The Office of Distance Education offers faculty many development opportunities. We strive to keep faculty informed of best practices for online/blended teaching and emerging e-learning technology tools. We offer a range of workshops through face-to-face and online formats, as well as individual consultation. Topics include:
2014-2015 Distance Education Initiative
This initiative is a University-wide effort funded by the External Operations Division that aims to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student experience by training and supporting faculty to create distance education course offerings. These re-designed courses will improve instructional effectiveness by utilizing innovative teaching strategies and increase flexibility of course offerings for both students and faculty.
Priority will be given to courses that meet one of the following criteria:
*Priority will also be given to faculty who have little or no prior online teaching experience.
Faculties are invited to submit an application for this initiative for a distance education course (50%-100% online) within their program. Twenty faculty members will be selected as a cohort and work to obtain training and transform one course throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.
Faculty Participation Eligibility
Each member chosen for this cohort is eligible for an $1,000 stipend or professional development fund upon satisfying the following:
Interested faculty must submit a completed application form, signature page for consideration. Completed application forms and/or questions can be sent to Pat Brander: email@example.com. Deadline for Applications September 22, 2014.
Winter 2015 Online Faculty Development Program
The Office of Distance Education is offering The Foundations of Teaching Online, a fully online program introducing best practices for the online or blended teacher. As content and interactivity changes each winter, we recommend and encourage retakes.
Participation in this program satisfies the CAPC training requirement.
When: January 5 - January 16, 2015
Where: online via D2L
Program content includes:
We will also hold optional online synchronized sessions using D2L's Online Rooms. Here's your opportunity to practice web conferencing with your students!
We will be on campus throughout the session to help you face-to-face as needed.
Program participants should have basic D2L skills before participating in this program. More information regarding D2L can be found on IT's D2L website.
To register, please complete our registration page.
If you would like to learn more or have any questions about the Online Faculty Development Program, please feel free to contact the Office of Distance Education at DistanceEd@wcupa.edu.
Please contact us if you are interested in customized group or one-on-one training for online course design/development, technology integration, or other related topics.