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First-ever webcast keeps online faculty connected to campus

Summer 2012 : Liberty University News Service

Liberty University held its first-ever webcast meeting on March 7 for faculty members in its online program.

Liberty currently has more than 2,000 faculty members around the globe teaching courses with Liberty University Online. More than 1,200 logged in to the webcast – including faculty in Columbia, Germany, and South Korea. They were joined by about 300 residential faculty who attended the event in Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center.

Faculty members were introduced to academic deans and had the chance to hear from Chancellor and President Jerry Falwell, Jr., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Dr. Ron Godwin, and Vice Provost Dr. Ron Hawkins.

A special video presentation surveying Liberty University’s academic life, athletic programs, and spiritual activities was shown for the first time. (You can view the video on Liberty’s YouTube page.)

In welcoming online faculty to the webcast, Godwin said the purpose was to help them connect “as real, true members of the Liberty University academic family.”

“We want their experience to be comparable in every way possible (to residential faculty),” he said. “We want this to be a global community of scholars and academics that are servicing a global population of Christ-centered students.”

The event was a collaboration of different departments and offices within the university, including Marketing, Information Technology, Technical Productions, and the offices of the Chancellor, Provost and Vice Provost. They worked in conjunction with Cisco, an external vendor.

Because of its success, the administration plans to hold online faculty meeting webcasts four times a year, twice during the fall semester and twice in the spring, with more interactive features.