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, comprised of dedicated faculty and support staff across the institution, reviewed best practices in the field of distance education. The work group evaluated multiple programs to discover common criteria, created a set of recommended categories for online courses, and generated a faculty checklist to support faculty teaching online at MVC.
Designed as a self-support resource the faculty checklist provides a standardized set of attributes, 17 in total, that support student success in online courses. The checklist includes attributes (simple YES/NO checkboxes) related to Course Overview, Design and Layout, Course Alignment, Learner Engagement, and Universal Design and Accessibility. Utilization of the checklist is part of a continuous effort to support quality in online course design.
"Best Practices for Teaching Online" will be designed and developed in a continued collaborative effort and feature faculty and students across NISOD member institutions. This professional development program will be delivered via a competency-based online course, to be developed during summer and fall 2018, with an official launch date set for early 2019.
A competency-based online course, collaboratively developed, featuring online students and faculty at multiple institutions, and officially recognized by NISOD!
As recommended by the eLearning Work Group, MVC and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) are joining forces to design, develop, and promote a nationally recognized professional development program that supports faculty and instructional initiatives. The idea of this partnership is to increase awareness of best practices at higher education institution across the country and provide external recognition to online faculty via NISOD.
The official announcement occurred at the NISOD 2018 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence and a joint press release was released shortly thereafter. If interested in being a part of the first cohort of MVC faculty to successfully complete this program and receive national recognition, please initiate a conversation with your Instructional Dean. If you are a NISOD member institution wishing to collaborate and feature a faculty and student at your institution, please reach out to
Steve Sosa, Dean of eLearning and Instructional Support.
Best Practices for Teaching Online