Professional learning opportunities and requirements for higher education faculty and staff vary greatly from institution to institution. Funding and support for professional learning also vary by institution as well
Professional learning opportunities and requirements for higher education faculty and staff vary greatly from institution to institution. Funding and support for professional learning also vary by institution as well as by employee classification (full time faculty, part time faculty, staff, etc.).
The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union that represents about 44,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through community college. About 3,700 of these members are community college staff and faculty who represent 10 different institutions in the state of Oregon. The mission of OEA is to unite the public education profession and advocate for those professionals to ensure quality public education for students in Oregon. One branch of OEA’s work is providing free professional learning for members based on their needs and interests.
By examining data from a needs assessment survey of community college members, educational technology and online teaching professional development were identified as two areas of member needs. In response, the 8-week online course, “Instructional Technology and Online Course Design for Community College Educators” was designed, developed, and taught by two community college members during the summer of 2020. Creating a technology-based course for individuals at various institutions presents some unique benefits and challenges.
After engaging in this session, participants will be able to describe the unique challenges and benefits of developing, implementing and leading free professional learning for association members at different institutions; consider the varying levels of required and optional online teaching and course design support provided at different community colleges, and discuss and provide feedback on the content and format of the course.
(Tuesday) 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PST
Colin Stapp, Chemeketa Community College
Colin has been in higher education for over 25 years and has been involved in educational technology throughout his career. His experience includes online teaching, faculty development, and integrating technology with instruction. He has a Master of Educational Technology & Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching from Boise State University. He is also a graduate of Mt. Hood Community College and Pacific University.
Kim Read, Oregon Education Association
Kim Read is a Professional Learning System Specialist at Oregon Education Association (OEA). She develops and implements professional learning opportunities for OEA’s 43,000 member educators. Kim is excited about learning design, open access to information, creating equitable opportunities for success, and instructor development. Before joining OEA, Kim worked in higher education in Oregon and Washington for 10 years, most recently as Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor. She received her Master of Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, her Master of Library Science from Emporia State University, and her Bachelors of Anthropology from Colorado College, where she also studied piano performance. In her free time, she enjoys writing and recording music, reading, and spending time in nature.