On March 27, 2014, Dr. Roseanna Wright, Dr. Claire Sullivan, Dr. Maria Agnew and Dr. Brian Berry, School of Education faculty, traveled to Savannah to present on three studies currently underway at Holy Family University. The studies explore the best approach or approaches to support faculty in designing and teaching blended courses, The studies address a need created after the considerable expansion of blended course offerings at Holy Family University in recent years.
The presentation, Identifying Effective Methods of Faculty Training and Support in the Design, Instruction, and Management of Blended Courses, provides preliminary findings on three approaches to professional development:
·Mentoring inexperienced colleagues by experienced faculty in the designing of blended courses through individual meetings and support
·Exploring the use of co-teaching as a method of providing training and support to faculty in the design and management of the blended course
·Holding an initial one hour faculty workshop, with subsequent ongoing individual support, to incorporate and implement student feedback on the benefits and challenges of blended courses
The presentation was very well received by participants and resulted in a robust discussion of the merits of each approach to faculty professional development and support.