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1 MAGNA ONLINE SEMINARS Training and Supporting Online Adjuncts: Practical Ideas Thursday, September 25, :00 PM 1:00 PM (Eastern) 11:00 AM 12:00 PM (Central) 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (Mountain) 9:00 AM 10:00 AM (Pacific) (Times listed refer to daylight saving time.) Presented by: Dr. Kimberly Hardy

2 Today s presenter: Dr. Kimberly Hardy serves as the dean of Instruction and Student Success for the Open Campus of Florida Community College at Jacksonville. In addition to teaching online courses in education and technology, Dr. Hardy works with distance learning, military, and accelerated programs. She has an extensive background in distance education and technology, and previously worked as a consultant and senior analyst for a national higher education consulting firm, as well as for the statewide Florida Distance Learning Consortium. Dr. Hardy earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education with a specialty in Instructional Systems from Florida State University, a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Boston College. Want to ask the presenter a question? If you d like to ask the instructor a question at any time during today s live seminar, simply click on the Ask? button at the top left of your computer screen. A text box will open, and you can type in your question there. A moderator will read participant questions during selected breaks. Need tech help? Please visit: or call Customer Service at (800)

3 Thank you for participating in today s program. Upcoming Seminars: Join us in the future for our other informative online seminars: October 1, 2008: Using a Template to Assist Faculty in Online Course Development December 15, 2008: Rebroadcast: Quality Matters: Does Your Online Course Meet the Standards? For complete descriptions and to register for events, call or visit our website at Magna Publications Corporate Overview Magna Publications has been a valued knowledge and information resource within the higher education community for more than 30 years. We publish eight national newsletters: The Teaching Professor Academic Leader Magna s Campus Legal Briefing Recruitment and Retention in Higher Education Distance Education Report Online Classroom The Edutech Report Student Affairs Leader In addition, we produce four national higher education conferences, several student leader weekend retreats, and numerous online seminars. Additional information about Magna Publications is available at

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5 Training and Supporting Online Adjuncts: Practical Ideas Presented by: Dr. Kimberly Hardy Dean of Instruction and Student Success Florida Community College at Jacksonville 1 It takes a village to raise a child. - African proverb 2

6 Overview FCCJ Distance Learning Overview Adjunct Instructor Retention Creating a Network of Support 10 Practical Ideas Building Communities Professional Development, Training, and Certification Proactive and Consistent Communication Social and Technical Support Discussion and Questions 3 Virtual Adjunct Faculty FCCJ sdistance learning program includes approximately: 300 virtual adjuncts; 100 full-time faculty 60% of virtual adjuncts reside outside of Florida New adjuncts are hired each term Many work in their field and/or teach at other institutions 4

7 Virtual Adjunct Faculty Currently located in 38 states 5 FCCJ Virtual Adjuncts Note: Summer terms not included in chart, though adjuncts mirror the increasing trends of Fall and Spring terms. 6

8 FCCJ Online Enrollment 16,000 14,000 12,000 10,000 8,000 6,000 4,000 2,000 0 Note: Summer terms not included in chart, though enrollments mirror the increasing trends of Fall and Spring terms. 7 Instructor Retention Retention of quality instructors Competition with other colleges Creative and alternative methods of retention, particularly if compensation is not as competitive 8

9 Creating a Network of Support 10 Practical Ideas Building Communities Professional Development, Training, and Certification Proactive and Consistent Communication Social and Technical Support 9 Building Communities Online Orientation for New Adjuncts Topics include: FCCJ course policies and procedures, including deadlines for grade submissions and other timelines Syllabus Components and Submissions Virtual College resources and links Textbook information and proctored testing procedures Contract information 10

10 Building Communities Online Orientation for New Adjuncts Currently hosted in Blackboard Variety of presentation styles, including text, audio, and video Assessments provided at the end of each section to ensure comprehension of information 11 Building Communities Provide something memorable New this year: Provide each new adjunct with an FCCJ memory stick with all of the information provided in the New Adjunct Orientation. Other low cost options include CDs, pens, notepads, highlighters, etc. 12

11 Building Communities V-Compass Hosted as a Blackboard community organization Discipline discussion forums, such as Social Sciences, Humanities, Math, Business, Physical Sciences, etc. Open topic forums, such as proctored testing, web resources, online pedagogy, etc. Administrative forum with calendars and course management information 13 Building Communities V-Compass Syllabus submission for each term Mentor and DLO staff information, including photos of each member and direct contact information Resources, such as video tutorials, reference guides, and training opportunities One-stop shop for online adjuncts 14

