4CQ Model Guide


4CQ-CompetenceThe Competence Quality describes the faculty member’s knowledge/expertise in the subject matter, teaching methodology, and the learning tools and setting. The focus is on continually improving and expanding their skills and knowledge. A Quality Faculty member understands their subject, students, and classroom. They also add depth & breadth to student learning beyond the course materials or prepared content. They demonstrate expertise in subject matter, lifelong learning, good teaching, and technology skills. They model a passion for teaching and learning subject matter.

Highly knowledgeable in their subject area and continually learning new ideas or skills 

This characteristic emphasizes your knowledge and expertise as an instructor as well as learning new things, gaining greater understanding and knowledge, or developing your skills. A Quality Faculty does more than just facilitate discussion and grade assignments. He or she adds knowledge value and content to the learning experience. A Quality Faculty is also a great learner with a passion for learning and the simple joys of discovery. As such, you also stay abreast of the changing trends and ideas in your subject area.

Do you regularly read magazines, blogs, or journals related to your field? When was the last time you read up on a new idea, a new tool or method, or a new concept? Do you know where the good websites are for learning about your topic? The 4C Model seeks to allow room for you as the faculty member to meaningfully contribute you own understanding, knowledge, and expertise to the students’ learning.

Different programs use different approaches for developing curriculum. In a more traditional teaching environment, the faculty member has responsibility for 100% of the classroom: the content, the lessons, the resources, the presentation, and the grading. In OKWU’s online model, we use more of a facilitator model in which the bulk of the curriculum has already been developed. The faculty member comes to the classroom with the lessons, resources, objectives, and assignments already laid out. In most cases, these decisions are made independent of the adjunct instructor. In many such models, the instructor’s primary role is to facilitate dialogue and grade submitted work.

However, we want to make use of the knowledge, experiences, and formal education that adjuncts bring to the table. We recognize that you have something worthwhile to offer in the area in which you’ve been hired to teach. Your expertise was an important factor in assigning you to this course. We are constantly working on ways to allow an instructor to bring their own knowledge and learning to the table.

Personal Teaching Profile:

What specific subject areas, topics, or specialties do you have that you could bring to this class? What are you good at or very knowledgeable in that would be of value to your students? What things will you do to continue to learn new things about your subject area or to stay current in your field or area of teaching focus?

Some suggestions and ideas we’ve used:

  • For a particular course, consider what you could add to the material or resources that would make a difference to the students.
  • Maintain a list of your best topics and subjects that you would love to share with your students
  • Prepare resources such as PDF lectures, short video clips, or narrated PowerPoint files that you could upload to the course
  • Identify articles or web resources that you would recommend as top-shelf material for additional learning or even assignments
  • Write mini-lectures (800-1000 words) about different topics related to the course and publish those mini-lectures in the discussion boards, as downloadable documents, or video files
  • Maintain licensure or certification through continued education.
  • Become a member of a professional organization related to your area of expertise or experience
  • Join professional networks such as LinkedIn or Academia.edu.
  • Follow related professionals or notable figures on Twitter, Facebook, or other social media.
  • Use the online databases through the university library to regularly find new articles or journals related to topics of interest.
  • Use online news aggregators such as Zite or Flipbook to collect news, trends, articles, or blog posts about topics you choose.

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