Essential Attributes of Faculty Professional Development: The Excellence in Online Education Initiative

Friday, October 21 | 9:30AM–10:20AM | Meeting Room 103A
Session Type: E11

Professional development in best practices for online teaching is essential to ensuring the success of new online instructors. In this session, learn the 12 essential attributes of faculty professional development programs informed by adult learning theory. Hear how they were implemented through an action research process and see them illustrated through Bay Path College's unique three-tiered approach to online faculty development that includes a comprehensive orientation, mentoring, and ongoing support. Session attendees will be able to share their programs' components that fit these attributes and discover new ways to implement them.


  • David Demers

    Chief Information Officer, University of Maine System
  • Carol McQuiggan

    Sr. Instructional Designer, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Amber Vaill

    Assoc. Dean for Online, Graduate & Continuing Educ, Worcester State University

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