The Distance Learning and Instructional Media Services unit of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library is proposing a professional development platform to provide comprehensive training to meet the online professional developments needs of faculty and staff to foster excellence in teaching and learning. The goals are to enhance effective online teaching methods and practices, promote collaboration, develop technological competences and creativity, and enrich student learning and success. A four tier approach is recommended to offer a variety of sessions to meet the diverse needs of the faculty and staff.
A training needs assessment was the first step in planning for the professional development platform. The purpose was to collect information about the training needs of faculty and staff from their perspective. The USFSP Fall 2013 Distance Learning Professional Development Survey helped determine the new courses and workshops for the upcoming year. The full survey and results can be found in Resources or Fall 2013 Professional Development Survey.
The four tier approach is proposed as a trial for spring 2014 and will consist of a variety of sessions, from weekly, bi-weekly, to monthly. The purpose is to provide a continuum of professional development to meet the diverse needs of faculty and staff. Delivery methods will vary from online self-paced modules to live face to face sessions and workshops.
Weekly Tier – The weekly tier is to provide ongoing short informational or how-to sessions. A few examples would be a short video about an update to Canvas that has an impact on functionality or a how-to session about using a new technology. Sessions are meant to be easily accessible such as a how-to video, or blog post. If a session is face-to-face, a recording will be made available online for anyone unable to attend.
Bi-weekly Tier – The bi-weekly tier will consist of a one hour session every other week. The bi-weekly tier will usually be conducted face-to-face and is to be a collaborative, open forum with an exchange of ideas. The bi-weekly forum will have 20-30 minutes of instruction and hands-on experience, with a question and answer piece or idea exchange at the end.
Monthly Tier– The monthly tier is the opportunity to dig into a topic in more detail, sessions will routinely last between 1 ½ to 2 hours. Sessions will focus on the theme of emerging technology in distance learning that will impact higher education.
Annually – Once or twice a year a Faculty Institute or Guest Speaker Series will be hosted by distance Learning. The events will span 1 to 2 days and cover a range of topics in Distance Learning, instructional design, and emerging technologies. The Faculty Institute will promote collaboration and showcase distance learning faculty. The Guest Speaker Series will bring leaders in the field to discuss areas of interest in eLearning and academic technology.
View and Register for Upcoming Workshops
To register, complete the registration form. To see more information on individual sessions, check out the Spring catalog. Sessions will be recorded and made available online for those unable to attend.
Learning Management System (LMS) Training
The current USF System Learning Management System (LMS) is Instructure Canvas. Canvas Training is always available. Contact Gary Austin, at (727) 873-4404.