managing distance education programs
Along with your work to create quality courses and train excellent online teachers, online education also brings with it a whole set of regulations. To make things more complicated, these regulations vary from state to state, with some states requiring nothing and others demanding filings and fees. This white paper provides guidance from Dr. Bruce Chaloux, CEO of the Sloan Consortium.
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.
Your students are unique and come to your online classes with different instructional and technological needs. Why would you use national data from schools with a different student population to guide your online course planning? This seminar will provide you with an action plan to gather data from your students and use those results to improve instruction and student outcomes.
video Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Navigating the ‘Patchwork Quilt’ of State Authorization Requirements Remains a Huge Challenge for Online Programs
State authorization of online programs is one of the biggest issues confronting higher ed institutions seeking to expand their reach to more distance learners. Since the introduction of federal regulations in October 2010 (section 600.9), institutions have been scrambling to respond to a myriad of state requirements.
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
Despite the challenges, it is possible to maintain academic rigor and integrity even though instructors and students are scattered across the state, across the country, or even across the world. This report will explain how to gather, analyze, and apply data that will lead to a better online experience for students, faculty, and staff.
In an email interview Richard Schilke, EdD, associate dean for online Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Open Campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville spoke with Distance Education Report about the importance of a continuous process improvement plan for online programs, and how the eQuality model addresses these needs.
Concerns about the quality of distance learning have been a hot topic lately. From media headlines to the recent legislative challenges of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, questions about quality are being asked over and over again. Now it’s time to provide some answers–and improve your program in the process.
audio Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
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.
Everyone wants a blueprint for managing their distance education program, but sometimes the best thing to do may be to throw away the old business model and begin thinking about new ways to deliver and share online courses.