Faculty Training: In A Class Of Its Own

A faculty training session

Providing our students with the best possible education has always been the primary objective at Forsyth Tech. So when the college received a $2.5 million Title III grant in 2014 from the U.S. Department of Education, it immediately launched a program to improve academic success for students.

Dr. Torry Reynolds, an educator with experience in academic support and developmental education, has joined Forsyth Tech as the Title III grant coordinator. “Our goal is to support one of Forsyth Tech’s greatest assets: our faculty,” she says.

The first step: Establish a Center for Transformative Learning (CTL). This initiative will offer training in new and innovative teaching methods to all Forsyth Tech faculty. Many of these teaching methods and strategies will be useful to faculty whether they teach face-to-face or online classes. “Many of our instructors are experts in their fields, and we want to give them opportunities to learn instructional methods to deliver information to students in the most effective way,” explains James Cook, dean, Learning Technologies. The Center will also hire an instructional designer and director to assist in faculty development.

Grant funds were also used to purchase software that will give faculty a way to identify students struggling in key gateway courses. Student Services will partner with the Center to train instructors to coach these at-risk students and refer them for tutoring and other campus support services.

In addition, the grant will pay for the installation of wireless networks at the college’s five off-campus centers, cover costs for faculty media/training rooms, and allow for creation of a collaborative space in the Oak Grove Center where students can work on joint assignments.