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Center for Faculty Excellence

Faculty Orientation Courses

Overview

The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) manages the logistics related to the required instructor-led orientation training(s) for new faculty. CFE also facilitates logistics for all post-orientation instructor-led training(s), which may be required (dependent upon the program for which the faculty member is hired into to teach).

If you are currently teaching content courses and are interested in seeing about the availability of participating in additional training, which could result in your ability to receive additional faculty assignments, please contact your supervisor or program leadership.

New Faculty Orientation

The NFO is a 4-week training conducted in the Blackboard platform. Successful completion of this training is required for all new instructors upon hire, except for MSN Clinical Supervisors and the RWRCOEL University Supervisors.

This NFO is designed to welcome new faculty to the Walden University community by helping them to understand Walden University’s culture (history, mission, values, and goals), infrastructure, key instructional policies, the Blackboard LMS, and best practices in online education. This orientation is a combination of theory and practice which will be gained by participating in facilitator led asynchronous classroom discussions, completing activities, and by engaging in a group or 1:1 session with a Faculty Support Agent. Participants will also be enrolled in a practice classroom to demonstrate knowledge of skills, expectations, tools and best practices which are required to successfully engage in their work as an online faculty member within a virtual learning environment.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the university’s history, mission of social change, values, goals, and educational philosophy
  • Define Walden University’s current organizational and leadership structure
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of online instructors
  • Describe university and program policies and procedures used in teaching online and Walden’s expectations for all faculty
  • Demonstrate communication practices in working with diverse students
  • Use Walden instructor tools, student support resources and online classroom environment to demonstrate the Walden faculty role
  • Use organizational models, teaching methods and communication techniques that are effective in meeting learning outcomes for a diverse student population in a distance learning environment
  • Identify techniques to effectively manage time in performing the instructor role

Tempo Faculty Orientation

The TFO is a 3-week training conducted in the Brightspace platform. Successful completion of this training is required for all new Competency-based Education faculty in the Tempo Learning programs.

This self-paced orientation is facilitated by a Tempo Subject Matter Expert. The training is designed to welcome new Tempo faculty to Walden University and the Tempo Learning community by helping them to understand Walden University’s culture (history, mission, values, and goals), infrastructure, key instructional policies, the competency-based education model, the Brightspace Learning Management System, and best practices in online education. This orientation is a combination of theory and practice which will be gained by participating in facilitator led asynchronous discussions, completing activities, and by engaging in a group or 1:1 session with a Faculty Support Agent. Participants will also be enrolled in a practice competency to demonstrate knowledge of skills, expectations, tools and best practices which are required to successfully engage in their work as an online faculty SME/within a virtual learning environment.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the university's history, mission of social change, values, goals, and educational philosophy
  • Define Walden University’s and Tempo Learning's current organizational and leadership structure
  • Define Competency-Based Education at Walden University
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of online Tempo instructors as SMEs (Subject Matter Experts)
  • Describe university and program policies and procedures used in teaching online and Tempo's expectations for faculty 2
  • Use Tempo instructor tools, student support resources and online classroom environment to demonstrate the Tempo faculty role
  • Use organizational models, teaching methods and communication techniques that are effective in meeting learning outcomes in a distance learning environment and in a CBE environment
  • Identify techniques to effectively manage time in performing the SME role
  • Identify best practices for engagement and assessment in performing the SME role

Undergraduate Faculty Training

The Undergraduate Faculty Training is a 2-week training conducted in the Blackboard platform. It is required, in addition to the NFO training, for all faculty hired to teach in Undergraduate programs.

The Undergraduate orientation provides new Walden undergraduate faculty with an overview of Walden’s undergraduate student population, the best practices in knowledge-building with them, and the policies and procedures that govern Walden’s undergraduate courses. Instructors will also apply rubric assessment techniques toward grading students’ work and providing feedback, practice responding to sample student posts, and learn how to direct students to appropriate resources as needed.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Define the unique characteristics of Walden’s undergraduate student population
  • Identify and describe how to implement best practices in community building and engaging undergraduate students
  • Describe the role and responsibilities of faculty in developing and maintaining an online community of learning
  • Apply rubric assessment techniques toward grading students’ work and providing feedback
  • Know the policies and procedures that govern Walden’s undergraduate courses
  • Practice and prepare to teach undergraduate courses using instructor tools, student resources, and program-specific materials

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