The future of faculty development in a networked world

Posted on May 19th, 2016

This article examines the importance of personalized learning, not only for students, but also for faculty learning emerging technologies. Personalized learning fosters learner agency and allows students to become content creators and curators, rather than simply consumers. The authors suggest that faculty development needs to be envisioned in a way that emphasizes the same engagement and outcomes, where personalized learning is put “into the framework of connected learning, with faculty becoming networked learners within and across institutions.” Connected learning has three primary learning principles: 1) shared purpose, where peers who share interests contribute to a common purpose; 2) production-centred, where opportunities are provided for learners to produce, circulate, curate, and comment on media; and 3) openly networked, where institutions and groups across various sectors are linked together.