Presenter: Kriss Ferluga, Davenport University
Numerous studies tell us that interactions between students and instructors factor heavily into student satisfaction with their learning. Seeking to improve student learning experiences through instructor preparedness, Davenport University created Global Campus University (GCU), an online, competency-based, faculty training program that features interaction-driven teaching topics such as teaching strategies, discussions, feedback, and instructor presence.
- Global Campus University (GCU) – Research-driven, competency based training program, skill building, instructor preparing.
- Online instructors are required to complete the GCU. The course is available for 4 weeks.
- Teaching at Davenport (library, experiential learning, formative assessments, Davenport’s excellence system, etc.) and Core Teaching Topics (developing learning objectives, increasing student engagement, establishing instructor presence, providing constructive feedback, flipped classroom, learning styles and teaching strategies, and creating effective course discussions, etc.) are the 2 main content themes in the training.
- The following pedagogical format is followed: learning objectives, topic overview, activity, assessment.
- Student evaluation of teaching surveys are delivered and this was used in developing some of the content for the training. Use a variety of instruction, effective communication, helpful feedback, use examples while teaching, establishing clear expectations.
- Comments too from students was faculty needing improvement in the following area: communication skills, teaching techniques, and sympathize with students.
- Students desired faculty more faculty Blackboard skills.
- Quality matters and peer view are important as well as formative assessment of students of their course experience during the semester.
- While it used to be delivered instructor facilitated and time/place bound, the online training is now competency-based and has brought benefits:
- Outcomes focus
- Variable scheduling (self-paced)
- Fixed assessment criteria