Flipping Faculty Development for More Effective One-Offs - FREE

Event Date: April 23, 2014 - 2:00pm

To meet the demand for faculty development of teaching and learning skills, we must find an approach for facilitating one-offs that encourages long-term remembrance, critical thinking, and meaningful application of skill and knowledge. Flipping faculty development provides those benefits by requiring advanced preparation, live tutoring and hands-on practice, and post-session homework.

Traditional faculty development gathers instructors together for a brief time to learn about a single topic—often called a “one-off”—through lecture or discussion, with or without hands-on practice. This faculty development strategy is usually directed toward lower-skilled instructors, and discourages long-term remembrance, critical thinking, and meaningful application of skill and knowledge. When the “flipped classroom” teaching approach is used for facilitating one-offs, faculty members are responsible for advanced preparation, a live session is reserved for more sophisticated tutoring and hands-on practice, and a post-session “homework” assignment requires faculty members to apply the skill or knowledge to their particular situations. Optionally, a second live session can be scheduled for instructors to debrief their homework.

Commonly, in traditional faculty development, the same basic-skills topics are scheduled repeatedly throughout the year, leaving little time for one-offs on advanced topics. Higher-skilled faculty members often feel neglected because they aren’t given the same opportunities for professional development as their lower-skilled colleagues. In cases where time is the issue, flipping one-offs can allow for the faculty development of all instructors in the same intermediate or advanced sessions. In the one-offs described, the preparation for the live session that is required of faculty members can build the skill and knowledge of the lower-skilled instructors so it matches that of the higher-skilled instructors, and the live session is then relevant to faculty members of multiple skill-levels. Additionally, the comprehensive nature of a flipped one-off (advanced preparation, sophisticated tutoring and hands-on practice, and post-session homework) produces higher-skilled faculty members at a greater rate than traditional faculty development, so there is less time hosting the same topics (usually for the same instructors) and more time for developing and hosting advanced topics (for a broader group of instructors).

At the end of this informational webinar, participants will have learned about

  • flipped faculty development
  • how it can be used for both skill-building and knowledge-building.


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Jenn Light has 15 years experience in using traditional and cutting-edge instructional design methods along with integrating educational technology to assist faculty members in designing and redesigning face-to-face, blended, and online courses. She mentors faculty support staff to become effective partners with faculty on projects involving course and program assessment, course design and delivery, and instructional technology techniques and tools. Jenn currently works as the instructional designer and educational technologist for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver where she serves on committees and user groups for assurance of learning, distance learning strategic planning, faculty teaching support, and instructional design and technology support.
As a Quality Matters institutional representative and member of Colorado Quality Matters Users Group, Jenn promotes excellence in online and blended courses. Regardless of the course delivery method (online, blended, or face-to-face), she emphasizes the importance of integrating emerging technology, inclusive excellence practices, and universal design for learning techniques.

Jenn has taught face-to-face and online courses at the University of Colorado Denver and University of Denver's University College. She also facilitates the Sloan Consortium’s Blended Learning Mastery Series.


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