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Faculty Support for Online Course Design: Flexible Not Flimsy

60 minutes
Oral Presentation

For many instructors designing and teaching an online course can be an intimidating task. Where do you start when designing an online course? How do you move a face-to-face course online? Or how do you engage online students? In this session we will present the WeTeach program, an interactive, collaborative course that supports instructors who teach online or blended courses answer these questions. The WeTeach program includes a flexible model with multiple delivery methods that address faculty's needs with personalized custom attention and integrate Quality Matters standards. The WeTeach program addresses the needs of each faculty member by making them the student in an online course and walking them through the course design process. This program helps instructors design high-quality online learning experiences by developing their own skills and provides an opportunity to share online teaching experiences and best practices with colleagues. This program includes multiple pathways and use several project management tools. It also uses a variety of communication tools and addresses a variety of topics related to online course design and delivery. This program also includes a variety of assessments that allow instructors to develop their technology skills and design components of their own course. During this session we will showcase the program's structure, project management tools and strategies, examples of course assessments, and a brief overview of content topics. Discuss how to incorporate QM standards into a faculty development program. Identify tools to help project manage and build a faculty development program. Discuss techniques to support faculty through the process of building an online course.

Topic Area(s): Career & Workforce Development; Effective Teaching Practices; Learner Engagement Strategies; Online Administration & Management; Online & Hybrid Learning; Quality Design in Teaching; Social & Collaborative Learning


Mary O'Brien is an Instructional Design Specialist in the Adult Continuing Education (ACE) department at Winona State University (WSU). In this role Mary supports online faculty through the WeTeach program and serves as campus Quality Matters coordinator for WSU. She has experience teaching online and face-to-face (F2F) in K−12, higher education and international courses.