About the Program

What is the Faculty Forward Program?


The Faculty Forward Program Model

Faculty Forward is an online and face-to-face blended program that was one of six projects funded by the DELTA Grant initiative through the Johns Hopkins University Provost Office. The program is designed by Whiting School of Engineering, Engineering for Professionals’ faculty and staff.

The faculty who complete the program will push the boundaries for what is possible in online and digital learning which is critical to the vision of the Whiting School of Engineering/Engineering for Professionals and The Johns Hopkins University. The faculty who participate in the program will be better equipped with the strategies and tools needed in today’s ever-evolving higher education climate.

The program models best practices in online, face-to-face, and blended learning modalities. The format includes online modules in the course management system, Blackboard, a face-to-face program spanning over several days at the Mt. Washington Conference Center, and a follow-up capstone project.

Program Components

Part 1: Online Modules
Part 2: On-Site Sessions
Part 3: Capstone Project

Module 1

In this module, you will explore the course - expectations, format, and tools. You will get to know the other participants in the program. This module will take 4-6 hours to complete.

Module 2

In this module, you will learn the key differences between online, face-to-face, and blended learning. We will explore what active learning is and how it can be applied to a course. This module will introduce you to different learning strategies based on research-based practices. Throughout the program, we will work on a plan to determine how you might use these in your course. This module will take 4-6 hours to complete.

Module 3

Module 3 takes a deeper dive into some key aspects of teaching and learning. In this module, you will pick a track focused on online teaching and learning or classroom-based teaching and learning including strategies, design, and/or technological elements. You will investigate the three types of interactions in your course and experiment using tools in the learning management system (LMS). This module will take 4-6 hours to complete.

Module 4

In module 4, we will dig deeper and explore the different types of assessments and assessment techniques. You will discuss and collaborate on a case scenario regarding a poor course evaluation and recommendations for improvement. Through this module, you will utilize several technology tools that can be used in your course. Finally, you will create a presentation (of your choice) to present to the group when we meet on-site in June. This module will take 4-6 hours to complete.

Day 1

Faculty Forward Day 1 of the on-site program starts off with an energetic kick-off and breakfast. We will jump right into the work that we began online to further design and develop a plan for our courses. A part of the program is actually engaging in the activities that are best for our students. To practice what we preach - we won't be preaching at you! You will be active participants using these strategies to accomplish learning with your peers. Click on "Day 1" for more information.

Day 2

Faculty Forward Day 2 of the on-site program consists of intensive workshopping with your colleagues. You will work together to create a plan to incorporate active learning and digital technologies into your teaching - whether that is online, in a classroom, or a combination. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work with the multimedia staff to create an introductory video for your online course site as well as take a formal portrait for your bio pages. Click on "Day 2" for more information.

Capstone Project

The Faculty Forward program includes a final capstone project that incorporates research-based teaching strategies and digital technologies. All capstone projects will vary from individual to individual and program to program. After completion of the capstone project, several participants will be selected to become "Faculty Forward Fellows". The fellows will be integral in future programs. Click on "Capstone & Fellows Program" to find out more.