In a short span of time, the De Anza Community College Communication Studies department underwent a significant shift. In 4 years, the department went from a limited offering of 2 hybrid sections of Public Speaking to all face-to-face offerings having a 20% hybrid component incorporated. In addition, the department began to schedule its first ever online offerings of Interpersonal Communication (CID: COMM130), Argumentation (CID: COMM120), Writing and Critical Thinking (COMM 9) and Public Speaking (CID: COMM 110).
How can a subject historically known for traditional forms of instruction make such a radical change? How does the new curriculum address the shifting industry needs and trends? How were they able to do this so quickly? What challenges did they face? This session intends to answer each of those questions. In addition, the presenters aim to facilitate discussion around best practices in moving courses online, creating professional development and training opportunities for faculty to be prepared for such a shift, as well as ongoing challenges that come with exploring this space.
• Identify specific challenges and barriers within their departments for moving courses online.
• Develop a specific strategy grounded in best practices for increasing online course offerings in their departments.
• Describe & Evaluate departmental and college resources that can aid in professional development for online faculty.