Implementing an e-mentoring program for faculty: the Faculty Coach

This is a recorded presentation available from January 17, 2013. You can watch the recorded session at our HETS YouTube Channel or right here.

This presentation discusses the implementation of an e-mentoring program for faculty at Ana G. Mendez University-Virtual Campus (AGMU-CV), a 100% online institution in Puerto Rico. Online learning continues to grow in quantity and quality, in order to improve the effectiveness of our programs, a faculty mentoring initiative has been sought. The mentor, known as Faculty Coach, is a resource that is assigned to mentor faculty in the pedagogy of online learning, creating learning communities, promote communication in the classroom, developing presence, observation of the classroom and the administrative tasks of the virtual classroom. Rubrics, training and informative sessions have been developed to implement the initiative. Housed in Academic Affairs, the faculty coach mentoring program is a component of the retention plan of AGMU-CV. The information provided covers academic, administrative, selection/hiring and technical aspects as well as best practices that are being develop as the project moves forward.

Institution: Ana G. Méndez University System, Virtual Campus, Puerto Rico

Language: English

Presented by:

Dr. Carlos R. Morales is the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Ana G. Méndez University- Virtual Campus. Dr. Morales has extensive online and classroom teaching experience in the areas of Biology, Science Teaching, Education and Instructional Technology. Dr. Morales has published internationally peer-reviewed journal articles on the topics of instructional technology. Morales graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, with bachelors and masters degrees in Biology and Science Education, and received his doctorate, with a dissertation on Constructivist Learning Environments in Online Course Design, from Capella University. He was a Frye fellow in 2009.

Gisselle Tapia comes from a matriarchy of educators, for this reason, teaching is a natural thing. Her professional development in education began since 2009, year in which she started working as an Instructional Designer at Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez. Today she’s the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs were she supervises the Instructional Design Department and contributes with the development and creation of a Virtual University.

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