Implementing Best Practices for Preparing College Faculty to Teach Online, A Discipline Specific Model
Abstract: Online education offerings continue to grow, creating a demand for more college faculty to teach online. Yet, there exists no gold standard of best practices for training faculty for this task. In addition, there is virtually no representation of discipline specific programs for preparing college faculty to teach online. A literature review reveals common themes in the design and structure of training programs for online faculty. Comparing these common themes to Chickering and Gamson’s 1999 “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education” and Koehler and Mishra’s TPACK framework presents evidence that these common practices may well constitute best practices. This author proposes implementing these best practices into a discipline specific model for training college faculty to teach online (DSOFT model). DSOFT will follow the ADDIE framework of instructional design, completing training over five modules. It is the purpose of this Roundtable Presentation to discuss whether the literature identified best practices align with personal experience as well as the form and content of the DSOFT model.