Because technology is dynamic, our understanding of the most effective and responsive means to connect with students must be as dynamic. Ongoing professional development, then, is a central component to effective online teaching. Within the CCC ecosystem, some ways faculty can meet this principle are by:
- Participating in the CCC community of practice, including, but not limited to, CCC sponsored webinars, blogs, newsletters, and social media;
- Attending conferences focused on online teaching, including the Online Teaching Conference and other in person events;
- Engaging in ongoing professional development for online instructors;
- Sharing in discipline-specific conversations about online teaching.
The above principles inform the practices noted below, as taught in courses provided by the @one online network of educators – @one principles for quality online teaching
Applying the Principles:
I actively volunteer in professional development for:
In both cases, I learn about current technology and develop learning materials for the open source software movement.
In my day job, I serve as the Vice Chancellor of Education and Technology at West Hills Community College District. I am also the district Canvas administrator and oversee all things distance education, instruction, and information technology. I support and encourage our faculty attending conferences, seminars, and @one courses. I review our online course quality and the OEI design rubric with the VPIs of our colleges on a regular basis. At this stage in my career, my work is to support faculty to improve courses and student engagement.
- A video I created to engage faculty in preparing videos for our Guided Pathways committee: https://youtu.be/wPLuS6-lmI4
I continue to teach online for a couple of community colleges so that I build my skills and experience student needs and challenges and spend time in the classroom.
Where I was: I have always attended online classes and am reading every day to keep current. I update courses every semester so they serve students who hope to gain jobs in computing.
Where I am: With @one classes, I increased my time contributing to the open source community to work on collaborative projects with people in the industry and to see how I can incorporate open source volunteerism into my classes.
Where I’m headed: I bring my open source work into lessons for students to engage with and as a way to boost their resume. I don’t require them to participate, it’s more me sharing and encouraging. It’s also a good way for them to see the most current technologies. I outline how they can continue to learn technology and grow their resume after the end of class. For me, I noted I signed up for a 10-week video bootcamp and I serve on several open source committees. I spend 10-20 hours a week learning and have for years. Learning is my passion.