Ms. Krista LeBrun, eLearning Coordinator
Mr. Terry Pollard, Director of Training and Professional Development
Mississippi Virtual Community College
The MSVCC initiated an online professional development program in the fall of 2007. The program, available to all community college faculty teaching in the Mississippi system, has now graduated more than 1,000 faculty. Courses are delivered asynchronously with peer-to-peer learning opportunities for faculty across disciplines and institutions. The no-cost professional development program has slowly gained traction as a viable model for learning best practices for online instruction. But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. Still, community colleges have understood the value proposition offered in online professional development: as a platform for providing faculty with insight to online pedagogy as well as the knowledge necessary to utilize the tools and features available in the learning management system. Presenters in this session discussed these challenges, offered lessons learned, and reflected on often overlooked aspects of group dynamics: articulating a common vision and establishing mutual trust.

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