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Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality

Issues and Strategies for Faculty Training

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This course addresses various models for faculty training and explores the literature to see what works with faculty training. It explores methods of faculty training, reasons why faculty embrace technology, instructor competencies, and assessing whether or not training is successful.


This course is for faculty and staff who are responsible for or interested in training instructors to use technology and to create online courses.


Topics include:

  • Online training methods
  • Face to face workshops
  • Helping faculty use technology
  • Faculty mentors
  • Skill assessment
  • Using web based training


  • Module 1 - Difficulties with Training
  • Module 2 - Analyzing a Training Program
  • Module 3 - Designing a Training Program
  • Module 4 Discussing instructor competencies
  • Module 5 Educational uses of Blogs
  • Module 6 - Creating a Training Web Page


The goal of this course is to provide faculty trainers with an understanding of the challenges of providing faculty training and an overview of strategies that can be used to successfully deliver training.


After completing this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe some common experiences faculty trainers and faculty members have had with technology training.
  • List obstacles to faculty development.
  • Categorize obstacles into faculty insecurity issues, institutional support issues, or career issues.
  • List reasons why some faculty embrace technology.
  • List the most common methods for providing faculty development.
  • List the ways in which faculty development for online teaching differs from that for face-to-face teaching.
  • List reasons why some faculty embrace technology.
  • Discuss issues involved with identifying online instructor competencies.
  • Identify categories of instructor competencies.
  • Develop a personal philosophy about online instructor competencies.
  • Recognize how blogs can be used for faculty development and course development.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of blogs over other forms of asynchronous communication.
  • Recognize the components of a quality faculty development web site.
  • Identify key components and methods of delivering faculty development programs.
  • Create a faculty development web site that can be used at a participant's institution.


This course is eight weeks long, including an online orientation.


You may take this course without any course prerequisites.


  • Complete assigned readings from the Web resources and the online lectures
  • Participate in online discussion
  • Complete learning activities
  • Create a faculty training web page


This course has a modular structure. Each unit is individually assessed, but successive units build on previous information. The course pedagogy is based on collaborative learning and group participation. Course content is delivered through the use of Web-based reading, and discussions between students and the instructor and among students. Discussion questions will form a basis for discussion.


This is an intensive course requiring approximately 8-10 hours a week. The time commitment will vary depending an individual's input, needs, and personal study habits. Participants are required to log on to the course a minimum of 3 times a week.

Credit Options

Continuing Education Credit (CEU Credit)
8 Continuing education units (CEU credit) are available for this course.

Graduate or Undergraduate Academic Credit
This course can also be taken for academic graduate credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield. To earn academic credit, you must first enroll as a non-degree or as a degree student through UIS. Visit the How to Enroll page for more information.


Taking a course for CEUs:
Registration for this course is open to the general public, but there is a registration fee for participants who are not employees of the University of Illinois. The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. SA1051).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
Most MVCR courses [not the Advanced Online Seminars] may be taken for graduate credit through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition and fees associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this site.

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Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Choose one of the following three for your elective:

  • Administration of Online Programs
  • Copyright
  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction
  • Practicum for Administrators
What They're Saying
"The more I learn about online instruction, the more I see what can be applied in the traditional classroom."     

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Award winning courses

The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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