130812-N-YU175-011 NEWPORT, R.I. – College of Distance Education Director, professor Jay Hickey, addresses faculty during a three-day Fleet Professors Workshop at the U.S. Naval War College, on Aug. 12. The workshop brought together more than 60 professors from around the nation to plan for the academic year ahead. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alice C. Hall/Released)
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alice C. Hall
Aug. 16, 2013
NEWPORT, R.I. – The College of Distance Education (CDE) wrapped up its three-day annual Fleet Professors Workshop at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Aug. 14, in Newport, R.I., where more than 60 professors from around the nation, met and planned for the academic year ahead.
“The workshop is an opportunity for adjunct professors, primarily in the Fleet Seminar Program (FSP), to return once a year to Newport to re-engage with their colleagues spread around the country,” said professor James Hickey, CDE director. “To get updated on curriculum changes, changes in ways to deliver the curriculum, and an opportunity to share experiences on ways to approach the various case studies.”
This workshop fully integrates geographically dispersed faculty members into NWC’s distance education programs and helps them stay connected to the college and with each other.
“Every time we have a briefing, it emphasize the different readings, different approaches,” said CDE professor Claudine Ferrel. “And, every time we get a new case study we have people from the resident faculty explain how they approach it.”
The collaborative exchanges between the resident, distance education, and adjunct distance faculty results in a better educational experience for all of NWC’s students, whether they attend the traditional resident program or pursue their joint professional military education (JPME) through non-traditional offerings.
“So by coming together in August, it’s an opportunity to have that chance to sit in a room with other people teaching the same course and ask them how they handle a given session,” said Hickey. “Then they have an opportunity over three days to talk about that so that they can take away a greater sense of understanding of both how they might approach it and how others approach it,” said Hickey.
NWC’s distance education programs encompass four different programs: the Fleet Seminar Program, which exports the Newport program to 20 sites around the United States; a Web-enabled course, which connects professors and students online; a CDROM course designed for shipboard and overseas-deployed students; and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. The programs are modeled on the Newport resident program.
“It’s important because it’s an extension of the War College, and we are able to offer the education to officers who can’t come here for a year, who are assigned in other places, or they have other reasons they can’t come here for a year and study in residence,” said CDE professor Tim Garrold.
NWC’s distance education is available to officers of the various military services and to senior Department of Defense and other Federal employees. Last academic year, more than 5,200 students from around the world were enrolled in CDE classes.
Edited by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy. Posted by Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Ohl.