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Breaking the Silos: Fostering Online Course Development through Interdisciplinary Faculty Cohorts

60 minutes
Panel Presentation

When asked what barriers prevent them from acquiring skills in new learning technologies and creating engaging course content, faculty inevitably answer "time." This panel, composed of an administrator, faculty director, staff member, and instructor, will share how Garrison and Vaughn's model of a Community of Inquiry was used to ground an interdisciplinary faculty cohort to create time. Shaped by collaborative practice and innovative course design, informed by best practices, cohort participants were challenged to reframe their teaching, social, and cognitive presences. We will share our experiences from our collegiate roles as we came together to identify, support, and train a core of skilled faculty who have sought to improve the quantity and quality of online and blended courses. Discuss the benefits of the cohort model from multiple perspectives (Administration, e-Learning Specialist, Faculty Director of Online and Blended Learning, and Faculty). Discover the role the community of inquiry model plays in online course development. Identify the process involved in cohort models of empowering and supporting faculty course development.

Topic Area(s): Effective Teaching Practices; Online & Hybrid Learning; Quality Design in Teaching; Social & Collaborative Learning


Jenny L. Hanson became Augsburg's Faculty Director of Online and Blended Learning Pedagogies in January 2018. She directs the Film and New Media programs and is an assistant professor of Communication Studies, Film, and New Media. Hanson previously served as the LMS Trainer at Normandale Community College. She holds an MFA in New Media from Transart Institute, Donau University, Austria.