12 Professional Development Includes Training and Certification Opportunities Offered through Florida Community College University (FCCU) Free for FCCJ staff and faculty (both full-time and part-time) Certificate programs include: Hybrid/Blended Online Traditional Classroom 15 Professional Development Online Professor Certificate Program Training is available online through Blackboard Courses include: Developing Interactive Web-Based Courses Blackboard, Multimedia Capstone: Creative Online Course Development and Teaching Serve as an Online Mentor for others Upon completion, adjuncts receive an honorarium of $500 and increase in pay per course 16

13 Online Adjunct Handbook Developed by Office of Organizational Learning Services (OLS) Provides online learning philosophy and mission Instructional policies and practices Syllabus and Instructor guidelines and examples Copyright guidelines, online resources Also included in V-Compass for easy access 17 Professional Development Professional Development and Certification (including Online Professor Certificate Program) profdev/catalog/fac_cert.html Faculty Handbook foronline Course Development andonline Teaching hdbk.pdf 18

14 Consistent Communication V-Compass Virtual Staff Meetings Recognition of adjunct accomplishments, announcements, pertinent information 19 Proactive Communication Webinars and Podcasts (both live and prerecorded) Conduct these each fall with online adjuncts Include welcome from Campus/College president, overview of resources, professional development opportunities, etc. Utilize both live audio and video; pre-recorded video, and PowerPoint materials 20

15 Proactive Communication Opportunity for adjuncts to ask questions Use of Elluminateallows adjuncts to participate either by text chat or audio/video Allows for file-sharing and recording of Convocation for future viewing View an example of our first live Virtual Convocation (2006) at: 21 Social Support Online Peer Mentoring Program Supports new online adjuncts during their first term teaching at FCCJ; Option to continue into second term Mentors are experienced online instructors with the Distance Learning office (either full-time or part-time) Each mentor could mentor up to 10 adjuncts each term 22

16 Social Support Online Peer Mentoring Program Mentors serve a variety of roles, including: Liaison with new adjuncts and distance learning office Technical Support with navigating through College systems, such as Blackboard Information resource for College-specific guidelines and requirements Emotional support in terms of encouragement and advice 23 Social Support Online Peer Mentoring Program Assignments based on academic discipline background and technical expertise Lead Mentor/Associate Dean coordinates assignments and virtual meetings with mentors Used to be paid with stipends per mentee; due to funding issues, currently on a volunteer basis FCCJ Virtual Mentoring Program: 24

17 Technical Support Audio/Video Tutorial Demonstrations Compatible with both PC and Mac computers Available in both multimedia and text-based (.pdf) Topics include: Office 2007 Uploading and managing items in Blackboard Posting discussion topics Creating, copying and archiving courses 25 Technical Support Watch It Network Videos of How-to s by instructors Topics include a variety of areas in Blackboard 26

18 Technical Support Faculty Resource Center Staffed by the Distance Learning Office Available to assist with creating videos, podcasts, narrated PowerPoint presentations, converting videos, etc. Learner Support Center/Technical Help Desk Available 7 days/week, covering 85 hours/week Offers support via phone (including 800 number), , and fax 27 Where to Begin? Size of program (both students and faculty) Research available resources: Help Desk TV studio (either on-campus or local) Professional Development and Training Distance Learning Full-time faculty Course platform and available software 28

19 Where to Begin? Mentor Program Can be volunteer and easily assigned based on need Community Forum Depending on course platform, may already be available Alternatives include free sites such as Moodle, Google, Yahoo Microsoft Sharepoint also an option 29 Where to Begin? Communication Regular newsletters and s Weekly/monthly podcasts or videocasts Teleconferencing, if do not have access to webcasting tools, for interactive discussion Technical Support Tutorials can be easily developed with inexpensive or free software, such as Captivate or Jing 30

20 Questions and Discussion 31 Presenter Information Kimberly Hardy, Ph.D. Dean of Instruction and Student Success Open Campus Florida Community College at Jacksonville (904)

21 Training and Supporting Online Adjuncts: Practical Ideas September 25, 2007 Online Resources Professional Development and Certification (including Online Professor Certificate Program) Faculty Handbook for Online Course Development and Online Teaching View an example of our first live Virtual Convocation (2006) FCCJ Virtual Mentoring Program: Audio/Video Tutorial Demonstrations Watch It Network Learner Support Center/Technical Help Desk Resources and Presentation provided by: Dr. Kimberly Hardy Dean of Instruction and Student Success Florida Community College at Jacksonville

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