500 courses in a wide range of disciplines from some of the world’s top universities and organizations. Course subjects include physics, engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, education, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, and data science.

 

edX 

edX was founded by MIT and Harvard in 2012, and remains non-profit and open source. They offer more than 650 courses from its member institutions, which include high-profile universities and NGOs. Course subjects include art & culture, business, data analysis and statistics, educator training, electronics, environmental studies, food & nutrition, languages, and philosophy.  

 

FIU Open Education Initiative       

These courses are provided by Florida International University’s Continuing and Professional Development division and focus on business and health topics. Some are offered in both English and Spanish.

 

Udacity

Udacity was founded in 2011, by Stanford’s Sebastian Thrun. Its focus has shifted from university courseware to professional skill development and career-focused nanodegrees.  Topics are heavily skewed toward IT, with offerings in data science, web development, and software engineering.