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Professional Development: Designing Initiatives to Meet the Needs of Online Faculty

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Journal of Educators Online Volume 12, Number 1, ISSN 1547-500X Publisher: Journal of Educators Online


The increasing prevalence of online courses mandates an examination of the similarities--and differences--in the faculty training and development needs of those teaching online. With institutions facing increasingly limited resources, there is a need to prioritize faculty development initiatives that will encourage faculty participation. An examination of interest, attendance and completion rates of faculty development initiatives targeting online faculty revealed no distinct preferences in relation to the focus or format of programs offered. The authors recommend offering flexibility and diversity in faculty development initiatives to accommodate the disparate needs of a remote, heterogeneous faculty population; as such, a sample needs assessment is offered to help guide faculty development programming to support online teaching.


Elliott, M., Rhoades, N., Jackson, C.M. & Mandernach, B.J. (2015). Professional Development: Designing Initiatives to Meet the Needs of Online Faculty. Journal of Educators Online, 12(1),. Retrieved May 25, 2020 from .

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