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Development of an Online Masters Jim Flowers Ball State University [email protected] Master of Arts Technology Education Industrial Vocational / Technical Education (Career and Technical Education) Logistical Parameters Online courses to replace F2F courses 100% online from Ball State

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Development of an Online Masters

Jim Flowers

Ball State University

[email protected]


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Master of Arts

  • Technology Education

  • Industrial Vocational / Technical Education

    • (Career and Technical Education)


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Logistical Parameters

  • Online courses to replace F2F courses

  • 100% online from Ball State

  • 30 Credit Hours (thesis opt.)

  • 9 hours may be transferred

  • Technology Education

    • All courses offered in a 1-year period

  • Industrial Vocational Technical Education

    • All courses offered in a 2-year period


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Current Status

  • Two Masters proposed

  • Fourteen courses scheduled to go online

  • Faculty preparation

  • Local administration

  • Pilot online course in 2nd implementation

  • Marketing work


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Inception

  • Declining F2F Enrollments

  • Championed Idea

  • Individual Pilot Course:

    • ITEDU 510: Technology, Use & Assessment


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Pilot Course Development

  • Contract

    • 2 semesters work with Inst. Technologist

    • Assigned time

    • Taking an online course

    • Taking workshops

    • Using BSU tools

    • Course ownership


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Needs Assessment

  • Survey sent to Tech. Ed. (ITEA members)

  • Substantial need exists

  • Obstacles exit

  • http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JTE/v13n1/flowers.html


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Need

  • Convenience

    • Place

    • Time flexibility

  • Continuing education credits

  • Graduate degree & course in Tech. Ed.


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Obstacles

  • Misconceptions?

    • Poor quality

    • Not much human contact

  • Ignorance (Where to find courses)

  • Technological obstacles

  • Administrative obstacles


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Decision to Go Online

  • Declining F2F enrollment

  • 8 profs – unanimous decision

  • Both masters

  • Proposal:

    • www.bsu.edu/web/jcflowers1/projects/onlinemasters/proposal.htm


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Approvals

  • Program Committee & Chair

  • Dean

  • Continuing Education Dean

  • “Teleplex” (funds for development)

  • Univ. Graduate Education Committee

  • Indiana Commission on Higher Education


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Financial Faculty Support / Course

  • $1500 + $1500 development

    • Stipend or course buy out

  • $1500 1st implementation bonus

    • Stipend or course buy out

  • $50 / student over minimum (6)

  • $750 course revision


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Non-Financial Faculty Support

  • Workshops

  • Assistance in planning online learning

  • Assistance in using online learning tools

  • Reviews of course materials and plans


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Administration

  • Director of Online Education (department)

  • Two colleges


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On-Campus vs. Off-Campus

  • Advertisements and course listings

  • Fee structure

  • Faculty load


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(Program) Lessons Learned

  • Find and support a champion.

  • Justify a need. Fill a niche.

  • Pilot a course.

  • Fit university goals & mission.

  • Utilize university support systems.

  • Provide for assessment.


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(Course) Lessons Learned

  • Eliminate garbage.

  • Go beyond shovelware.

    • Provide for student-student communication.

    • Provide for student-instructor communication.

  • Be prepared for non-target students.

  • Be prepared for technical problems.


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Sample Course

  • ITEDU 510, Technology: Use & Assessment

  • Info:

    • www.bsu.edu/web/jcflowers1/510intro.htm

  • Modules:

    • www.bsu.edu/web/jcflowers1/rlo/510.htm


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Blackboard 5.5.1 L3 Course Site


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Discussion Board Forums


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Sample Thread


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Sample Posting


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Learning Modules


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Learning Modules


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Research Opportunities

  • Collaborative Online Learning

  • Reusable Learning Objects

  • (Stimulating faculty research)


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Challenges

  • Marketing

  • Course and program development

  • Ownership issues

  • Promotion, tenure, salary issues

  • Possible off-campus instructors

  • Technical issues (bandwidth, etc.)


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Development of an Online Masters

Dr. Jim Flowers

Associate Prof. & Director of Online Education

Industry & Technology, Ball State University

[email protected]


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