Creating and Maintaining a Quality Online Learning Environment
Concurrent Session 2
This session will focus on the efforts to create and maintain a quality online learning environment in response to institution wide changes and the current needs of higher education. Shelley Kurland will share lessons learned through the process of creating and maintaining quality centralized distance education offerings through strategic planning, collaboration, leadership growth and fostering relationships.
This session will reflect on the efforts to build a Virtual Campus in the midst of institution-wide changes, as well as suggested processes for institutionalizing these changes. Shelley Kurland will share the lessons learned from the process of “centralizing” distance education efforts and offerings through strategic planning, collaboration, leadership growth and fostering relationships. She will also discuss the institutional response to these changes and the importance of strategic planning and institutional leadership to ensure culture change and quality in online course delivery. Dr. Kurland will provide specific challenges and successes while encountering decades-long practices and culture regarding distance education at the institution. The initial transition included an institution wide-change that resulted in the establishment of a new academic division. Strategic planning, staying agile and relationship building were all important in the success of the initial transition and continue to be important as these changes are institutionalized across the college. This presentation will discuss the challenges of establishing the Virtual Campus and provide insight into best practices to ensure the success of the new Virtual Campus.