Training and Communities of Practice to Promote Online Teaching and Learning Professional Development in Faculty
Abstract: This brief practice paper describes the process and structure of a faculty professional development program that prepares faculty members to teach online. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, it made higher education institutions engage in emergency remote teaching (ERT). As the pandemic continued, faculty members experienced a need to use online teaching and learning and instructional design principles to successfully teach students during the rest of the year. Although ERT was the first online teaching experience for many faculty members, it does not give them all the resources they need to succeed at it. For this reason, it is important to create professional development programs that focus on online teaching and learning, beyond ERT. This paper will show in detail the process to develop this type of faculty professional development in a higher education teaching institution.