Ruth Hickey is Director of the Open Learning Centre in Humber College, Toronto where 90% of the college's online courses are taught by part-time instructors.
To help create a sense of community, she sends a welcome letter to each instructor, reminding them of the services available that can help the teaching experience be positive:
"In a lot of cases, online faculty feel that the focus is on making sure that the student is happy and that no one is really there for them."
In the following video, Dr. Van Davis, Director of Innovations in Higher Education at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Austin, TX, discusses the importance of professional development.
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