New Skills and Ways of Working: Faculty Development for E-Learning

New Skills and Ways of Working: Faculty Development for E-Learning

Gail Wilson (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-950-2.ch008


This chapter analyzes approaches to faculty development for e-learning in post-compulsory institutions. Everett Rogers’ (2003) diffusion of innovation theory provides the framework for a review of faculty development strategies adopted by institutions to foster the adoption of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by mainstream faculty into everyday teaching and learning practices. Using examples as illustration, the chapter reviews different approaches to faculty development aimed at achieving a critical mass of staff who are competent working in the e-learning context. These strategies include focusing on the characteristics of innovation; adopting a staged approach to skills acquisition; embedding skills and processes associated with teaching and learning in the e-learning context in formal, accredited courses; fostering peer learning; framing faculty development as project-based learning; and using the online environment to deliver faculty development. The chapter concludes with practical advice concerning faculty development for e-learning practice across institutions.

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