Faculty in higher education are put in a difficult situation. As many will tell you, they have little or no background in learning theory and frequently have to sink or swim when it comes to teaching. In addition, they are often isolated from other faculty in terms of sharing teaching ideas and concerns. When we originally developed Seattle University's Course Design Program our goal was to create a community of practice around learning design, whether it be for fully online, hybrid or web-facilitated courses. As of spring 2016 more than 150 faculty have been through the program. Below is a video of some of our faculty talking about the impact the program has had on their teaching.
One last note on faculty development; it helps to make it fun. When I was at Washington State University I helped produce a newsletter on teaching and learning. We knew from the beginning that we needed to make it funny or it would go straight into the recycling bin. At right are some covers from the SKEW newsletter, which you can click to enlarge. SKEW had its own cartoon strip called the Pedagogical Avenger, which featured a hero duck named Al (for Active Learner) and was illustrated by Greg-Turner Rahman. See an episode here. SKEW was not just funny; it also won some awards. More importantly it got faculty talking.