This research study reviewed the Online Instructor Evaluation System (OIES) used by Park University’s Distance Learning program. The system is a peer/administrative means to evaluate adjunct instructors for effective online class facilitation. Online instructors who had been evaluated by the OIES were surveyed on their perspective of how the OIES impacted their online instruction. Both quantitative and qualitative results of the research survey indicated that online adjunct instructors perceived the OIES as a beneficial system to gauge and improve online facilitation.
Examples of the survey instrument and results will be proffered. As time allows, interactivity will include quizzing the audience members on their roles for their institutions, background in evaluation, and experiences with evaluation of online instructors.
Marthann Schulte, Park University, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
Marthann Schulte, PhD is an Associate Professor of Education at Park University, teaching and developing online courses for the graduate program in Adult Education. She is also the Coordinator of Online Faculty Evaluation and leads a team that oversees online instructor training, mentoring and evaluation. This evaluation team, which has created a number of unique, research based online training and evaluation programs, works with more than 500 online adjuncts per academic year. Marthann’s doctorate (PhD) is in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from Kansas State University, where she focused on online learning and distance education modes. Marthann is a military spouse (Army) and works for Park University at a distance from Portsmouth, Virginia.