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Faculty’s knowledge about, and comfort with, the use of technology tools are key components in online teaching. Faculty are not only expected to be adept with basic computer functionality, like creating and editing documents and managing files, but also in navigating their institutions Learning Management System (LMS) and utilizing course teaching technologies and tools. Together these areas comprise a significant portion of design and facilitation of an online course and are related to learning outcomes. When engaging with the online learning environment, it is thus critical for each instructor to consider their personal level of comfort utilizing various online technology tools and resources. For faculty to be successful in the online classroom space, identification of individual needs and skills associated with teaching online must be determined, and resources curated. Over the spring and summer of 2022, 40 UNLV faculty across 10 colleges were interviewed about their experiences in online teaching with the aim to uncover prevailing themes that will serve to inform future interactions and professional development offerings. Growth through professional development, combined with use of online tools and targeted teaching resources by instructors can result in more robust course creation and preparation, elevated student support and learning outcomes, and enhanced student engagement and success.
online teaching; teaching technology; faculty development; technological competence; technological integration
Education | Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Becker, Suzanne and Weisman, Ted, "Uncovering Teaching Faculty Personas to Understand Comfort Levels in Using Technology in Their Online Classes" (2023). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 189.
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