With the present boom in online education (Sloan, 2005), it is surprising that so little attention has been directed to selecting successful online instructors. Hiring online adjunct faculty will be discussed here; with particular attention focused on problems that can occur in hiring professors to teach in these settings. Although it is thought that most educational institutions require some form of training in using their platforms, Puziferro (2007) discusses problems (such as “The Non-Responders, the Overcommitted Faculty Member, The Technical Toddler”, etc.) that can occur. Clearly, the damage to educational programs from employing instructors who are deficient in their online skills can sometimes be irreversible.
The most common approaches to hiring online instructors will be discussed here, along with the identification of the skills, knowledges and backgrounds that are seen as most important for successful online teaching. Ideas for designing selection tools for picking online instructors are outlined, including experience questionnaires, interview questions, technology assessment ideas, and multiple-battery ideas. Evaluation procedures should be included as a part of this design system as well. They should encompass feedback from the students, an outside reviewer of what is occurring in the class, input from a mentor, the supervisor, an analysis of the support provided by the organization, along with formal validation studies of the final selection system used.
Finally, the information gained should be used in a feedback loop to make improvements in online classroom programs. Simply assigning an instructor to an online class because they say that they have taught online is a mistake. The ultimate goal should be designing in quality—as is true for all educational programs.
|Keywords:||Online Education, Selection Procedures, Hiring Online Instructors, Adjunct Hiring Processes|
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Dean of the School of Business, School of Business, Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Fl., USA
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