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This initiative is the result of multiple higher education institutions who have worked together in support of online faculty. The launch of this course would not have been possible without each of their participation.
In the fall of 2017, Mountain View College (MVC)
formed a dedicated work group to review best practices in online learning, identify elements of quality in online courses, create documentation to support faculty, and develop a professional development plan. This was part of an effort to continuously improve the quality, scale, and breadth of our online program and course offerings.
The eLearning Work Group reviewed best practices in the field of distance education, evaluated multiple programs to discover common themes, created a set of recommended indicators for online courses, and generated a Faculty Checklist to support faculty teaching online.
MVC and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) partnered to design, develop, and promote a nationally recognized professional development program that supports faculty across higher education institutions. The goals of this partnership and the launch of "Best Practices for Teaching Online" include increasing awareness of best practices, offering open access across higher education institutions, and providing external recognition of successful completion.
Multiple higher education institutions across the United States interviewed online faculty and students to obtain valuable perspectives related to course design and delivery. Their involvement in this faculty professional development program is greatly appreciated.
Instructional material, external resources, and video interviews presented throughout Best Practices for Teaching Online have been developed through a collaborative effort. The following Mountain View College team facilitated this collaboration in partnership with NISOD.
Dr. Lori DoddyVice President of Instruction
Dr. Stephanie ScrogginsExecutive Dean of Social Sciences
Dean Esteban "Steve" SosaDean of eLearning & Instructional Support
Jennifer McGuireInstructional Technologist
Villa VanceLead Instructional Designer
Rebecca McDowellDirector of Professional Development
Jake WangnerMultimedia Specialist
Mountain View College and the LeCroy Center, a district support resource providing instructional design services, have worked together to ensure text material is relevant, supports faculty professional development, and incorporates Open Educational Resources (OER) wherever possible.
Dedicated faculty and support staff across Mountain View College met over the span of multiple semesters to generate the Faculty Checklist and professional development plan. This project would not have been possible without each of their continued support.
Dr. Stephanie Scroggins
Esteban "Steve" Sosa
Best Practices for Teaching Online