Colleges and universities are increasingly relying on adjuncts and part-time faculty members to teach their online courses. A quarter of schools have increased the use of online adjunct instructors by five percent or more; 31 percent have increased their use by up to five percent. Yet often, these instructors don't receive training on how to teach online; the schools lack formal policies for faculty expectations; and faculty are expected to create their own online courses with or without institutional help.
The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development has partnered with Cengage Learning on a slate of professional development resources for adjunct faculty and administrators.
Many higher education institutions are working on initiatives to maintain a culture of creativity and innovation even in difficult economic times. CT spoke with Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives Lee Kats, to learn about Pepperdine University's Waves of Innovation model.
Judith Boettcher gives CT a heads-up about the upcoming revision of The Online Teaching Survival Guide.
Indiana University has placed an official wrapper around its active learning experimentation. The institution recently launched the "Mosaic Active Learning Initiative," a project that encompasses services and strategies to support faculty and students using this type of classroom and instructional approach.
A coalition of education institutions has won a five-year $4.99 million grant from the Department of Education's Institute for Education Sciences to look into how state school systems can drive instructional improvement with teacher evaluations.
Kenneth Green draws on 25 years with The Campus Computing Project to reflect on higher ed's IT priorities.
Stanford University's Project for Education Research that Scales has introduced a set of free online resources, dubbed the Mindset Kit, designed to help educators and parents understand how to help students develop learning mindsets.
The University of Wisconsin (UW) System has opened its UW Leadership Development Program to staff members of all public and private higher education institutions in the United States.
A 5,000-student St. Louis university is ramping up a new tablet program.