Faculty Support #4
4 Faculty are provided ongoing professional development related to online teaching and learning.
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iSchool faculty members are provided on-going professional development related to online teaching and learning through the iSchool T3 (Teaching Tips & Techniques) Teaching Workshops.
The iSchool T3 (Teaching Tips & Techniques) Teaching Workshops series was introduced during the Fall 2012 semester as a tool to help faculty learn about the latest technologies, learn from colleagues, and effectively teach and engage students in learning. The online sessions are led by iSchool colleagues and librarians who have found interesting ways to use existing services and technologies. Debbie Faires, our School’s Director of Online Learning, and Dr. Sue Alman, iSchool Lecturer, coordinate the T3 Teaching Workshops. The sessions are recorded so that those who cannot attend synchronously can listen later.
The School and the University provide several resources to help faculty members incorporate new ideas into their teaching. The University's OLC membership provides access to current written materials as well as reduced pricing on conference and workshop attendance.
San José State University is a member of Quality Matters (QM), an organization that features a faculty driven, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online courses. The QM rubric of standards is widely recognized as a guide to quality online course design. Membership in QM also includes access to training and professional development materials regarding online teaching. The iSchool is using QM as a "train the trainer" opportunity. Several iSchool faculty members have completed QM training modules and have shared important principles in faculty T3 workshops.
Development opportunities are also provided in other formats such as highlights pointing to written materials. Each month, the Director of Online Learning distributes the table of contents of the recent issue of Online Classroom to all faculty members. This newsletter features articles on effectively incorporating technology into online teaching and learning. She also sends Tech Tips once or twice a semester to all faculty teaching that semester. The iSchool’s library liaison sends information to the faculty about new materials and databases that are particularly applicable to online learning. Notifications of upcoming online webinars and workshops are periodically shared with the faculty.