Talent Development in a Virtual Education

Course Number: DEL 7640
Course Name: Talent Development in a Virtual Education (Online)
Course Description:    Students in this course will examine the ever-changing cultural and technological environment of education as it relates to tools used by higher education administrators the tools to develop talent among their faculty/staff and provide relevant professional development opportunities.  Course content will include technologies to master the craft of teaching, scaffolding practices, professional needs assessment and goal setting, continuous performance appraisals, and various professional development activities, such as peer review/mentoring, teaching circles, best practice share sites, and online conferences.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Master of Science in Distance Education Leadership

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Construct a human resources system.
  • Analyze various levels of status among employees, staff, and faculty.
  • Propose an effective organization infrastructure that motivates, rewards, and sustains talent. 
  • Evaluate the various media for developing talent in a virtual environment situation.
  • Recommend a strategy that recognizes faculty identity and provides for faculty ownership in the virtual education.

Unit Descriptions
Course Organization and Assignment Descriptions

Unit 1: Leadership in Talent Development
Unit 1 provides a detailed view of what is means to be a distance learning leader. It provides the foundation from which to delve more deeply into the art of talent development in virtual education. In Lesson 1, Introduction to Course and Employment Status, we will examine the role of administrator from a human resources perspective. Then in Lesson 2 we will focus on leading in e-learning and will examine more deeply the role of the distance education leader at an institutional level. We will consider in-depth some of the challenges that face leaders and strategies for success. Finally, Lesson 3, Leading Effective E-learning, we will learn about learning analytics and big data, as well as other methods by which a distance education leader can evaluate e-learning and improve effectiveness.

Unit 2: Faculty Development

In Unit 2, we examine various aspects of online faculty development. In lesson 2.1, we look at the attributes that constitute an excellent online instructor. Then, in lesson 2.2, we look at how distance learning leaders go about supporting the development of excellent online instructors. In lesson 2.3, we examine faculty development more deeply as we review various models of faculty development. Lesson 2.4 will focus on one very important aspect of faculty development, faculty mentoring and how mentoring can be utilized in faculty development to achieve excellence. Next, in lesson 2.5, we step away from higher education and look solely upon virtual education in K-12 and how faculty can be supported through faculty development. In lesson 2.6, we examine how evaluation is linked to all the training we’ve previously discussed and how to close the circle. The unit culminates with an examination of best practices in online faculty development in lesson 2.7.

Unit 3: Support Staff and Strategic Planning

In unit three, we examine talent development in virtual education with a focus on support staff and strategic planning. We start with lesson 3.1, where we look specifically at the development and implementation of student support services, as well as the role of technology and how effective technology support services directly impacts the success of an online program. In lesson 3.2, we examine the elements that constitute an effective strategic leader and how leadership skills translate into talent development.  Lesson 3.3 will consider leadership beyond the institution and how active leadership outside of the home institution not only benefits distance learning world-wide, but it provides talent development opportunities for the individual distance education leader.  In lesson 3.4, we wind down to focus on final assignments due in the last two weeks of the term. In the final lesson, lesson 3.5, we wrap-up the term with the submission of the final research paper and a reflection on the course over the entire term with the submission of the professional development journal reflection.

Grading Scale
A 1070 - 1130 points
A- 1030 - 1069 points
B+ 1000 - 1029 points
B 970 - 999 points
B- 930 - 969 points
C+ 900 - 929 points
C 870 - 899 points
C- 830 - 869 points
D+ 800 - 829 points
D 770 - 799 points
D- 730 - 769 points
F 0 - 729 points


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