An Online Community for Faculty Support: Essential Elements

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Writing in Faculty Focus, Andy Jett and Mary Jane Pearson share their experience developing and maintaining an online community to sustain instructors teaching online at Avila University. Based on their direct experience they share a framework that can be used as a guide for others interested in creating an online learning community for faculty.

The key features of their framework are: 1) a clear purpose, 2) a commitment to high standards communicated by an Online Instructional Mentor, 3) a diverse and engaged membership, 4) robust user friendly communication and collaboration tools, 5) regular and engaging content, and 6) active facilitation and moderation. These elements work together to offer ongoing support and development opportunities for instructors.

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