online course quality
The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) has announced the results of its 2013 Managing Online Education Survey. The survey focuses on “practices that promote quality in online education, especially in terms of an institution demonstrating leadership or providing services that enhance faculty and student success,” according to the executive summary.
The structure of the entire program is as important as the structure of the individual course. And there are clear standards for assessing how well an online program is supporting both faculty and students. Led by Kaye Shelton, PhD, this seminar focuses on research into the seven key measurable aspects of quality in online education, as outlined in a research study by the Institute for Higher Education Policy in 2000, re-affirmed and updated in 2010 by a panel of 43 seasoned online education administrators.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
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
Online programs are under a microscope. Some school faculty and administrators are concerned with maintaining academic quality, while others have already identified problems with quality and integrity. Negative media exposure has caused accreditors and other stakeholders to scrutinize online learning, and college and university administrators know that they need to respond.
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.
The rapid growth of online education, coupled with instances of lax academic integrity and cases involving questionable instructional quality, has put the entire industry under the microscope. As a result, today’s distance education programs are looking to not only prove the quality of their programs, but improve them as well.
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
Online Course Quality Assurance: Using Evaluations and Surveys to Improve Online Teaching and Learning
In order to improve online programs, courses, and instruction, you have to first determine your goals, select metrics that will tell you what we want to know, analyze these metrics for clues about needed changes, and then make those changes. It may sound simple, but it isn’t.
Shortcomings of an online course are not always obvious to the person who created it or teaches it. That is why it is helpful to seek other sources of information to determine whether a course is meeting its objectives. Mary Hricko, library director and associate professor of library and media services at Kent State University Geauga Campus and Twinsburg Center, recommends doing this in the following three ways: