This session will give a high-level overview of how institutions can define the success of online learning programs by evaluating perspectives of three key players: 1.) an online learning program faculty member, 2.) an educator's classroom and 3.) a vendor.
Jeffrey Goetz (Wesleyan University) was instrumental in implementing Wesleyan's first classroom that combines in-classroom students with online learners. He will discuss online learning success from a program director's perspective and will address the following:
-How to set enrollment and budgetary goals to make your online learning program an institutional success.
-Ways to construct an online learning program that will meet and uphold the high standards of your institution's traditional classrooms.
-Ways to address pushback from professors and dispel notions that online learning programs and MOOCs are the same thing.
-How to select professors who will be successful stewards of your institution's online learning program.
-How to build a program that empowers leveraging of online tools in unexpected and innovative ways (e.g. a tool utilized previously for a math course put to use in a poetry class).
Professor Stephanie Kuduk Weiner and several students in her classroom will join the session remotely via ClassInteract, the collaborative video technology that powers Wesleyan's new classroom, to demonstrate the classroom's perspective on success. They will address:
-How to successfully engage online students and encourage them to be more vocal.
-How to build and maintain close teacher-student relationships in a virtual environment.
-How to construct a syllabus and structure coursework in a way that works for both traditional and online students.
-Why synchronous online learning is a preferred method in certain settings
Hila Raz (Watchitoo) helped bridge the gap between Wesleyan's faculty and the vendor that provided the technology used to power the university's new online program. She will explore online learning success from a vendor perspective by discussing:
-How various online learning tools affect a classroom's online performance.
-How to select the appropriate technology platform and supplemental tools for varying courses and subject matter within your program.
-How to "style" your classroom for successful online learning.
-How to establish metrics and evaluate online student success through: