Faculty Forward Fellowship

The Faculty Forward Fellowship 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*, and a follow-up capstone project.

*Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the onsite activities will be offered as live synchronous workshopping activities online.

Program Components

Part 1: Online Modules
Part 2: Synchronous 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. By the end of this module, you will be able to: Explore course format and tools, discuss your professional and teaching background with program participants, and distinguish between online, face-to-face, and blended learning. This module will take 4-6 hours to complete.

Module 2

In this module, we will take a deep dive into terms. You will explore different teaching modalities and approaches. By the end of this module, you will be able to: Explain what active learning is and how it can be applied to a course, review different teaching strategies and determine how you might use these in your course, and investigate the three types of interactions in your course. This module will take 4-6 hours to complete. This module will take 4-6 hours to complete.

Module 3

This module focuses on the Make It Stick text and applying the ideas and strategies it presents in your course(s). By the end of this module you will be able to: Recognize perceptual illusions, cognitive biases, and distortions of memory (collectively referred to as illusions of knowing), explain techniques to help students learn, recognize how students learn best, and develop ideas for the application of concepts from Make It Stick (program textbook) to your course. This module will take 4-6 hours to complete.

Module 4

In this module, you will focus on how to assess student learning. You will also prepare for the synchronous meeting sessions. By the end of this module you will be able to: Explore the different types of assessments: diagnostic, formative, summative, and authentic, discuss and collaborate on a case scenario regarding a poor course evaluation and recommendations for improvement, and prepare a presentation of your reflection journal to share at the onsite program.  This module will take 4-6 hours to complete.

Synchronous Session Part 1

Part 1 of the synchronous session starts off with an energetic kick-off. We will jump right into the work that we began in the online modules 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 "Synchronous Session Part 1" for more information.

Synchronous Session Part 2

Part 2 of the synchronous session 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. Click on "Synchronous Session Part 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.