Managing Online Postsecondary Programs
It’s no coincidence that the growth in non-traditional students has followed the improvement and spread of online programming. Online programming offers the flexibility non-traditional students need. Of course, managing a successful online program takes more than simply putting courseware online.
This Special Feature focuses on what it takes for higher education institutions to successfully develop and deliver online programs.
Exploring the Value of Online Education for Today’s Colleges
Corporate Training Is Ripe for Online Disruption
Van Anderson | Director of Corporate Education and Custom Programs, UC Los Angeles
Online learning modalities have the potential to revolutionize the delivery of customized training, improving scalability, creativity and costs.
The Online Education Evolution of LSU: A Shift in Focus for a Traditional State University
Amanda Major | Interim Director of LSU Online, Louisiana State University
The success of an institutional online division relies on collaboration between multiple stakeholders across the university.
How Distance Programming Can Allow Medical Institutions to Serve New Markets
Katherine Tromp | Director of Distance Education, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Mark Terrell | Assistant Dean of Medical Education, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and Tim Novak | Director of the Masters in Health Services Administration, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Launching a suite of online programs allows medical institutions to create access to degree programs for medical professionals hoping to advance their careers and expand their roles.
Determining the Value of Massive Open Online Courses
MOOCs Are Taking Higher Education to Brand New Heights
Anant Agarwal | President, edX and Rob Lue | Faculty Director of HarvardX, Harvard University
While truly high-quality MOOCs can be a challenge to create, they provide invaluable data to institutions focused on learner tendencies that have the potential to revolutionize teaching and learning.
Open Courses Opening Doors to Developmental Education
A. Sasha Thackaberry | District Director of eLearning Technologies, Cuyahoga Community Colleges
MOOCs have created lower-cost pathways for students to gain the skills they need to reach credit-bearing college courses at a fraction of the cost.
Online and MOOC Content Can Strengthen, But Not Replace, Traditional Education
Linda Belfus | Senior Vice President of Content, Elsevier Clinical Solutions
MOOC content will not replace traditional education, but will instead create supporting content that strengthens the complete education experience.
How Online Ed Can Revolutionize Medical Education
Roadblocks and Opportunities: The Flipped Classroom Is Emerging in Medical Ed
Charles Prober | Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at the School of Medicine, Stanford University
The medical education space has been slow in adopting online learning opportunities, but their potential to transform the space is massive.
Should Medical Education Be More Virtual?
Leslie Fall | Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College
Medical education is being virtualized by students through ad hoc methods. it’s time for institutional leadership to catch up and meet the demand of today’s learners.
MOOCing the Mini Med
Helen Macfarlane | Director of Educational Technology at the School of Medicine, University of Colorado and J. John Cohen | Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Colorado
The MOOC approach to the Mini Med School created unprecedented access to programming while sharing valuable lessons about medical pedagogy.
Medical MOOCs: Lessons Learned from the Trenches of Medical Education
Leonard White | Director of Education for the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Duke University
The MOOC platform is providing medical educators with a brand new window into understanding how students learn and how medical education can transform in the modern era.
Managing the Online Approvals Process at Two-Year Colleges
Accelerating Time to Market: Understanding and Navigating the Approvals Process
Kara Monroe | Associate Vice President for Online Academic Programs, Ivy Tech Community College
Though colleges and universities are innovating and creating new courses and programs responsive to market needs, the approval process can impact their effectiveness by delaying their time-to-market.
Using Technology to Get Programs Approved More Quickly
Rick Marks | Director of Curriculum and Scheduling, College of Southern Nevada and Kevin Mitchell | Professor, College of Southern Nevada
Moving from pen-and-paper organizational systems to technological tools can significantly accelerate the approvals process and time-to-market for new courses and programs.
Establishing the Pathway to Success Online
Navigating Approvals: How to Get High-Quality Programs to Market More Quickly
Cheryl Oliver | Assistant Dean of Online and Graduate Programs at the Carson College of Business, Washington State University
With the approval process for new courses and programs taking up to a year for some offerings, it’s critical to speed up the process to remain responsive.
