Faculty Development for Teaching Online: Pedagogical and Technological Issues

Anne M. Barker, Sacred Heart University

Originally published:

Baker, Anne M. "Faculty Development for Teaching Online: Pedagogical and Technological Issues." Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 34.6 (2003): 273-278.


The purpose of this article is to describe the process of creating a faculty development program for online instruction. Both educational and technological issues are discussed. Factors that will facilitate and barriers that will impede the implementation of online courses are included. Many faculty concerns regarding online courses relate to the issues of quality and student learning. Faculty development activities are directed to ensure that courses are developed using sound educational theory and principles. Online courses are first about student learning; using the technology is second. Thus, faculty development programs must be two-pronged, involving instructional design and technology. It is an ongoing process that must be focused on continual training and development.