Faculty Development: A model from Johns Hopkins

The Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals program allows busy professionals to earn a master’s degree or certificate program by studying online or through conveniently scheduled courses located around the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area.  With its first online classes offered in 2001, it initially faced the problem of how to train its online faculty, particularly those adjunct professors who had never previously taught online. “We used to do six hours on a Friday and threw all the information at them at once,” says Denille Williams, instructional designer at Johns Hopkins.  The results of this data dump were less than ideal.To remedy this, Johns Hopkins introduced two courses that online faculty could take to improve their ability to develop an online course and to be successful in its facilitation.

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