Spreading the Message

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The purpose of this post is to consider how I will disseminate the results of my upcoming Advanced Research Project (ARP) once I’ve completed the work.  This is an important topic, as the determination of the audience for my message will absolutely have an impact on how I compose the document and will also provide direction on the nature of the research.

As a quick overview, the objective of my ARP is to explore the literature on the onboarding process of novice part-time faculty for online and blended learning in higher education and their preparedness to perform that task effectively, then to provide recommendations on the improvement of that system.  With this in mind, the immediate audience for my research are the Human Resource and subsequently the Organizational Development and Learning (ODL) department at various post-secondary institutions.  The latter department varies in name depending on the institution, but the goal is to communicate with those people who are responsible for the on-boarding and training of newly hired part-time faculty.

In order to communicate with this group, I will begin by conversing directly with the people responsible for this task at the college at which I’m currently employed.  I have an existing relationship with the department and have already informed them of the nature of my upcoming project and they’ve expressed interest in hearing the results.  So, this should be a fairly simple process of arranging a meeting and presenting the ARP to them once it’s been completed.  In terms of communicating with other institutions, there are a number of avenues I might pursue to build a larger audience.  There is the annual Higher Education Summit and the Canada International Conference on Education.  These are two examples of high profile gatherings of respected, innovative, and forward thinking educators who are invested in the improvement of teaching practices.  For both of these examples, I would need to apply to be included as a speaker at these events, requiring me to develop a presentation that is both concise and compelling.

Another organization with which I could communicate is eCampusOntario, a respected provincial organization dedicated to the improvement of online education in Ontario, the province in which I reside.  Again, I have an existing  relationship with this organization as an Empowered Educator, a certification obtained through the completion of course work developed by that group.  eCampusOntario has contacts with ODL departments throughout the province and this would be an excellent resource for gaining access to decision makers in the onboarding process for part-time faculty.

This is just an early look at how I might disseminate the results of my ARP.  As I explore the topic, avenues I haven’t considered may present themselves and they’ll need to be evaluated on their own merit on whether a shift in my topic, or my audience would benefit my objective or not.  We’ll see!

2 thoughts on “Spreading the Message”

  1. This looks like a great plan Christopher. The conferences sound like good opportunities as does eCampusOntario. Thomson Rivers University might be another that might be interested as they coordinate a lot of online education; Athabasca University might be interested as well given their structure with what they call ‘tutors’ — who are the part time people who do the bulk of the online teaching particularly at the under grad level. You don’t need to include these ideas, just ones to keep in mind if you are looking for additional opportunities.

    Deb

    1. Thanks so much, Deb. I appreciate you taking the time to read my post and respond. Thomson River University and Athabasca University are excellent suggestions. Thanks so much for your insight.

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