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Supporting Faculty in Developing Online Course Proficiencies

Online courses are now an integral part of most institutions' options for students to complete academic requirements. In this short course, we will examine four areas directly aligned with online teaching proficiency: readiness for teaching online, online course competencies, stages of adoption, and models of supporting faculty development. Participants will share institutional challenges and strategies that have been used to overcome these issues.

NOTE: Participants will be asked to complete assignments in between the course segments that support the learning objectives stated below and will receive feedback and constructive critique from the course facilitator on how to improve and shape their work.

Learning Objectives

During this ELI Short Course, participants will:

  • Analyze and select online teaching competencies that most closely meet institutional needs.
  • Understand the complexity of identifying online teaching readiness.
  • Determine needs among faculty at different levels of competence.
  • Articulate a plan for supporting faculty as they acquire competencies.
  • Select a model to support development of faculty skills.

Short Course Facilitator

Patricia McGee

Patricia McGee

Patricia McGee is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, USA. She has coordinated three graduate programs: Adult Learning and Higher Education, Digital Learning Design, and Instructional Technology. Having directed several technology and teaching grants, she has also worked as research faculty through the Office of Naval Research, Air Force Research Laboratory, and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (formerly NLII) studying emerging technologies and learning systems in higher education, particularly those used in distributed learning environments. Additionally, she has received a United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Gold Award for Online Technology in Higher Education. She has served as a Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer since 2007. Dr. McGee is an active consultant and invited speaker in the areas of strategies for the development of online and blended courses, and pedagogically sound applications of digital tools and resources that support learning. Her most recent work examines storytelling as an instructional method and eCollaboration.

Guest Speakers

  • Colleen Carmean, Assistant Chancellor for Instructional Technologies, University of Washington at Tacoma
  • Jean Mandernach, Research Professor and Director of Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching, Grand Canyon University
  • Deborah L. Windes, Associate Professor of Business, Trinity Christian College


Tuning In

On June 4, all registered participants will receive an e-mail message with your username and password. If you register after June 4, you will receive a personal e-mail.

On the day of the event, you will:

  • Go to the Adobe Connect website.
  • Select Enter with your login and password.
  • Type in your username and password from the registration e-mail.

Listen to the session through your computer speakers. If you have any audio difficulties, please visit our Adobe Connect Frequently Asked Questions page. If you continue to have audio issues, please send a message to EDUCAUSE Help in the Chat and Ask Questions pod during the session.

Course Format

Presentations will be offered live inside a virtual learning space that's designed to promote interaction between the presenters and participants while exploring the content. Participants will have ample opportunity to pose questions to the facilitators and presenters, review real-life institutional examples, and learn about current practices.

Technical Information

Presentations for the online seminar will be offered in real time inside an Adobe Connect virtual learning space. where participants can answer polls, submit questions, and communicate with colleagues using the chat feature. Learn More >

Contact Information

For registration and other questions about this event, please contact EDUCAUSE Member Services:

For questions regarding technology requirements or if you experience any technical issues, please use e-mail

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