UAF eCampus Faculty Development Opportunities
UAF eCampus offers many different ways for faculty to improve their courses. Here are just a few of opportunities we offer!
Summer 2020 Opportunities
Spring 2020 brought unexpected change, upset, and challenges worldwide. In the world of higher education, faculty and students have been thrown into emergency transition from in-person to remote teaching and learning. This summer, UAF eCampus wants to support UAF faculty as they find their footing in distance-based teaching. Join us for a week of training in the foundations of distance learning, or drop in on a Community Seminar or Q&A with experienced online teachers. Explore, apply, and sign-up using the tabbed options below.
Not seeing what you need? Contact Kendell Newman Sadiik (email@example.com) for more help.
Foundations & Innovations in Distance Learning (May + July)
Level Up is a fully online week-long learning experience for UAF teachers looking to level up their abilities as remote or online instructors. Through a mix of synchronous training sessions and asynchronous dialogue and collaboration, participants will explore multiple approaches to distance-based learning and the opportunities associated with each. Participants will be grouped into cohorts based on interests/specialties, and each cohort will work with a dedicated instructional designer. Participants should expect to spend 25 hours over the course of the week on the program, including 1-2 hours synchronously each day (sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend).
At the end of this program, teachers will be equipped to make confident choices about course modality, learning tools, and teaching practices in both synchronous and asynchronous virtual environments. Teachers will build relationships with peers and instructional designers with the option of continued support through the summer.
Applications open for July 6-10.
iTeach Online offers foundational training in online course design. Through a series of 5 modules, faculty start to build a solid online course founded in current research and relevant learning experiences.
In summer 2020, UAF eCampus is releasing a self-paced version of iTeach Online. Teachers work through the materials themselves, get feedback fro experienced instructional designers, and are eligible for a certificate upon completion.
Self-paced modules are now available by self enrolling in the course following the link below.
Community Seminars in Teaching, Research, and Learning
Community Seminars in Teaching, Research, and Learning invites UAF teachers to learn from one another. Seminars are led by faculty who’ve had success with a particular aspect of or approach to teaching and learning — i.e. Active Learning, Student Engagement, Online Discussions, Accessibility, etc. By sharing their successes and engaging in dialogue with participants, teachers learn in community.
Community Seminars are online every other Tuesday at 1-2pm (beginning June 2).
Showcase Courses is an exciting new presentation series highlighting quality online courses at UAF. UAF eCampus’s Design Team has selected a handful of the best online courses that UAF has to offer and is giving UAF teachers access to explore these courses themselves. Two of the courses will be featured each month throughout the summer, and the UAF community will be invited to biweekly Q&A’s with the course instructors. Showcase Courses are here to model and to inspire — explore on your own time or join us for a community conversation every other Friday throughout the summer.
Showcase Course Q&A’s are every other Friday at 10-11am (beginning June 12).
Unsure about teaching online? Ready to dive deeper into grant writing? Looking for balance in your family and work lives? UAF is launching a new, university-wide mentoring program in Summer 2020. Mentoring pairs will be made based on shared interest and mentoring goals. You might be an expert classroom teacher, but looking for guidance in managing your teaching responsibilities with wellness and self-care. We have mentors for these specific needs, and we’re looking for more.
Are you able to offer mentorship to a peer? Contact Madara Mason (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get involved.
Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-driven peer review process that is focused on quality improvement for online courses. The QM certification is nationally recognized and is backed by research-based standards. UAF offers QM training opportunities on Applying the Online Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) and Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) for professional development. Both trainings are fully online and require 8-10 hours of work/week from participants. More about Quality Matters.
The Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshop explores the Quality Matters Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses. Participants use the rubric to review their own online/blended course and develop a course improvement plan.
The Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) workshop supports faculty learning more about the QM rubric and how it is used in course reviews.
OLC Innovate: Virtual Conference (June 15-26)
UAF has purchased an institutional pass to the Online Learning Consortium’s OLC Innovate Virtual Conference, happening June 15-26.
“Advancing education innovation requires continuous visionary leadership from all disciplines. And that’s why we’re inviting you to join us for this fully online, virtual conference. Together we will challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow.”
Digital Pedagogy Lab: Virtual Conference (July 26-August 2)
UAF eCampus has a limited number of seats available for the Digital Pedagogy Lab (DPL), happening online July 26 – August 2.
“Critical pedagogy forms the foundation of our approach at Digital Pedagogy Lab, and the foundation of the pedagogies that we advocate. The Lab has always been primarily concerned with the facility of online and digital learning, and especially with the ways that educational technology and instructional design make space for, or do not make space for, student agency and liberative pedagogies. As the Lab has continued to grow, our focus has widened to include issues of access, disability, equity, student rights, teacher agency, and the representation of unheard and silenced voices in education.”
Learn more about Digital Pedagogy Lab 2020. Interested in attending? Email Kendell Newman Sadiik (email@example.com).
More UAF eCampus Programming
CITE Fellows: the Chancellor’s Innovation in Technology and Elearning Fellowship
CITE Fellows are chosen through both nominations and a competitive interview process. We’re looking for faculty who are creative and energetic risk-takers. Although we ask for tenured, tenure-track, and term faculty, we aren’t necessarily looking for experienced faculty. We strive each year to build a community of Fellows, each of whom brings something different to the cohort: years of teaching experience, a fresh take on traditional pedagogies, a passion for interdisciplinarity, or fascination with technology. What we want is fellows who are prepared to innovate, collaborate, and lead. Who is that person in your academic community? Please make sure you speak to your nominee prior to submitting your nomination. The expectations of a CITE Fellow are high and the activities create an additional workload for any faculty member.
Faculty fully participating in CITE Fellows activities are eligible for the following benefits:
- Travel Stipends
- Cutting Edge Technology Tools
- Eligibility for Financial Incentives & Awards
- Specialized Workshops & Training
- Cohort activities sponsored by UAF eCampus
- Significant Instructional Design Partnerships & Support
- UAF eCampus Advocacy
About Faculty Learning Communities
Faculty Learning Communities are emerging from a partnership between the Instructional Design Team, the Provost’s Faculty Development Team, and the Faculty Development and Improvement Committee. The first few communities are currently in development and looking for members. As new topics for communities emerge, we will open applications for leaders and members alike.
Current FLC Topics
Best Practices for Dual Enrollment Online Courses
Best Practices for High Enrollment Online Courses
Trauma Informed Pedagogies
EPIC: Expanding Pedagogies, Innovative Courses
EPIC is a two-semester, cohort-based program that supports UAF teachers developing and delivering online courses. During the first semester of the program, participants explore online pedagogies as they build their courses with facilitation from eCampus instructional designers. During the second semester of the program, participants deliver their courses with the ongoing support and collaboration of the cohort. EPIC is a hybrid of online, asynchronous and in-person, synchronous events requiring 5-10 hours/week of work. Members of the EPIC cohort develop innovative online courses, connect with peers across disciplines, and have the opportunity to think big about education in a digital age. View the curriculum and sample assignments here. *Note: EPIC is open to any faculty who are developing a course for UAF (not UAA or UAS at this time). Faculty at a distance are welcome to apply and participate remotely.