Using Penn State’s Faculty Online Readiness Tool Version 2.0

Distance Education Report

In 2007, Penn State University (PSU) and the University of Central Florida (UCF) met to find a way to address faculty preparedness to teach online. After a careful literature review, they identified several core competencies in four major categories that faculty need to have to be effective in the online classroom. Based on this research, they devised a tool that would allow faculty members to self-assess their online readiness. After extensive feedback from Sloan-C conference participants and a pilot test with faculty groups, the assessment tool went live in 2008. The original tool was shared with over 30 colleagues across the country and a few doctoral students who wanted to use the tool in research for their dissertations.In 2013, PSU unveiled the second generation of the faculty online readiness tool.

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