Finding Our Way to Online: Where Do We Go After Building The Courses?
Bradley Gilpin | Associate Director of International Programs, UC Irvine Extension
Quality content is not enough to truly stand out in the online education marketplace; leaders need to seriously consider the offering modality and student demand before taking a new course or program to market.
Building a Strong Presence in the Online Marketplace
Letting the Tiger Loose: Collaborating to Transform Online Course Design
Mary Kelty | Director of the Center for Learning Design and Technology, Johns Hopkins Engineer for Professionals
Developing a new process for designing online courses through a collaborative effort bringing together multiple institutional stakeholders has led to a marked improvement in the quality of online offerings.
Designing a Great Online Student Experience Critical for Sustained Success
Alex Sevilla | Assistant Dean and Director of MBA Programs at the Warrington College, University of Florida
The market for online programming is competitive, but institutions that do it right will expand their footprint while delivering a high-end student experience.
Balancing Online and Branch Campus Access to Business Education
Maintaining Branch Campuses and Online Offerings Maximizes Institutional Footprint
Ronald Nordone | Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at the LeBow College of Business, Drexel University
Branch campuses, online and hybrid programming are all beneficial for different markets, so institutions should strive to offer courses through the full variety of modalities available rather than investing in just one, if possible.
Serving the Global Audience: Maintaining Branch Campuses and Online in Tandem
Sandra Chrystal | Vice Dean of Online Education at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
Both online and branch campus programs serve a unique purpose in that they deliver high-quality programming to students who cannot get to the main campus, but they each serve distinct markets and cannot replace one another.
Weighing Online’s Value in Expanding the College Footprint
Branch Campus or Online Program? Depends Who You’re Asking
Christine Chairsell | Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Portland Community College
Branch campuses and online programs both offer colleges the opportunity to expand their footprints, but the best mechanism is dependent on the service area.
Can Online Education Disrupt the Customized Training Space?
John Davis | Executive Director of Duke Corporate Education, Duke University
While online programming can help supplement or complement a robust executive-level customized training interventions, it cannot replace face-to-face programming.
Personal Touch and Lower Cost Demands a Second Look at Branch Campuses
Ali Eskandarian | Dean of the College of Professional Studies, George Washington University
Branch campuses are still valuable for institutions looking to create access for geographically dispersed students as they provide the in-person experience and campus connection that online lacks at a more affordable price.
Navigating Common Barriers to Online Expansion
Overcoming Misconceptions: Online Learning Sets Students On Pathway To Success
Hans Johnson | Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California and Marisol Cuellar Mejia | Research Associate, Public Policy Institute
Though there is an expectation that community college students are less successful in the online format, community college students in online programs have a higher rate of success than those who only study face-to-face.
Involving Faculty From Square One Is Critical to Launching New and Innovative Programs
Judith Pirani | Consultant, EDUCAUSE
Understanding that both students and educators require support when introducing new technologies and technology-enhanced offerings is critical for the success of new and innovative programs.
Overcoming Misconceptions About Online Business Education
Engagement, Convenience and Quality: Three Key Ingredients to Overcome Student Misconceptions
Ruth Veloria | Executive Dean of the University of Phoenix School of Business
Though students tend to hold misconceptions about the experience of pursuing a credential through an online business school, the institution can put into place a few strategies that quickly and easily debunk those myths.
Personalization Key to the Online Business Student Experience
Mike Burton | Dean of the Forbes School of Business, Ashford University
Understanding that both students and educators require support when introducing new technologies and technology-enhanced offerings is critical for the success of new and innovative programs.
Managing High-Quality Hybrid Programming
On-Site Experience and Regular Engagement Key to Success
David Closs | Department Chair for Supply Chain Management at the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University and Nancy Taylor | Director of MS Programs at the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University
A service mindset that simplifies as many aspects of the administrative process as possible and regular communication are essential components to ensuring non-traditional students’ expectations are met.
