A critical aspect of a successful teaching and learning experience is the degree of proficiency of the online instructor. Without a skilled, competent instructor the students' ability to succeed in their learning experienced is hampered. This session will share the results of research undertaken by Penn State's World Campus to define and categorize the core competencies for online and blended teaching success.
Dr. Lawrence C. Ragan is Director-Faculty Development for Penn State's World Campus. Dr. Ragan is charged with directing the design and development of a wide range of faculty development services and systems. Dr. Ragan has worked in online educational design and delivery for over 15 years and has taught a variety of online courses and faculty development programs.
Dr. Ragan is a frequent guest speaker and workshop facilitator and has presented internationally on the topics of instructional design, multimedia development, faculty development issues, quality in online learning and instructional design for distance education. His current areas of research includes the articulation of strategies, techniques and methods that faculty can use to manage their online teaching workload, quality of online instuction, and the definition of the core competencies required for online teaching success.
Dr. Ragan has served as co-director and faculty for three years with the EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Institute and co-directed and served as faculty for the PSU-Sloan-C Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning.