Encouraging senior university faculty members to move their teaching content online: we CAN teach old dogs new tricks!
Abstract: As universities worldwide embrace the absolute requirement to offer more and more content in a blended or fully-online environment, those charged with equipping current academic staff to prepare to develop and present materials, and to engage their students effectively in this environment continue to face an uphill battle. The expectation that senior and mid-career academics will easily embrace new methods of course delivery has been dashed for most institutions. The two primary barriers to their acceptance of the new environment and willingness to complete the heavy lifting of course conversion are a lack of technical skills and a lack of time to prepare robust and complex online materials. This session explores a model employed at the University of Newcastle, Australia, where central, systematic support and training, along with fair compensation, is finally beginning to turn this trend around and see seasoned academics embrace the opportunties of teaching in an online environment.