Posts Tagged ‘distance education leaders’
A growing number of colleges obtained the necessary approvals in states in which they serve distance students, but many have a long way to go. As an alternative to seeking approval, an increasing number of institutions no longer accept students from some states. These are the findings of a survey of nearly 200 colleges conducted jointly by three leading distance education organizations.
July 23 - Cultivating Stronger Relationships with Online Faculty through an On-Campus Visitation Program
Strategic relationships build strong commitment and a measurably higher expectation of compliance in all areas, including institutions of higher learning. Columbia Southern University (CSU), a fully online institution, developed an on-campus visitation program in the spring of 2011, inviting groups of faculty to attend a one-day or two-day event for the purpose of connecting faculty to their campus support structure.
Distance education administrators must constantly juggle concerns about academic integrity, technology, and student access, along with campus politics and their own learning curve. Fred Lokken is chairman of the Instructional Technology Council and associate dean for teaching technologies at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nev. As part of an ITC Conference panel, he and his colleagues considered some of the challenges that distance education administrators face
The debate for “control” of distance education at institutions of higher learning continues. On one side, the administration side, there is a need for centralization of operations, to include course development, instructor training and development, scheduling, evaluation, and student and faculty issues. On the other side of the debate, faculty leaders (deans, department chairs, program coordinators) tend to favor decentralization.
Higher education faces a number of pressures today that online learning may be able to help address. The economy is increasingly driven by knowledge and technology continues to evolve. At the same time, people are becoming more mobile while demanding lifelong learning to meet their educational needs. All of these pressures are coming to bear on academe, and universities are deciding whether and how to respond.
WCET and The Campus Computing Project share their findings from the 2009 Managing Online Education Survey with details on how different schools handle the operational, instructional, and IT issues of their online programs. The survey data are based on responses from 182 senior campus officials at two- and four-year public and private U.S. colleges and universities.
As distance education continues to become a fact of institutional life, provosts, academic vice presidents, and board members are asking questions of distance educators that can only be answered with in-depth academic-style research and analysis.