We believe that faculty development--and teaching--is a journey and not a destination and that it’s one that we walk together. Our “come as you are” motto asks that you bring your authentic self to our community just as we bring ours.
We believe that faculty development can and should be a joyful experience that rejuvenates and refreshes your passion for teaching. And we believe that in order to best support our students, we must first support our faculty.
A passion project that began in 2017 as the Online Lecture Toolkit and evolved a year later into the Online Learning Toolkit is now OLT Faculty Development. A vehicle we have used to offer professional development opportunities to faculty at institutions all over the world.
The OLT Community is a place for caring, compassionate, and creative educators to connect with one another.
We share resources, advice, and support. We listen, learn, and grow together. We laugh. We come from different backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences with the shared purpose to continually improve the lives of our learners.
Judith Dutill, OLT Faculty Development Co-Founder, is an experienced online educator with over 20 years of working and teaching in higher education. She enjoys working with instructors who want to bridge the digital divide, develop media literacies, design instruction, advance online learning, and forge deeper connections with online students and peers. Her recent work focuses on teaching practical strategies for applying humanity-centered pedagogies. As faculty, she teaches online courses in public speaking, desktop publishing, and media and society.
Melissa Wehler, OLT Faculty Development Co-Founder, has worked in higher education and faculty development since 2007, spending much of the last decade in digital classrooms. She has held staff, faculty, and administrative appointments in higher educational institutions and currently focuses on instructional design. Her teaching includes classes on writing, cultural studies, and college readiness. Melissa is passionate about helping faculty realize their unique vision for their courses and helping to make that vision sustainable. She specializes in creating classroom community, using active learning, building social spaces in digital classrooms, and designing inclusive courses.
Niya Bond is a faculty development facilitator specializing in feminist, belonging, and online pedagogies; a co-curator at Feminist Pedagogy for Teaching Online; an online English educator; an academic adviser; and a Ph.D. candidate in higher education at the University of Maine, studying online faculty support. You can read more of Niya’s writing about higher ed, self-care, and feminist pedagogy, at her site.
Karen Costa is a faculty development facilitator specializing in online pedagogy and trauma-aware higher education. Karen loves leading faculty learners through fun, interactive, and supportive professional development experiences. Karen’s first book, 99 Tips for Creating Simple and Sustainable Educational Videos (Stylus, April 2020), focuses on helping faculty and teachers to make creative use of videos in their classrooms.