Learning Online Course Delivery: A Traditional Faculty Experience

James R. Kobolt, Winona State University

The University of Phoenix, a pioneer in online education, recently expanded course offerings to criminal justice. The University of Phoenix Online College recruits academics and professionals to deliver online courses. Recruited academics and professionals become acquainted with the university's teaching model by following a two-phased training process. First, the prospective faculty member completes an extensive four-week training program that requires substantive participation five out of seven days per week. Second, a closely monitored initial class is delivered by a new faculty member called a mentee and monitored by an experienced faculty member called mentor. This paper follows the chronological experiences of mentee, who was a ful-time tenure track faculty member at a state university with an interest in oneline course delivery. The paper makes recommendations for those considering online course delivery.

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