Lake Superior College POET Program

Lake Superior College was asked to share our POET initiative in an upcoming D2L Brightspace webinar (listed on the bottom of this page under “The Poetry of Teaching and Technology“).

Lake Superior College participates in Quality Matters, having had a handful of courses certified and peer reviewers trained, while at the same time we are involved in our own Program for Online Excellence (POET)POET includes an administrative evaluation process; three levels of faculty training for D2L Brightspace and teaching pedagogy; a formalized faculty mentoring component; and a comprehensive faculty peer review program, which looks at both teaching and course design. Right now, we’re running all three levels of training. POET Level 1, Online Teacher Training D2L Brightspace Basics, is a four-week online class, co-led by the Instructional Technologist and an experienced online faculty mentor. This level is intended for faculty and staff who are new to, or less familiar, with the online platform. POET Level 2, Online Teaching Fundamentals, is a 12-week class taught by the Instructional Technologist and the Online Faculty Development Coordinator, intended for faculty who are ready to develop an online course for delivery. Our newest POET Level 3 , Online Teaching Redesign, is for experienced online faculty who are ready (if not overdue) to revise their courses. This level runs as a teaching circle and includes a pre- and post-peer review, and each participant is supported by an online faculty mentor.

Our faculty are highly energized by the POET–unlike with anything else we’ve done in terms of professional development. The POET program supports ongoing faculty development and continuous improvement, term after term, of online and hybrid courses, as well as onground courses with D2L Brightspace course shells.

Our webinar will be presented by the LSC Team of

  • Amy Jo Swing, English Instructor & Online Faculty Development Coordinator
  • Jody Ondich, Humanities/Philosophy Instructor &  Online Peer Review Coordinator
  • Hanna Erpestad, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences & e-Learning Administrator

It is our hope and intention to represent our college and system in the most positive way!

Let me know if you have any questions at all.

Hanna Erpestad
Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Lake Superior College
Duluth, MN 55811
Tel. 218-733-7667


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