There is a growing interest in exploring programs and methods useful to support faculty as they bring technology into the classroom and increase their online instructional savvy. Many faculty development efforts center on formal programs of instruction supplemented by guides, tutorials, and help desk assistance. In this case study, we describe the intensive and organic development of a 1:1 faculty onboarding sponsorship that accelerated faculty online learning and independence. This sponsorship model may be yet another valuable tool in the arsenal of transitioning faculty to an online educator role.
Emily Ravenwood is a Senior Instructional Designer for the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies. She coordinates faculty training and supports Rutgers faculty in developing hybrid and online courses. Before joining COHLIT’s Office of Instructional Design, she taught for nine years at Wittenberg University, and another eight before that at the Ohio State and Eastern Michigan Universities, and she is a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. Her M.A. and A.B.D. are in Language and Literature, and she has taught writing, business communication, and literature in both hybrid and online formats, giving her insight into the challenges facing online faculty. Her professional research has focused on effective online pedagogy and accessible design, supported by ten years’ experience as a website designer and programmer. Working with both front- and back-end design has given her considerable experience in how users interact with online material, and how to create effective information architecture.
Edwina R Haring, PhD teaches organizational behavior online in the BABA program at Rutgers, inspiring students to apply management and organizational academic lessons to their workplaces. At previous universities, she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in organization development & change management, organizational behavior, human resources, management theory, educational psychology, training & development, and instructional systems design. Dr. Haring has owned an organizational consulting firm for over 20 years. She earned the PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and both her Master of Education in Instructional Design and BBA from Penn State. She is a fierce advocate for, and huge fan of, online learning.