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Distance Education for Faculty and Staff: Keeping Them Trained and in ComplianceEugenio A. Chong, M.A. Instructional Technology and Media
Despite the advances in new technologies and online education, many faculty and staff trainings have not keep abreast of these changes and are insufficient in the way they are taught or facilitate learning and understanding. These trainings rely on memorization alone, which cannot promote meaningful learning. They have also failed to promote participation among faculty and staff who depend on these trainings to do their jobs. A new approach is needed that can help achieve meaningful learning and address these two problems by providing a curriculum that can adapt to our busy lives and promote participation and understanding using online lecture and forums, scenarios, community leaders, social learning, follow-up testing, monthly discussions and encouragement. By focusing on meaningful learning and understanding of the topics, this curriculum changes the status quo and puts the learner in command of their own learning and understanding of the topic, which in this curriculum uses FERPA rules and regulations as the main topic. Social learning takes a unique position as this curriculum emphasizes social learning to achieve learning and understanding from both experts and peers.