The number of faculty innovators on the cutting edge of using technology in the classroom has grown in recent years. However, many faculty members have limited background in the high-end technologies and instructional design expertise typically needed to develop more technologically sophisticated course projects. The University of Florida's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences recently completed a project to address the need of developing training materials for faculty who teach or plan to teach distance education courses. The �Distance Education Faculty Training Program� (DEFT), a collaborative effort of instructional designers, professors, and communication specialists, resulted. The objective of this paper was to describe the evolution and development of this project, which resulted in the production of a self-paced interactive training program showing faculty how to develop an effective distance education course.



case study, faculty training program, distance education, University of Florida

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