Link: How to Prepare Professors Who Thought They’d Never Teach Online

From the Chronicle of Higher Education

“Mark Bradbury has brought along plenty of apprehension to a summer workshop here on how to teach an online course. Mr. Bradbury, who directs a master’s program in public administration at Appalachian State University, prides himself on drawing out students in his face-to-face courses and feeding off their questions and interests. He worries that he won’t be able to replicate that spirit if he’s making lecture videos and posting on discussion boards.”

http://chronicle.com/article/How-to-Prepare-Professors-Who/236873

 

 

Link: Step One in Eliminating Course Bottlenecks

This blog post from the Education Advisory Board articulates the key factors (and their definitions!) that UW-Madison leaders used to determine which of their undergraduate courses were impeding timely graduation. These factors might serve as inspiration for UO or other comparable institutions.

Step One in Eliminating Course Bottlenecks: Find The Cause (EAB, January 2016)

Link: Continuing Ed Divisions as Impact Agents in Online Initiatives

An article in Evolllution by Vickie Cook and Gayla Stoner enumerates the value that a continuing ed unit can provide an institution as a centralized resource supporting online initiatives.image of laptop next to glasses

Key takeaways:
·         CE units are ideally positioned to initiate and manage interdisciplinary collaborations in service of institutional strategic plans/goals
·         Faculty and student satisfaction increase when centralized and specialized support is provided for online/hybrid education
·         Quality and consistency across programs/courses is best managed by one unit
o    continuous improvement and quality control processes already existing in CE units are well suited to managing online/hybrid education

http://evolllution.com/revenue-streams/distance_online_learning/continuing-education-divisions-as-impact-agents-in-online-initiatives/

 

Link: UCI Launches New Low-Res Master’s in Human-Computer Interaction and Design

UC Irvine has launched a new low-residency hybrid (or “mixed format”) master’s in Human-Computer Interaction and Design. The one-year program boast an “interdisciplinary orientation” and aims to prepare students for careers in UX, systems analysis, and project management.

Link: Micro Master’s Is Future of Online Learning

This interview with Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, covers the growth of edX and his ideas about where higher ed is headed.

We think universities will just get transformed. You still need the content and the course and the professors who provide them. What will be altered is the way it is delivered.

Bhargava, Anjuli. April 20, 2016. “Micro master’s is future of online learning: Anant Agarwal.” Business Standard.

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