Summer 2008 Issue

Our First-Ever Faculty Forum

Kathy ChatfieldThis past spring term, Extended Campus hosted a Faculty Forum to showcase current Ecampus instructors’ personal experiences and best practices of online course development and innovative teaching methods.

In what will become an annual Ecampus event, the Faculty Forum featured concurrent sessions throughout the day emphasizing OSU’s immediate opportunities to reach distance learners through online courses and degree programs, as well as the university’s goals of Outreach and Engagement.

Instructor Bob Ehrhart shared his methods on building relationships and connecting with online students in the Natural Resources degree program. Kathy Chatfield, an instructor in Adult Education and Leadership, presented her experiences in developing online/on-site hybrid courses. Assistant Professor of Marine Science Vladlena Gertseva showed how to integrate interactive games as online teaching tools, and Kevin Ahern, senior instructor of Biochemistry, presented the benefits of podcasting and using other technologies in online classes.

Other presenters included the Ecampus online tutoring service SMARTHINKING, College of Education Assistant Professor Jean Moule, Geosciences instructor Cub Kahn, instructors Will Cowling, Jamie Hedges, Olga Rowe and Wallis Sanborn, as well as OSU Head Librarian Maureen Kelly.

With over 82 people in attendance at the event on May 22, 2008, the Faculty Forum allowed those who develop and teach classes online on a daily basis to answer questions and share teaching techniques with OSU faculty, staff and instructors.

One attendee was impressed by the innovative methods and teaching styles online instructors practice: “It was great to hear real instructors say what they liked and didn’t like about online learning, and how through trial and error they changed those things, and how we can learn from them as we develop online courses.”

Another enjoyed the day’s events and was excited to share information with their colleagues: “It was great hearing from instructors who began as skeptics. They were more inspiring and convincing than zealots!”

Ecampus would like to thank all who attended and presented at this year’s Faculty Forum. We look forward to seeing you next year!

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