Going Hybrid: Identifying and Overcoming Seven Challenges to a Hybrid Launch
Catherine Koverola | Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Lesley University
Launching a hybrid program can present unique challenges for an institution, but their capacity to offer high-quality access to non-traditional students makes overcoming these issues worthwhile.
Hybrid Bootcamps Create Unprecedented Postsecondary Access for Isolated Populations
Jeremy Shaki | Co-Founder, Lighthouse Labs
Hybrid bootcamps in remote communities allow for the development of highly talented professional networks in those regions, rather than tempting professionals to leave for larger cities.
Hybrid Format Solves Online’s Student Engagement Challenges
Robert T. Monroe | Director of the Online Hybrid MBA Program at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
The hybrid approach provides a best-of-both-worlds approach to graduate education for students and faculty.
Meeting Students Where They Are: Critical for Success in Developmental Hybrid Programming
Stacey Guney | Director of the HLC ACCelerator, Austin Community College
The ACCelerator, a campus repurposed from a mall, is creating hybrid access to developmental programs that help students get the skills they need to pursue college-level credentials.
Online Administrative Practices and the Student Experience
Online Students Require Greater Engagement from Institution
Beth Brunk-Chavez | Interim Dean of Extended University, University of Texas at El Paso
Status quo student management is ineffectual in the fully online space; students require a greater level of engagement from their institutions.
IT’s Role in Creating a Robust Experience for Today’s College Student
Joseph Moreau | Vice Chancellor of Technology, Foothill-De Anza Community College District
It’s critical for IT leaders to design a higher education experience based around the actual needs and desires of today’s students.
Student-Centered Approach of Online Ed Could Enrich On-Campus Student Experience
Pat James-Hanz | Executive Director for the Online Education Initiative, California Community Colleges
Main campuses would benefit from adopting the student-centered processes and tools that characterize online higher education.
Bringing Online Practices to Traditional Institutions: Setting the Stage for Success
Peter Smith | Founding President of Open College@Kaplan Univeristy, Kaplan University
The customer experience and service offered through the online format should be translated to the traditional institution to ensure today’s students’ expectations are being met.
Delivering the Engagement Online Students Need
Institutions Must Invest in the Tools and Skills that Deliver the Online Experience Students Expect
Elizabeth M. Salisbury | Coordinator of Graduate Services, University of Delaware
The online student population is distinct, and higher education administrators and faculty need to ensure they’re crafting an experience that meets the expectations and needs of this non-traditional demographic.
Engagement and Experience Should Be Top Of Mind When Shopping For New Tools
Robert Rosenbalm | Associate Dean of Distance Learning, Dallas County Community College District
Technology-enhanced tools that significantly improve the student experience, allowing the institution to engage with students in the way they have come to expect, are critical for distance and face-to-face providers.
Three Guidelines to Leading a Successful Online Education Division
Karl Stevens | Director of SUU Online, Southern Utah University
Willing participants, effective policies and critical pricing are critical to the success of any online program.
Tools Needed To Drive Online Program Success
Predictions About the Near Future of Online Learning and Five Tools Needed to Succeed
Wendi Prater | Associate Vice Chancellor, Lone Star College Online
In developing any online course or program, every decision should factor in the student experience.
A Second Look at Success Tools for Online Students
Judy Baker | Dean of Online Learning, Foothill College
When expanding access to online programming, it’s critical that leaders invest in tools designed to support student retention and success.
What it Takes: Making Online Education Work in Community Colleges
John Makevich | Director of Strategic Planning and Operations for the Online Education Initiative, California Community Colleges
Simplifying the online student experience and shaping the technologies and demands to match the experiences and expectations of students will have a positive impact on completion and success.
Pricing Online Programs
Development Costly but Delivery Variable: Costing and Pricing Online Offerings
Craig Weidemann | Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education, The Pennsylvania State University
Though it can be less costly to deliver online programming than traditional, face-to-face programming, the tools and technologies used to create a robust online learning environment make them somewhat costly to produce.
