In 2009-2010, I am participating in a National Institute for Leadership Development (NILD) Leaders Institute: The Premier Program Developing Women Leaders in Community Colleges.

WORKSHOP: As part of this training, I attended a week-long leadership workshop on May 31-June 5, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona, along with 15 other participants from campuses around the nation.

PROJECT: I am also working on a yearlong leadership project titled "Online Faculty Evaluation Process." This project is mentored by Dr. Kathleen Nelson from Lake Superior College.

PROJECT  DESCRIPTION: This project addresses the need to develop a process that assists instructional administrators in evaluating online faculty performance. Both at the college and system level, current evaluation processes do not specifically address online instruction, and most academic administrators have limited personal experience with online course design and instruction. As part of this project, effective ("best") practices in online instruction and online faculty evaluation will be explored.

The goal of the project is to develop a process for administrative evaluation of online course instructors, including training for academic administrators in the use of this process.

APPROACH: I will research nationally accepted effective practices in online instruction and online faculty evaluation. I will also be working in close collaboration with local and system e-learning colleagues, forming an institutional task force that will inform and help develop my project.

PROGRESS:

  • In 2009-2010, I have been chairing an Online Faculty Evaluation Task Force, which includes faculty from the college's three academic divisions. The task force is working on developing a teaching evaluation rubric and scoring guidelines, as well as checklists for faculty and administrators participating in the evaluation process. The task force plans to share its work to the campus community during the fall semester of 2010.

  • Additional workshops: On October 29-30, 2009, I co-led, with Barry Dahl, a two-day North Dakota University System Fall Conference, with a focus on e-learning quality. Conference topics include the evaluation of online teaching. We led a similar professional development day at the Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, Minnesota on November 17, 2009. Additionally, we led a two-day post-conference at the Instructional Technology Council's ITC e-Learning Conference on February 23-23, 2010, in Forth Worth, Texas, which included participants from Texas and California. A similar two-day workshop has been scheduled for May 25-26, 2010, for Michigan community colleges.