Building Online Learning Capacity In Higher Ed

Concurrent Session 6

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Moravian College, a centuries-old small residential liberal arts college, talks about their experiences and lessons learned creating online learning programs.


Dr. Scott Moore is a Principal Learning Strategist at Extension Engine. He leads our Custom Learning Experience practice for higher education. He has a deep understanding of course academics, university administration, and online learning. Prior to joining Extension Engine, Dr. Moore was a faculty member, administrator, and dean at Michigan Ross and Babson College for 20+ years. Scott holds an MBA from Georgia Tech and a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from Wharton.

Extended Abstract

While Moravian College, a centuries-old small residential liberal arts college, has always been forward-thinking, it has also been deeply enmeshed in tradition. Until very recently, the college operated with a firmly nondigital approach. As Provost Cynthia Kosso recalled, “There were rules in the faculty handbook against using online resources.” This resistance to using online resources meant faculty members were literally typing up their own student evaluations on paper charts.

It took the impetus of a tech-savvy new president, Bryon Grigsby, to spur a technology renaissance at the school. Concerned that there was no online programming, he appointed a team to do a “fresh eyes” assessment with the goal of moving toward the creation of an online learning program.

This is the story of how this all happened, from the initial meeting with the full leadership team (including CFO and Provost) up to the current day with instructional designers working with faculty to develop engaging online learning programs.

Session attendees will learn:

  • How the college overcame institutional policies against using online resources
  • Steps the college took to gain faculty buy-in
  • Why Moravian College chose a fee-for-service vendor over a traditional revenue-sharing Online Program Manager (OPM)
  • Why building online learning capacity at the small, liberal arts college is important
  • How the college plans to move forward

Who this discussion is for:
Higher education leaders and administrators looking to create engaging, revenue generating online learning programs.