Online Faculty Institute

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This five-week online experience provides a basic toolkit for online teaching at the graduate level such as effective course design, assessment, class preparation, grading and feedback, creating a community of student learners, and course management. Participants will join an online learning community guided by Dr. Laine Scales and Dr. Becky Parton.

Participants will invest at least 4-5 hours each of the five weeks to explore best practices and create tools for their courses while receiving feedback from peers and facilitators. A scheduled one-hour synchronous session each week will provide opportunities for discussion.

Instructors teaching in graduate and professional programs at all experience levels are encouraged to apply. Applications are due in early May. Please note that the Online Faculty Institute is limited to 15 participants.


Dr. Laine Scales is Professor of Higher Education and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Baylor University. Designated a Baylor Master Teacher in 2016, Dr. Scales teaches both traditional and online graduate courses in higher education and social work. She has been leading professional development with Baylor faculty and graduate students since 2005.

Dr. Becky Parton is an Instructional Designer for the Baylor’s Online Teaching and Learning Services Department. She was a professor for 10 years prior to coming to Baylor and a programmer before that. She has taught courses in face-to-face, online and blended formats. Dr. Parton was honored to receive the state-wide Technology Educator of the year in 2009 from the Louisiana Technology Council and the state-wide Educator of the year in 2011 from the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE).


OFI Fall 2018

Program dates: May 28 - June 30, 2018

OFI 2018 Cohort

  • Kristi Feutz, Louise Herrington School of Nursing
  • Brianna Garrison, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
  • Marie Lindley, Louise Herrington School of Nursing
  • John Miller, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Jasmine Opusunju, Public Health
  • Cheryl Riley, Louise Herrington School of Nursing
  • Sarah Ritter, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
  • Rob Rogers, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
  • Brian Thomas, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Michael Thompson, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Jennifer Woo, Louise Herrington School of Nursing