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MarylandOnline's inter-institutional project to train higher education adjunct faculty to teach online

  • Julie Shattuck Frederick Community College
  • Bobbi Dubins Allegany College of Maryland
  • Diana Zilberman Baltimore City Community College
Keywords: adjunct faculty, online teaching, professional development, online learning

Abstract

This article reports on an inter-institutional project to design, develop, pilot, and evaluate a state-wide online training course for higher education adjunct faculty who are preparing to teach their first online course. We begin with a brief literature review to contextualize the stated problem the project sought to address: the need for quality, accessible training for online adjunct faculty. We then give background information to describe the environment in which the project was situated before detailing the process of designing and piloting the first iteration of the Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT) course. Using a mixed-methods approach (surveys and reflection journals), data were collected from the adjunct faculty who took the COAT course, the COAT instructor, and the COAT design This article reports on an inter-institutional project to design, develop, pilot, and evaluate a state-wide online training course for higher education adjunct faculty who are preparing to teach their first online course. We begin with a brief literature review to contextualize the stated problem the project sought to address: the need for quality, accessible training for online adjunct faculty. We then give background information to describe the environment in which the project was situated before detailing the process of designing and piloting the first iteration of the Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT) course. Using a mixed-methods approach (surveys and reflection journals), data were collected from the adjunct faculty who took the COAT course, the COAT instructor, and the COAT design team. The results indicate that the pilot COAT course did meet the perceived needs and expectations of the course participants. We finish by discussing our plans for the next phase of this project.

Author Biographies

Julie Shattuck, Frederick Community College
Distance Learning/English Instructional Designer/Assistant Professor (Current student in Athabasca University's EdD in Distance Education)
Bobbi Dubins, Allegany College of Maryland
Division of Student Development
Diana Zilberman, Baltimore City Community College
Director of Distance Learning
Published
2011-02-28
How to Cite
Shattuck, J., Dubins, B., & Zilberman, D. (2011). MarylandOnline’s inter-institutional project to train higher education adjunct faculty to teach online. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 12(2), 40-61. https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v12i2.933
Section
Research Articles