Engaging Faculty in Online Education
Rightsizing Incentives and Optimizing Support
- Develop sustainable budget models that appropriately incentivize academic units and provide sufficient funding for support resources
- Identify the best models for organizing and delivering training in online pedagogy and providing instructional design support
- Direct resources to the specific courses that best advance the institutions’ online education goals
- Avoid common pitfalls in structuring special faculty compensation for development and delivery of online courses and benchmark faculty stipends to those of other institutions
- Address concerns about online course quality without alienating faculty or overspending
Colleges and universities of all types are pursuing increasingly ambitious goals for online education for a range of reasons—enhancing learning, increasing access, growing enrollment, managing costs. However, concerns about workload, support resources, autonomy, and course quality leave many faculty skeptical of online instruction, and most institutions expanding online offerings are struggling to get sufficient numbers of faculty both willing and prepared to teach online.
This study presents best practices in managing the strategic and operational challenges associated with increasing the number of fully online and hybrid courses.
Top Lessons from the Study