Digital Professor Redesign Provides Streamlined Online Experience for Faculty

Thursday, August 27, 2020

A Message from Geni Wright, Director, Online Teaching and Learning

In early spring, experienced Digital Professor faculty facilitators met to discuss the alignment of the Digital Professor curriculum to the Rubric for Online Competencies (ROC). The team was in the early stages of determining the redesign phases of courses to model ROC criteria. Thankfully, this information helped guide a design team in reimagining the Digital Professor experience.

The Digital Professor redesign provided a streamlined online experience for faculty to complete 20 hours of professional development in the areas of pedagogy, student engagement, and technology in online teaching and learning. Digital Professor cohorts were facilitated by experienced online faculty and faculty developers/instructional designers.

Faculty shared feedback on their experience. Here are some of the responses received:

“Great experience. Learned a lot about improving the student learning experience in the online environment.”

“It was a great experience. The course was very well organized with very clear instructions. Thanks for a great learning experience!”

“I know I will have a much better semester in the fall in regards to giving my students a much better experience.”

“I really enjoyed this course! I learned a great deal that I can incorporate into my online courses.”

During this summer alone, we had 688 faculty members successfully complete Digital Professor Certification, including 565 part-time/annually appointed faculty and 123 tenured/tenure-track faculty.

For a complete list of all our distinguished Digital Professors, click below:

We would like to thank our Digital Professor facilitator team:

  • Lisa Macon, professor, software development
  • Laura Magness, professor, psychology
  • Nicole Marsh, professor, speech
  • James May, professor, English for Academic Purposes
  • Shelitha McKissick, faculty developer/instructional designer
  • Sam Meyers, faculty developmer/instructional designer
  • Julia Nudel, professor, mathematics
  • Migdalia Otero-Olan, faculty developer/instructional designer
  • Alex Penn, faculty developer/instructional designer
  • Terry Rafter-Carles, faculty, New Student Experience
  • Storm Russo, professor, business
  • Liza Schellpfeffer, professor, speech
  • Melonie Sexton, professor, psychology
  • Jo Smith, faculty developer/instructional designer
  • Nicole Spottke, professor, English
  • Tina Tan, professor, speech
  • Rose Tran, faculty developer/instructional designer
  • Summer Trazzera, professor, reading
  • Claire Yates, faculty developer/instructional designer
  • Fall Digital Professor Certification Cohorts

    If you are interested in completing your Digital Professor Certification, submit the Fall Digital Professor Survey to select and enroll in Cohort 2:

    Cohort 2

    • Monday, September 28 – Monday, October 12, 2020, for Canvas Essentials (10 PD)
    • Monday, October 19 – Monday, December 7, 2020, for Digital Professor (20 PD)



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