Breakout Session

Empowering Online Teaching and Learning: Reflections on Implementing an Online Faculty Development Program

Track: Learning & Teaching Innovations

Breakout Session VI
Fri 9:20 am – 10:15 am

As online program initiatives continue to increase at Montclair State University, so does the need to support faculty in making this paradigm shift to online teaching and learning. For the past year the Technology Training and Integration group has offered an online faculty development program focused on key pedagogical principles important for online teaching and learning. From the fall of 2012, when the first cohort was offered, through the summer of 2013, there have been approximately 160 faculty registered for this program, across colleges and departments. This presentation will share the structure and components of the faculty development program and reflect on faculty participation and survey responses from this first year of implementation.

Carolyn Demefack
Senior Instructional Designer
Montclair State University

Bio / Expertise
Carolyn Demefack is a Senior Instructional Designer with Montclair State University. She has over fifteen years of experience as an educator and brings extensive experience leveraging technology and multimedia to enhance learning. Her work focuses on the design, development and management of adult education in online, hybrid, and face-to-face programs. She is dedicated to developing learning environments that meet the needs of diverse learners, encourage critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and reflection. She leads online faculty development initiatives, facilitates training and provides one-on-one support. She brings experience applying a wide variety of instructional design methodologies and learner-centered pedagogical approaches to media rich learning environments. Carolyn has a MA in Educational Communications and Technology from the NYU Steinhart School of Education.


Jinxia He
Instructional Designer
Montclair State University

Bio/ Expertise
Dr. Jinxia He is an Instructional Designer at Montclair State University. Before that, she worked as an Instructional Design Technologist at Atlanta University Center. She received her Ph.D. with a specialization in Instructional System Design from University of Central Florida. Her research interests focus on using instructional strategies in online teaching and learning, building online learning communities and team based learning especially virtual teams, as well as the application of emerging technologies in education.


Andy Cui
Instructional Designer
Montclair State University

Andy Cui is an instructional designer in the TTI Group at Montclair State University. He holds a MS degree of Instructional Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate of Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech. His research interests include studying social presence in online learning, the development of online community, online communication, students’ personal traits such as locus of control, use of mobile devices, especially cell phones in teaching and learning.