How to Develop Successful Online Academic Programs. ABACC & Scholar360 Webinar. Overview. Why Distance Education? Current Technology Trends Accreditation Requirements Faculty Needs Administration Requirements Course Presentation Costs to Consider Features to Look For. Distance Education.
Education or training courses delivered to remote (off-campus) sites via audio, video (live or prerecorded), or computer technologies, including both synchronous (i.e., simultaneous) and asynchronous (i.e., not simultaneous) instruction. (http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2003/2003017.pdf).
Due to the economic downturn and the demand by students for affordable options, online enrollments have jumped significantly and are predicted to double in the next six months.
Accreditation concerns to be addressed and the accreditation approval requirements and process.
Address Training Needs
Address Control Concerns
Communicate Reasons for Change
Provide Easy-to-use Interface
Once faculty start to use a CMS/LMS, their use of the technology tends to grow – nearly two-thirds of the faculty surveyed said they used a CMS/LMS more extensively or intensively at the time of the survey than they did when they first started using the technology. Why?
Just 5% of those surveyed indicated they used CMS/LMS less since they first began using the technology. Why?
Note: All those surveyed said their use would grow if the software were easier to use and if training were more available.
Oversees the entire Academic Program and deals with student services issues.
Manages LMS/CMS system and servers. (This position is not necessary if the LMS/CMS is hosted by the vendor, not the school.)
Upload course materials, answer student questions online, grade essays, etc.
Synchronizes gradesfrom LMS/CMS to SISfor transcripts.
Self-Led vs. Faculty-Led
Usage of Web 2.0 Tools
Curriculum development tools (built-in)
Web 2.0 Tools (a commitment to the future)
Support & Training (someone to complain to)
Flexibility & Customizations (you are unique)
Reasonable Pricing (per user, not per seat)
Off-Campus Hosting (save your IT person)
Communication Tools (track who is getting it)
Course-Creation Tools (create without programming)
Administration Tools (Make-Your-Life-Easier Tools)
Proven Track Record (learn from others’ mistakes)