Exploring Pricing Issues for High-Quality Online Programming
Ross Dickens | Dean of the College of Business and Global Affairs, University of Tennessee at Martin
Though the academic costs of online courses are higher than on-campus equivalents, online students see savings from the lack of expenses related to the residential student experience.
Online Programming Has Potential to Push Higher Ed Costs Down
Shai Reshef | Founder and President, University of the People
By minimizing capital costs, online higher education providers can offer students a high-quality higher education experience for a minimal cost, hopefully creating a level of competitiveness in the post-secondary space that leads to more widespread cost variance.
How Innovative Online Providers Set Themselves Apart
From Free to Degree: How MOOCs Open the Door for Future Online Students
Michael Moyes | Director of Admissions for Berklee Online, Berklee College of Music and Pat Raymond | Director of Communications for Berklee Online, Berklee College of Music
Massive Open Online Courses can be a highly successful mechanism to bring students into credit-bearing offerings, but institutions must be strategic about their programming and marketing.
Five Critical Aspects of Differentiation in the Online Marketplace
Craig Maslowsky | Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing, Excelsior College
Creating a first-rate experience for students across all their engagements with the college is critical to improving retention and completion, and to standing out as an elite education provider.
Differentiation in the Online Business Education Marketplace
Student Experience Central to Differentiating in the Online Marketplace
Daniel Wright | Vice Dean of the Villanova School of Business, Villanova University
Finding ways to create engagement between online students, whether on-campus or online, is critical to creating the kinds of experiences that differentiate online education providers.
Creating Personal Connections Central to Standing Out for Online Business Schools
Kathleen Irwin | Director of Business Programs, American Public University, Cassandra Shaw | Program Director for Entrepreneurship, American Public University, Marie Harper | Program Director for Management, American Public University and Tom Schaefer | Program Director for Marketing and Economics, American Public University
Quality of faculty, flexibility and richness of the learning environment are the major factors that can help an online business school differentiate itself in an increasingly competitive market.
Three Ways to Enhance your Customer Experience and Stand Out from the Competition
Brian Breen | Director of Corporate Training, UC Irvine Extension
By focus on creating a high-end, highly engaging customer experience, universities can stand out and succeed in the competitive but lucrative customized training space.
Driving Online Retention and Success
Build, Buy or Buddy: Supporting Retention for Online Students
Deborah Bushway | Interim Associate Dean, University of Wisonsin-Extension
There are three key innovative areas that can support student retention in the online space, but the decision on how to deliver on these areas depends on the institution.
Engaging Experiences and Student-Centered Service Critical to Online Retention
Timothy Gordon | Dean of Students, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Minimizing transactional distance for online students by ensuring services are designed with their needs in mind has a profoundly positive impact on online retention and success.
Surveying the Future of Personalization in Online Education
Personalized Learning Can Revolutionize Corporate Education
Didina Gonzalez | Associate Director of Learning Innovation and Efficiency, FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance
Personalized online learning could revolutionize the corporate education space, but its growth requires greater recognition from government and accrediting bodies.
Normal 3.0 in Postsecondary Education: Gazing Into Higher Ed’s Future
Audrey Penner | Vice President of Academic and Student Success, Northern College
The future of postsecondary education is student-centered, technology-enhanced and focused on learning, not credentials.
How Online Learning Might Evolve Over the Next Decade
Improved Analytics Critical to the Personalization of Online Learning
Michael Horn | Co-Founder and Executive Director, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
Improved data collection and analysis is critical to the expansion of personalized learning in higher education, which itself is central to the move towards a more hybrid and online postsecondary environment.
Future-Gazing: What Learning Ecosystems Might Look Like By 2025
Daniel Christian | Senior Instructional Designer, Calvin College
Customized, personalized online courses will be standard by 2025, allowing students to pursue content at their convenience across a range of content streams.