CofC is committed to providing quality distance learning courses to our students. Due to the increase of course offerings in this relatively new teaching and learning environment, TLT proposes a Distance Education Faculty Mentor program. This Distance Education Faculty Mentor program is designed to expedite and help lead the DE Readiness course, as well as to provide feedback and collaboration opportunities for individuals new to teaching in the distance education format at CofC. Facilitated and supported by Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) and Academic Affairs, the initiative is described below:
Objectives of the DE Faculty Mentor Initiative
- Facilitate the exchange of ideas regarding effective distance teaching styles and strategies;
- Offer collaboration opportunities for faculty teaching distance courses to promote a sense of collegiality and support;
- Create a community with new distance education faculty and experienced faculty in DE.
Faculty Mentor Expectations and Requirements
The mentor will:
- Provide feedback to faculty in a timely manner as outlined in the Faculty DE Readiness course packet and syllabus;
- Actively participate in all DE discussions and community building activities (online and face-to-face) associated with the DE Readiness Course;
- Attend the DE Mentor Workshop, face-to-face sessions with participants, meetings with TLT, and the closing session;
- Guide and support the participants throughout the semester
- Schedule reviews and feedback sessions with course participants
- Provide examples and “real world” case studies from your own online courses that illustrate best practices for their field of study
- Review participants’ assignments and provide feedback that aligns with the topics and information introduced throughout the course
- Monitor user progress and communicate expectations to the participants throughout the course
Faculty Mentor Resources
- Each mentor will be provided with an incentive such as a stipend provided by Academic Affairs or a course release for the semester that they are facilitating the DE Readiness Course
- All mentors will be provided with key literature offering best practices for distance education
- All mentors will be assisted by Teaching, Learning, and Technology throughout the process
Selection of Faculty Mentors
Mentors will be selected by TLT based upon their level of willingness to serve, experience, and evidence of successful distance education teaching. Mentors must have completed the DE Readiness Course and have taught online at least once to be considered.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are on sabbatical or administrative leave from the College of Charleston you will not be eligible to be a Faculty Mentor until you have resumed your duties on campus. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to determine eligibility and obtain all signatures on the Mentoring Application.