US-SINO Online Higher Education Forum 2019

Workshop Session 1

Brief Abstract

Join us for the US-SINO Online Higher Education Forum 2019 as part of the OLC Accelerate 2019 conference. Participants will learn about collaboration opportunities with China, the world's largest online learning market, in addition to proven global best practices from University of Florida and Western Governors University. 

USOHE 2019 is co-organized by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the University of Florida's Digital Worlds Institute, Western Governors University, CMSquared and OLC.

Wednesday, November 20th | 9:00am – 12:00 pm ET (Orlando FL)


Matt Norsworthy, Ed.D. establishes relationships with institutions in order to develop strategies for improvement in their online and blended programs. Matt provides professional development options and project development solutions for institutions of all sizes, both public and private, domestically and internationally. Dr. Norsworthy has been designing, developing, and teaching English and Humanities courses for over fifteen years. He has a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from National University and a Masters of Liberal Studies in English from Fort Hays State University. In addition, he holds a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University where he wrote his dissertation on “A Comparison of the Experiences of Online and Face-to-Face Doctoral Students in the Humanities”.
Dr. Ted Cross is the Associate Dean of the Business School at Western Governors University where he leads Online MBA and Leadership programs. Previously, Cross was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Leadership and Management, as well as the Director of Online Programs at the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. Ted has also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff at EdPlus at ASU and as a University Innovation Fellow in the Office of University initiatives (a Special Projects Unit of the Office of the ASU President). Before coming to ASU Ted worked in a variety of faculty and leadership positions at Grand Canyon University. Cross holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, an MA from Arizona State University, an MSed from The University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate from Pepperdine University, and a Post Graduate Certificate from The Wharton School of Business.
2000-2014, Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 2014-Present, Director of CNMOOC Operation, Online Education Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Extended Abstract

In this interactive and informative forum, speakers will discuss how quality in digital learning is addressed in Greater China, as well as potential US-China collaboration opportunities in online education. Participants can collaborate with other higher education professionals, especially to identify solutions to current problems and future trends in digital learning.

US-Sino Online Higher Education (USOHE) was founded by CMSquared in 2016 with three key objectives: 1) Facilitate academic collaboration between US and China for online higher educators 2) Facilitate mutual credit recognition at scale 3) Accelerate the adoption of technology in learning delivery. 

In 2017, the first annual USOHE conference was organized in partnership with Shenzhen University in Shenzhen, China. UC Berkeley, ASU, Colorado State delivered keynote presentations among participation from other US universities. USOHE 2018 and USOHE 2019 took place in Shanghai in partnership with OLC and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.  Past participants include UC Berkeley, Rutgers, University of Florida, University of Virginia, University of Arizona. 

About Shanghai Jiaotong University | Directly under the ownership of China’s Ministry of Education, SJTU is one of the most famous universities. SJTU is ranked #6 in China and recognized as one of the Global Top 100. After 123 years of remitting efforts, SJTU has become a comprehensive, research-oriented and internationalized first class university in China.

About University of Florida | UF is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university in Gainesville, Florida.  The university dates back to 1853 and is a senior member of the State University System of Florida. UF is an invited member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) is ranked the #34 National Universities and has recently risen to #7 in the Top Ten Public Universities by US News and World Report.

About Western Governors University | Western Governors University is an innovator in technology-driven distance education and the pioneer of a competency-based learning model that is reinventing higher education for the 21st Century. Nonprofit and student-centric, WGU has become the nation’s largest university, serving more than 120,000 full-time students and 150,000 alumni. It offers more than 60 degree programs in business, IT, K–12 education, and healthcare, including nursing.

About CMSquared | A mission driven, global strategic advisory firm with deep experience in launching and expanding global technology enabled education for universities in US and Asia. We are driven and obsessed to fulfill our mission to ‘Educate and Connect.’