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Quality Online Faculty

February 13, 2020

U of I’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (CEHHS) launched a program in fall 2019 to support faculty with an external professional development opportunity to help them design effective and engaging online courses for students. The 16-week online course, offered in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, engaged 20 faculty from four colleges across campus in an authentic learning environment to experience pedagogical and technological best practices. The goal of this experience was to prepare faculty for the challenges of designing and teaching quality online courses. The program results in a formal certificate and badge that completing faculty are able to add to their credentials in teaching and learning.

Participating faculty included: (Art and Architecture) Ann Brown, Helen Brown, Anne Kern, Bruce Saxman, Cassidy Hall, Cate Egan and Daniel Cronan; (Science) Elizabeth Miller, Janine Darragh, Joshua Bailey, Julia Mahfouz and Leslie Baker; and (Engineering) Lindsay Larkins, Matt Smitley, Melissa McConnell, Raymond Dixon and Tao Xing.

The learning continues this semester with a Community of Practice for the above faculty members to engage in continuing conversations about current topics in course planning design for the online environment.

“CEHHS was pleased to be able to sponsor this professional development opportunity and extremely grateful to those faculty who put in so many hours working on their certificates,” said Dean Ali Carr-Chellman. “This group has worked together wonderfully and demonstrate a serious commitment to their teaching and the U of I student experience. Congratulations to those who completed the program.”

Curriculum and Instructional doctoral candidate Ling Zhao will study this community for her dissertation, an exploration of the faculty members' experiences in this program.

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