Upgrading faculty’s online teaching chops is an institutional problem

Upgrading our faculty’s online teaching chops is an institutional problem.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, many institutions offer “optional” training for faculty to upgrade their understanding of online best practice pedagogy. But these sessions often bring in very low attendance numbers.

So, California’s Online Education Initiative for one is attempting to solve for that with one big annual conference with an expectation, but not a mandate, of attendance. And their last event drew in more than 1,100 participants.


The takeaway? Even the best on-ground faculty in the world needs help transitioning their coursework online. It is an entirely different beast. So how can our institutions better incentivize and establish an expectation for continual learning from our online faculty?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

As AVP of Marketing, Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.