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The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

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Saturday, March 21 • 10:00am - 10:45am
C.O.L.T.: A College Level Faculty Development Model to Improve Online Education

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Most people familiar with online education recognize that it often happens in a vacuum. That can lead to isolation, which in turn is detrimental to learning and teaching. Many are aware of these consequences at the student level (e.g., lower course completion rates, lack of connection with the institution). Thankfully, many efforts have been put forth to address this issue for students.

However, fewer people are aware that the same thing can occur for faculty, albeit in a slightly different form (e.g., stymieing creativity, lack of connection to the institution, not seeking out development in teaching or technical skills, not seeking support for classroom issues). While most professional development is aimed at the instructor level, few development efforts are targeted to the administrators who oversee online teaching and who make critical decisions about staffing, training, and a myriad of decisions relative to their department’s online portfolios.

In the College of the Liberal Arts, the Dean’s Office recognized this and formed a group known as C.O.L.T. (Coordinators of Online Learning and Teaching) to address this issue and improve the quality of online learning and teaching. A partnership was formed between the Dean’s Office, World Campus Faculty Development, and an experienced online instructor to lead conversations regarding supporting online faculty as well as addressing practical issues.

This open discussion of the C.O.L.T. model will hopefully lead to replicable success for other colleges in building an online administrator professional community with knowledge and skills needed to improve online learning and teaching.


Avis Kunz

Assistant Dean, Filippelli Institute

Saturday March 21, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 208

Attendees (15)