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Sustaining Distance Learning. Panel Discussion May 27, 2011 John F. Beyers, Ph.D. Academic Director, UMUC USDLA, MD Chapter. Welcome & Introductions . National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Johns Hopkins University, Associate Director, Distance Education

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Sustaining distance learning

Sustaining Distance Learning

Panel Discussion

May 27, 2011

John F. Beyers, Ph.D.

Academic Director, UMUC

USDLA, MD Chapter


Welcome introductions
Welcome & Introductions

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

  • Johns Hopkins University, Associate Director, Distance Education

  • University of Maryland University College, Academic Director

  • Maryland Distance Learning Association, Past-President

  • US Distance Learning Association, MD-Chapter Representative


Overview of online education
Overview of Online Education

  • "Today, I don't think any college or university has an option not to have a virtual presence. So the question is , what form does that take, and who drives that in terms of its full integration into a face-to-face campus ...“

  • “Two benefits of online learning -- cost reduction and the ability to use educational technology to create and measure more standardized learning outcomes.”

    Western Governors University (May 2011)

    http://www.edpath.com/images/EightQuestions.pdf


Grants and sustainability brief overview selected
Grants and Sustainability (Brief Overview, Selected)

  • AT&T Foundation: $500,000

  • Toyota Foundation: $250,000

  • Gates Foundation: $750,000 (University Program)


University program sustainability
University Program Sustainability

  • University Program Sustainability is the ability of a program to continue engaging students to meet the needs of the students, through potentially changing circumstances and sources of support.


Components for university program sustainability
Components for University Program Sustainability

SYNERGY among:

  • University Mission / Goals

  • Program Level Outcomes

  • Course Level Outcomes

  • Outcomes-based Assessment (Evaluation of Programs, Courses, Faculty, and Students)

  • Sufficient “Business Model”


Quality of programs
Quality of Programs

  • External Accrediting Entities (University / Program Level): Outcomes-based assessment

  • Quality Matters (Course Level)

  • Faculty Input/Feedback

  • Student Input/Feedback


Mission and purpose of usdla state chapters
Mission and Purpose of USDLA State Chapters

  • Mission: State Chapters

    To support the development and application of distance learning, education and training (DLE&T) by uniting state-wide learners.

  • Purpose: State Chapters

    Create powerful alliances to meet the burgeoning education and training needs of state-wide learning communities.

    Learning, education and training communities include:

    • Corporate Training - Pre K-12 - Higher Education

    • Home Schooling - Continuing Education

    • Military & Government Education & Training


Goals of usdla state chapters
Goals of USDLA State Chapters

  • To provide state-wide leadership in the field of distance learning, education & training.

  • To advocate and promote the use of distance learning, education & training within the state.

  • To provide current information on distance learning, education & training within the state.

  • To represent the distance learning, education & training community before state-wide government policy and regulatory bodies.


State chapter benefits
State Chapter Benefits

  • Washington Policy Emphasis and Congressional Relations

  • Global Focus

  • Gateway to USDLA and Distance Learning

  • National Recognition

  • Practitioners’ Publication

  • Powerful network of Leaders in Business and Industry

  • Chapter Support

  • Legal Representation


Organizations a start
Organizations… a Start…

US Distance Learning Association (USDLA): www.usdla.org

Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA): http://www.marylanddla.org/

University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA): http://upcea.edu/


Welcome discussion
Welcome Discussion

Feel free to contact me if you would like to continue a discussion…

[email protected]


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