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Dr. D & the Apollo Lounge: Innovative Ideas for Faculty Development Janet Gubbins & Dr. D & the Apollo Lounge: Innovative Ideas for Faculty Development Janet Gubbins & Chris Fearrington University of West Georgia

Common Training Model • Herding (group workshops) • One-on-one assistance Common Training Model • Herding (group workshops) • One-on-one assistance

Common Patterns • Same faculty faces over and over • Doesn’t reach the large Common Patterns • Same faculty faces over and over • Doesn’t reach the large majority • Time and personnel intensive

Overview 1. Last year’s findings; how do faculty really learn to teach online? 2. Overview 1. Last year’s findings; how do faculty really learn to teach online? 2. Resulting 5 new initiatives 3. New Research 4. Implications – future direction

How Faculty Really Learn Total Time Spent in Various Preparation How Faculty Really Learn Total Time Spent in Various Preparation

How Faculty Really Learn • On their own through readings, tutorials • “In the How Faculty Really Learn • On their own through readings, tutorials • “In the hall” assistance from other faculty • Just-in-time support • Experience, experience

Innovative Ideas Initial Research Dr. D Apollo A Follow-up Research ROI? Scalability? Effectiveness? Result: Innovative Ideas Initial Research Dr. D Apollo A Follow-up Research ROI? Scalability? Effectiveness? Result: 2 programs expanded and new initiatives begun…

Innovative Ideas Their turf; their terms; Facilitate community *Dr. D House calls Apollo Program Innovative Ideas Their turf; their terms; Facilitate community *Dr. D House calls Apollo Program Join forces Centralized Calendar Arm the infantry Staff/Student Training Entice leaders to lead & recruit Odyssey Mentor Program; *Apollo Awards

Dr. D House Calls Their turf; their terms… Last year, staff dressed as Dr. Dr. D House Calls Their turf; their terms… Last year, staff dressed as Dr. D and Dr. D expanded: made house calls by • 1 per week request, to faculty requirement offices for 30 min. • Virtual visits for off-campus sessions faculty • Check-ups via phone

Dr. D House Calls Unintended Results: • Found out stuff we didn’t know that Dr. D House Calls Unintended Results: • Found out stuff we didn’t know that we didn’t know • Attracted many newcomers

Dr. D House Calls Research: – Phone surveys – Comparison of retention, usage, & Dr. D House Calls Research: – Phone surveys – Comparison of retention, usage, & scalability vs. workshops

Dr. D House Calls Results: • More likely to retain & use • Reaches Dr. D House Calls Results: • More likely to retain & use • Reaches more diverse set of faculty-1 st hand & 2 nd • Unintended valuable qualitative info distance. westga. edu/webct 05/data. htm

Dr. D House Calls More likely to retain & use: Recalled Trainer (s) & Dr. D House Calls More likely to retain & use: Recalled Trainer (s) & Topics Dr D Workshop 92% 87. 5% Use increased 100% 60% 100% 70% Incorporated course into distance. westga. edu/webct 05/data. htm

Dr. D House Calls Shared knowledge Dr D Workshop Told peers about service 78% Dr. D House Calls Shared knowledge Dr D Workshop Told peers about service 78% 65% Taught others 78% 60% distance. westga. edu/webct 05/data. htm

Dr. D House Calls Increased diversity: 45% of Dr D participants never attended a Dr. D House Calls Increased diversity: 45% of Dr D participants never attended a workshop or sought other training from the DE dept. (25 of 55) 75% of those were from highest need college (18 of 25) distance. westga. edu/webct 05/data. htm

Apollo Program THEN: The Apollo Program was a program by which faculty could win Apollo Program THEN: The Apollo Program was a program by which faculty could win an award by being informal mentors to others… UWG’s Apollo Award: Attend 3 workshops & certify use Teach 2 courses in a yr Present to fellow faculty

Apollo Program NOW: This year a series of informal socials in the “Apollo Café”, Apollo Program NOW: This year a series of informal socials in the “Apollo Café”, helped to facilitate a community of learners. Free food & prizes; open to 1 st 20 faculty – informal with only a list of suggested topics

Apollo Program Phone survey results: • 3 unsolicited kudos for allowing informal opp to Apollo Program Phone survey results: • 3 unsolicited kudos for allowing informal opp to collaborate & meet other DE fac Observation: • Many 1 st timers 1 st drawn in by Café and then attended training

Centralized Calendar “In the halls” we learned many faculty still did not know whom Centralized Calendar “In the halls” we learned many faculty still did not know whom to go to for what assistance. ANSWER: All tech training on a centralized calendar, without taking away autonomy. www. westga. edu/~training

Student/Staff Training “In the halls” we learned faculty most often rely on closest/safest options Student/Staff Training “In the halls” we learned faculty most often rely on closest/safest options secretaries & student workers; and that trying to find help for tech-inept students is a major obstacle. ANSWER: Offered group, one-on-one extended, and Dr. D training specifically for these people. Promoted new student/student mentor program.

Student/Staff Training Phone survey results: “Web. CT for Secretaries” most productive. Shared knowledge Dr Student/Staff Training Phone survey results: “Web. CT for Secretaries” most productive. Shared knowledge Dr D Workshop # told about services (adjusted minus sec. impact) 37 41 (26) # taught (adjusted minus sec. impact) 25 34 (22)

What Next? Success: • attracting new faculty • improving quality of courses Remaining need: What Next? Success: • attracting new faculty • improving quality of courses Remaining need: • full programs online

Odyssey Mentor Program “In the halls” we learned it may not be just faculty Odyssey Mentor Program “In the halls” we learned it may not be just faculty resistance but Chair resistance. Ex. “My Chair won’t let me because…” ANSWER: Formal Recognition; VP endorsement; Ground -swell of numbers

Odyssey Mentor Program • • Not yet funded 7 mentors - $1000 stipend 3 Odyssey Mentor Program • • Not yet funded 7 mentors - $1000 stipend 3 mentees each - $300 for Summer institute & teaching 1 distance course Website under construction – distance. westga. edu/odyssey/

Future Plans? • Identifying true program needs • Careful planning & marketing • More Future Plans? • Identifying true program needs • Careful planning & marketing • More cheerleading!

Future Plans? • Improve Self-Teaching Options • Improve online tutorials with interactivity – NOT Future Plans? • Improve Self-Teaching Options • Improve online tutorials with interactivity – NOT just “View” but “Do” – List rotating topics at login point - ex – Possibly tie in w/ tracking, quizzes, surveys, & automated certificates of success • Email tip of the week

Future Plans? • Collaborate • Don’t lose sight of the objectives • We’re all Future Plans? • Collaborate • Don’t lose sight of the objectives • We’re all on the same side

Your future? • Get out there and talk to all the faculty, not just Your future? • Get out there and talk to all the faculty, not just the regulars • Recruit faculty recruiters

Your future? • Assessment • Accept one size does not fit all • Always Your future? • Assessment • Accept one size does not fit all • Always look for new ideas – be original!

Review • Last year’s findings; how do faculty really learn to teach online? • Review • Last year’s findings; how do faculty really learn to teach online? • Resulting 5 new initiatives • Research on Dr D program • Implications/ future direction

Ideas? Questions? Janet or Chris distance@westga. edu Ideas? Questions? Janet or Chris [email protected] edu