Archives - January, 2020

2020 – A New Decade for Faculty Professional Development

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Sandra Mohr, Dean for Academic Resources and Administration, New England College of Optometry.

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2020 has arrived and creates the opportunity to set or recalibrate professional development goals.  For institutions, this might be evaluating what skills and knowledge faculty need to deploy the best pedagogical approaches for their institution and learners.  For faculty, this Read More >

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Advancing Economic Development and Public Diplomacy Through Online Education

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Matt Charles, DPA, APR, Online Continuing Lecturer, Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication Graduate Program

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During my time as a higher education and nonprofit administrator, professor and consultant, I have heard a number times that there must be a way for higher education to advance economic development and public diplomacy. International and domestic students; faculty; Read More >

From the “Wild West” to Quality and Accountability: Shift Happens

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Angela Velez-Solic, Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, Rush University

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While many institutions have already faced (and hopefully have won) the fight for more online courses and programs, the quality of those courses and programs must be at the forefront of the administrators’ minds, and there has been an increasing Read More >

Assessing Across Modalities: Strengthening the Intentionality of Curricular Design

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Kimberly Faris, Director of Assessment and Accreditation, University of North Texas

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Faculty face a monumental task in leading educational programs. Days are spent designing curriculum, maintaining teaching responsibilities, and supporting students while juggling committee assignments, assessments, and professional development. As expectations grow, so do reporting responsibilities and the need to balance Read More >

Creating a Supportive Online Learning Environment with Emotional Design

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Tianhong Shi, Instructional Designer, Oregon State University Ecampus & Elisabeth McBrien Instructional Designer, Oregon State University Ecampus

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Emotions and Learning: Myths & Neuroscience The last time you engaged in deep learning, you probably didn’t stop to ask yourself about the emotions you were experiencing at the time. However, that doesn’t mean that emotions weren’t playing a role Read More >

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Advocating for Online Education: Yes, This Is Still Needed

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Stephanie Hinshaw, senior vice president of academic affairs at American College of Education

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“You changed my perceptions of online learning. Before meeting with you, I did not believe online education could be high-quality.” This was a quote I heard last week (not 10 years ago) about my institution and our online programs. I Read More >

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Measuring Success: An Introduction to Affordability Metrics

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Stefanie Buck, Director of the Oregon State Ecampus OER Unit, Oregon State University Ecampus

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Creating an affordable learning initiative that supports online students is a significant accomplishment, but how do we assess these programs? How will we define success, and what metrics will we use to measure success? Anyone who has established an affordable Read More >

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The State of Online STEM Education in the U.S.: Upcoming National Survey, Results of the STEM Summit, and New Opportunities

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 Lynette O’Keefe, Director of Research & Innovation, OLC;  Devon Cancilla, Cancilla Digital & Online Education; Kate Lee-McCarthy, Director of Grants & Finance, OLC

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OLC is pleased to partner with Every Learner Everywhere, Carolina Distance Learning, DigitalEd, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Biointeractive, along with a number of experts and institutions in the development of a comprehensive national survey on the state of Read More >

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Keeping online education affordable and high-quality

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Katie Linder, Ph.D., Director, Ecampus Research Unit, Oregon State University

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It’s the ultimate question: how do we keep online education affordable while maintaining a high standard of quality and innovation? Over the years, institutions of higher education have needed to explore a range of financial models in order to answer Read More >