Conference Presentations

Instructional Technology Council (ITC) eLearning 2014 Conference

Title: 
From Practice Field to Playing Field:Training Faculty to Teach Online and Observing their Subsequent Teaching Practice

This presentation focuses on the results of a research study that evaluated whether an inter-institutional training program effectively helped prepare higher education faculty to teach online. The program this study evaluated was MarylandOnline's Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT) course which was designed to address a challenge many institutions face: the need to provide quality training for experienced adjunct faculty wishing to transition to teaching online. Following an extensive research and development process that included faculty, instructional designers, and administrators from multiple institutions, the course was piloted as a nine-week, fully online course in 2008 and since then nearly 600 full-time faculty, adjuncts, instructional designers, and administrators from the United States, Australia, and France have completed the course. Both experienced and novice online instructors have participated in the course.

This presentation gives a brief overview and history of the COAT course and reports on a research study that focused on evaluating whether the COAT course had any impact on participants' later teaching practice. Alumni from 11 of the course sections participated in a mixed-methods study that included a questionnaire, focus groups, observations of online courses, and interviews with course instructors. Expected and unexpected outcomes of the study are discussed and design principles for online faculty professional development are presented. An online observation protocol and tool is presented that emerged from the research process.

Presenter(s): 
Julie Shattuck

Association of Faculties for the Advancement of Community College Teaching (January 9, 2014)

Title: 
Preparing to Teach Online: MarylandOnline's Inter-Institutional Faculty Training Project (COAT)

Abstract: Do you have the skills needed to teach online?  In this session, MarylandOnline, a consortium of 20 community colleges and senior institutions in Maryland, shares key instructor competencies covered by its international faculty training project "COAT- Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching."  The COAT course was designed to address the challenge of providing quality training for faculty wishing to transition to teaching online.  As enrollment in online courses increases, institutions (especially community colleges) struggle to provide quality training for instructors. The COAT course is fully online, offered year round, and available to anyone. 

In addition to discussing the skills and competencies needed in order to teach successfully online, this session will relate competencies covered by the COAT course to the needs and interests of session attendees.   Common questions include "What skills do you need to teach online?",  "What are some best practices for teaching online?" and "How do I get started teaching online?"

View the PowerPoint presentation at http://www.slideshare.net/afacct/410dubins

Presenter(s): 
Bobbi Dubins

United States Distance Learning Association, St. Louis, MO (April 28, 2013)

This session explores online instructor competencies based upon research and content from MarylandOnline’s inter-institutional “Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT)" faculty training project.  The session begins with a brief overview of  how research informed the design and content of the course, reasons for focusing on adjunct faculty, core competencies covered in the course, and participant demographics and feedback.  We will then relate the competencies covered by the COAT course to the needs and interests of session attendees.  Using group techniques, we will identify and explore questions of interest to session attendees.  Attendees will participate in interactive activities and utilize real time technology tools as they relate their interests to COAT course content.

Presenter(s): 
Bobbi Dubins and Diana Zilberman

Association of Faculties for Advancement of Community College Teaching (AFACCT), Frederick Community College (January 10, 2013)

Title: 
Training Adjunct Faculty to Teach Online: MarylandOnline's Inter-Institutional Approach

Abstract: This presentation will briefly describe the research conducted in order to determine COAT course competencies (competencies needed by online instructors) and how the research informed the development and implementation of the course as an inter-institutional project. Course competencies, highlights, and key features will be shared, along with feedback from over 300 instructors (25% of whom were full time) from 20 states and 2 countries who have completed the course to date.

Attendees will come away from this session with an understanding of the key competencies covered in the COAT course, information on the competencies identified by the COAT research (including where to find the complete list of competencies online), and information on how to participate in/benefit from the COAT project.

Presenter(s): 
Bobbi Dubins and Carole Redline

Maryland Consortium for Adjunct Faculty Professional Development, Maryland (October 10, 2012)

Title: 
MarylandOnline's Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT): Lessons Learned and Next Steps

Abstract: This presentation focuses on MarylandOnline's "Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching" (COAT) project. COAT is a higher education, inter-institutional project focused on how to provide quality training for adjunct faculty wanting to make the transition to teaching online. We provide a brief history of the project beginning in 2008, discuss details and outcomes of the inter-institutional implementation of the COAT course in 2010-2012 including lessons learned, discuss current research and next steps.

