presented by the Koehler Center for Instruction, Engagement and Innovation
The Koehler Center provides eFaculty 2.0 – five 45-minute workshops offered in person or self-paced online – to support faculty who teach online. The eFaculty 2.0 workshops combine the technical aspects of teaching online with the unique skills needed to engage with students in an online environment. [This replaces the former time-consuming sessions for eFaculty Certification and Hybrid Certification.]
+ Assures that TCU provides high-quality learning, engagement and presence online.
+ Maintains TCU’s personal and connected atmosphere even when we are not face-to-face with our students.
+ Adheres to the regulatory requirements of higher education governing bodies.
- New instructors of record – All five eFaculty 2.0 workshops are required.
- TCU instructors of record who did not complete previous Hybrid Certification – All five eFaculty 2.0 workshops are required.
- TCU instructors of record who completed previous Hybrid Certification – One 45-minute workshop, “Student Engagement.,” is required.
- NOT REQUIRED – Professors who are eFaculty Certified.
eFACULTY 2.0 WORKSHOPS
All workshops may be taken in person or online according to your choice. Registration is on the Koehler Center website here.
WORKSHOP 1: Instructor Presence
WORKSHOP 2: Student Engagement
Required for instructors-of-record who completed Hybrid Certification.
WORKSHOP 3: Active and Authentic Learning
WORKSHOP 4: Feedback and Community Building
WORKSHOP 5: Course Evaluation and Continuous Improvement
SUMMER 2024 ONLINE TEACHING
If you plan to teach online for summer 2024, the deadline to complete eFaculty 2.0, either all five or #2 as required, is January 27, 2024. Otherwise, you may schedule your workshop(s) as time permits.
Completion certifies that all TCU instructors have the proven pedagogy and best practices available for teaching and engaging students online.
Who is required to complete eFaculty 2.0?
- All new instructors of record are required to complete all five eFaculty 2.0 workshops in person or online at your own pace.
- TCU instructors of record who completed Hybrid Certification are required to take one 45-minute workshop on student engagement.
- Instructors who did not complete Hybrid Certification must complete all five workshops.
- Faculty who received eFaculty Certification are not required to take any eFaculty 2.0 workshops.
- If you plan to teach an online course during summer, you must complete either all five workshops or workshop #2 Student Engagement (per above requirements) by January of that year.
Who is not required to complete eFaculty 2.0?
Those professors who are eFaculty Certified are not required to complete eFaculty 2.0; however, all TCU faculty are encouraged to take one or more workshops at their discretion and pace.
How do I know if I am already eFaculty Certified or Hybrid Certified?
Three ways. You will have received an email notification when you completed training. Deans and department chairs have a spreadsheet of faculty who have earned eFaculty certifications. Any faculty member can go to any of their TCU Online courses and select Assessment – Awards – Include awards from other courses to see past badges and certifications, as well as eFaculty 2.0 Workshops completed.
Why do I need to take the one 45-minute course on student engagement if I have already completed Hybrid Certification?
Hybrid Certification was created quickly for an emergency situation. While it covered the logistics and technology of delivering an online course, it only touched on the pedagogy and best practices to keep online students engaged and present. We want to assure that, even online, our students receive a personal, connected academic experience, This one 45-minute course can be taken in person or online at your pace and on your timeline.
Do I have to take the workshop(s) in person on certain dates?
No. for your convenience, these self-paced workshops can be completed according to your schedule.
If I completed training for teaching online courses outside of TCU, do I still need to take eFaculty 2.0?
Check your credentials with Dr. Sunny Farhadi, director of online and distance learning in the Koehler Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once verified, vetted and approved, you will receive badge(s) for your external eFaculty certification. Additionally, any faculty member can go to any of their TCU Online courses – select Assessment – Awards – Include awards from other courses – to see past badges and certifications, as well as eFaculty 2.0 Workshops completed.
Who regulates TCU’s training for teaching online?
TCU’s governing body, the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission of Colleges (SACSCOC) provides policy for distance education as well as best practices for electronically offered degree and certificate programs. eFaculty 2.0 workshops assess at least two regular and substantive interactions, to ensure ADA compliance and Universal Design for Learning guidelines, and include an inclusive social presence in online practices. The workshops also address guidelines for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA), and anticipated guidelines from the Department of Education.