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Development of an Online Masters Jim Flowers Ball State University jcflowers1@bsu.edu 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

Development of an Online Masters

Jim Flowers

Ball State University

jcflowers1@bsu.edu

master of arts
Master of Arts
  • Technology Education
  • Industrial Vocational / Technical Education
    • (Career and Technical Education)
logistical parameters
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
current status
Current Status
  • Two Masters proposed
  • Fourteen courses scheduled to go online
  • Faculty preparation
  • Local administration
  • Pilot online course in 2nd implementation
  • Marketing work
inception
Inception
  • Declining F2F Enrollments
  • Championed Idea
  • Individual Pilot Course:
    • ITEDU 510: Technology, Use & Assessment
pilot course development
Pilot Course Development
  • Contract
    • 2 semesters work with Inst. Technologist
    • Assigned time
    • Taking an online course
    • Taking workshops
    • Using BSU tools
    • Course ownership
needs assessment
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.
obstacles
Obstacles
  • Misconceptions?
    • Poor quality
    • Not much human contact
  • Ignorance (Where to find courses)
  • Technological obstacles
  • Administrative obstacles
decision to go online
Decision to Go Online
  • Declining F2F enrollment
  • 8 profs – unanimous decision
  • Both masters
  • Proposal:
    • www.bsu.edu/web/jcflowers1/projects/onlinemasters/proposal.htm
approvals
Approvals
  • Program Committee & Chair
  • Dean
  • Continuing Education Dean
  • “Teleplex” (funds for development)
  • Univ. Graduate Education Committee
  • Indiana Commission on Higher Education
financial faculty support course
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
non financial faculty support
Non-Financial Faculty Support
  • Workshops
  • Assistance in planning online learning
  • Assistance in using online learning tools
  • Reviews of course materials and plans
administration
Administration
  • Director of Online Education (department)
  • Two colleges
on campus vs off campus
On-Campus vs. Off-Campus
  • Advertisements and course listings
  • Fee structure
  • Faculty load
program lessons learned
(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.
course lessons learned
(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.
sample course
Sample Course
  • ITEDU 510, Technology: Use & Assessment
  • Info:
    • www.bsu.edu/web/jcflowers1/510intro.htm
  • Modules:
    • www.bsu.edu/web/jcflowers1/rlo/510.htm
research opportunities
Research Opportunities
  • Collaborative Online Learning
  • Reusable Learning Objects
  • (Stimulating faculty research)
challenges
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

jcflowers1@bsu.edu