Presenter(s): 
Julie Shattuck

3rd Annual Quality Matters Conference, Baltimore, MD (October 2011)

Title: 
MOL Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching Project

MarylandOnline’s “Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching” (COAT) project is an inter-institutional project to provide quality training for experienced higher education instructors who wish to transition to teaching online. While Quality Matters focuses on the design of online courses, COAT focuses on the delivery of online courses. Based upon research, the COAT course was designed by an inter-institutional team of instructional designers, faculty, and distance learning professionals, all of whom were experienced QM peer or master reviewers. COAT is a nine-week QM-certified, online course that is facilitated by an experienced online instructor.  The COAT course was originally designed for adjunct faculty.  However, most of the course content is also relevant to full time faculty.  A brief background of the project, key features of the course, competencies covered in the course, and summarized outcomes of the project to date will be discussed.

Presenter(s): 
Bobbi Dubins, Julie Shattuck, and Diana Zilberman

Instructional Technology Council (ITC) Webinar (July 13, 2011)

Title: 
MarylandOnline's Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT) Project

This presentation focuses on a multi-institutional pilot project to create an online course to train experienced adjunct faculty how to teach online. Four areas are discussed: logistics of establishing possible shared training for independently governed institutions; the course design and development process and the resulting course; reflections on teaching the course; and how evaluation data informed recommendations for the project's future.

Topics include 1) logistics of setting up a shared, inter-institutional online course, 2) how design and development of the course was accomplished at a distance with design team members from six different institutions, 3) how research informed the design and content of the course, and 4) course evaluation results. We conclude by discussing how our experiences on this project may be of use to other institutions.

Maryland Distance Learning Association Annual Spring Conference (March 3, 2011)

Title: 
MarylandOnline's Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT) Project

This presentation includes a brief description of the year one research (literature review and survey of Maryland institutions) and how year one's research informed year two's (2009-2010) design of the nine-week online training course which was piloted in spring 2010. We then demonstrate key components of the course, and share the evaluation results of the 2010 pilot course from the perspectives of the eighteen Maryland adjunct faculty members who took the course and the course instructor.

A description of what the COAT project is doing in year three (2010-2011) includes course offerings in fall 2010, spring and summer 2011; dissemination of COAT project information both internally in Maryland and externally; and plans for year four (2011-2012).

Presenter(s): 
Bobbi Dubins, Julie Shattuck, and Diana Zilberman

Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning (November, 2010)

Title: 
Training Adjunct Faculty to Teach Online: MarylandOnline's Pilot Inter-institutional Approach

Abstract: This presentation focuses on a multi-institutional pilot project to create a course to train adjunct faculty how to teach online. Four areas are discussed: logistics of establishing possible shared training for independently governed institutions; course development process/product; teaching the course; and how evaluation data informed recommendations for the project's future.

Presenter(s): 
Julie Shattuck, Mary Beth Graham, and Diana Zilberman

26th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, Wisconsin (August 2009)

Title: 
Training Instructors to Teach Online: Research on Competencies and Best Practices

Abstract: The presenters will share the results of research conducted on competencies needed by online instructors in order to be effective. Research included a review of current literature in the field of distance learning and a review of the content and program structure of 17 established, formal online instructor training programs in higher education from across the nation. The research was funded by Maryland Online.

Link to Presentation: http://www.uwex.edu/disted/conference/Resource_library/search_detail.cfm?presid=20433

Presenter(s): 
Bobbi Dubins and Peggy Storm-Muller

Maryland Distance Learning Association Annual Spring Conference (March 5, 2009)

Title: 
A Statewide Online Teaching Certificate? - Research Results

Abstract: The Instructional Design Affinity Group (IDAG) received a grant from Maryland Online (MOL) in 2008 to fund a research project. The purpose of the project was to 1) research content (competencies) and current best practices in established formal online instructor training programs, and 2) research interest Maryland institutions may have in the development of a statewide online teaching certificate for instructors in higher education. This session outlines the results of the research, including a) the results of a literature review conducted on online teaching competencies, b) a baseline rubric of online instructor core competencies developed from the results of the literature review, c) research on the content and structure of seventeen currently established online instructor training programs from across the nation, and d) results of a survey of Maryland higher education institutions. The Maryland survey gathered information about potential interest in a statewide online teaching certificate program, current training topics and delivery methods, and availability of training to full time and adjunct faculty. We conclude with the recommendations IDAG presented to MOL.

Presenter(s): 
Bobbi Dubins, Julie Shattuck, and Karen Rubinstein