Musings about lifelong learning, technology, and higher education
Note: This post is a continuation of my last blog post. If you haven’t read it, I’d highly recommend reading it for context.
Brainstorming Faculty Development Courses
In the first months I started my position, I worked with the president and one of the ‘senior fellows’ (a position similar to a depart chair) to brainstorm potential courses. This process occurred over several meetings when I first visited campus and later through video conferences. Here is what we tentatively planned that I would create:
One of the challenges of designing courses with digital badges is determining how much content to include in a single course. There is currently no standard (similar to credit hour formula for Carnegie courses) to determine how much content each badge should cover. I surveyed how other colleges issued digital badges and determined that I would create courses that take about 5 hours to complete. Most of the courses that culminated with a digital badge required, on average, this time commitment, so this is the standard I adopted for courses.
If you are an instructional technologist, instructor, or college administrator, what are some potential courses that you need at your institution? If you have implemented professional development courses, whether or not they culminate in a digital badge, what courses do you offer? Also, do you have a standard for how long a course should take to complete?
Feel free to respond to this blog post - I’d love to hear how faculty development works at other institutions!