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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, and support for online course development and quality certification. In addition, CIRT provides ongoing professional development through scheduled and on-demand workshops.

Tier 1

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Tier 2

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Tier 3

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Tier 4

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Tier 1 | Teaching Online Foundation Course



Teaching Online Foundation Course | TOL


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


View list of TOL graduates

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Track-A | Online Course Development and Delivery

For full-time faculty, 9-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 online courses. This intensive track includes a Zoom kickoff meeting, seven key topics of exploration, a Zoom roundtable discussion, and a culminating online final presentation.

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

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

Objectives


  • Write learning objectives that describe measurable outcomes
  • Summarize the major components of an online course
  • Identify effective strategies for engaging students in online courses
  • Design assessments that measure student learning
  • Evaluate methods for communicating with students
  • Utilize online tools to increase document accessibility
  • Explore instructional media that support course objectives and learning outcomes
  • Reflect on best practices in the development and delivery of online courses
  • Discuss the benefits of library resources and open educational resources (OER)

How to apply?


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TOL Track A Application
  • Review the important dates posted below and choose a cohort for which you can attend the required Zoom events.
  • Complete the TOL 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, please email rozy.parlette@unf.edu

Track A - Important Dates Summer 2022 *Fall 2022 *Spring 2023
Applications Due 5/20/2022 8/31/2022 1/20/2023
Kickoff Meeting
10 a.m. - noon
6/3/2022 9/16/2022 2/3/2023
Course Starts 6/6/2022 9/19/2022 2/6/2023
Roundtable Discussions
10 a.m. - noon
7/15/2022 10/28/2022 3/24/2023
End of Course 8/7/2022 11/20/2022 4/16/2023

*Currently accepting applications. Note: New cohort dates will be posted July 2022.

Track-B | Online Course Delivery

For part-time faculty, 7-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 seven online modules that explore five topics of interest: Instructional Design/Assessments; Student Engagement; Instructional Media; Course Facilitation; Universal Design for Learning. We also offer and an optional Zoom kickoff meeting.

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

  • $1000 stipend
  • Certification to deliver online courses at UNF

Objectives


  • Identify and discuss effective strategies for engaging students in online courses
  • Develop assessments that measure student learning
  • Explore instructional media tools that promote student engagement
  • Evaluate methods for communicating with students
  • Utilize online tools to increase document accessibility
  • Reflect on best practices for facilitating online courses

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 Summer 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
Nominations Due 6/3/2022 9/9/2022 1/20/2023
Optional Kickoff Meeting
11:00 a.m. - noon
6/10/2022 9/23/2022 2/10/2023
Course Starts 6/13/2022 9/26/2022 2/13/2023
Course Ends 7/31/2022 11/13/2022 4/9/2023

Note: New cohort dates will be posted July 2022.





Tier 2 | Mastery Modules



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).
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Teaching Online Faculty Development Portal

To assist UNF faculty with their ongoing professional development efforts.

Individual Mastery Modules

  • 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

What is the TOFD Portal?

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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.

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




Tier 3 | Course Development and Quality Certification



Course Development


Faculty who successfully complete the TOL Foundation Course (TOL-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 an Online Course Design Quality Review of that course within 12-months of start date.

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DCD | Distance Learning Course Development

12-month, self-paced blended format

Objectives

  • Design and develop a high-quality distance learning course
  • Complete an online course design quality review

Upon successful completion of a HQ course review, participants will receive:

How to apply?

Faculty may apply at any point after completing the TOL Foundation Course (TOL-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 during the next academic year is required.

  • To apply, faculty should complete the online application.
  • 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.
  • Applicants will be contacted by a member of the instructional design team within one week of a completed application. 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, which is located in the TOFD Portal.
  • If you have any questions, please send an email to rozy.parlette@unf.edu




Tier 4 | QM-Certified Reviewers



Critical to UNF’s implementation of Quality Matters is the assistance of QM-Certified faculty members that participate in the course design quality review process at UNF.

Become a Certified Peer Reviewer


There are two ways you can participate as a Quality Matters (QM) Certified Peer Reviewer.

  1. You can choose to be an internal reviewer, participating in course peer review teams only at UNF.
  2. You can aim to become a national reviewer, eligible to participate in both internal and official QM reviews.

To become a QM-Certified Peer Reviewer, you must:

  • Complete the TOL-DCD module (i.e., developed at least one course that passed a quality course review)
  • Complete the two-week online Applying the Quality Matters Rubric facilitated by QM. (CIRT will pay the course fee.)
  • Complete the three-week online Peer Reviewer Course facilitated by QM. (CIRT will pay the course fee.)

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

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