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Administration of Online/Distance Programs

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Description

Detailed examination of executive/management level issues and considerations directly related to the creation, maintenance, and operation of a successful online learning programs. This course focuses on educational administration issues.

Audience

Primary audience is online learning administrators and executives. Additional groups who may find interest and relevance include prospective online learning administrators and higher education faculty.

Topics

  1. components of an online program
  2. financial considerations; organizational structure and reporting
  3. curriculum and quality assurance measures/accreditation
  4. student support
  5. technology and infrastructure support
  6. faculty support

Outline

  1. Planning
  2. Structure
  3. Faculty Policy
  4. Faculty Support
  5. Student Services
  6. Student Success
  7. Information Technology Services
  8. Marketing

Goals

Goals of this course include:

  • Providing context and perspective for online learning administration
  • Developing skills in diverse, critical areas of administration
  • Facilitating active networking between online administration practitioners

Objectives

Course Objectives

  1. have explored and evaluated key considerations related to leadership and strategic planning
  2. have refined and developed online learning policy and operational issues
  3. prepare more and better faculty-related policy positions
  4. establish improved student service policies and practices
  5. establish informed decisions regarding online technologies
  6. consider and develop marketing strategies for online learning courses, programs, and degrees.

Length

The course is eight weeks in length. An an online orientation is provided before the start date of the course.

Prerequisites

There is a required textbook for this course. Shelton, K. and Saltsman, G. (2005) An Administrator's Guide to Online Education. Greenwich, CT, Information Age Publishing. All other required materials are available online. As such, recognize that occasionally a resource is no longer available despite our testing the link in advance. If you find a broken link, please let me know. An alternative will be identified and announced if available.

Requirements

  • Complete the online course orientation prior to the start of the course.
  • Read the instructor's introductions and assigned articles from the Web.
  • Answer weekly discussion questions.
  • Engage in positive and meaningful dialog with classmates concerning the course subject matter.
  • Complete the assignments in each module, reading and providing feedback to the assignments of other participants.

Delivery

The course has a modular structure in which each unit is individually assessed, but successive units build on previous information. The course pedagogy is based on principles of collaborative and constructivist learning and and makes use of group participation. Content is in the form of active participation in asynchronous discussion, postings of materials, Web resources, and instructor notes. Student participation in discussion forums to comment on the ideas and work of others is a major component of the course. Students will acquire more in-depth information on some topics through links to outside sources.

Workload

This is an intensive course requiring about 6-10 hours a week. The time commitment will vary depending the individual's input, needs, and personal study habits. Students are expected to log on to the course a minimum of 3 times a week.

Credit Options

Taking a course for CEUs:

Registration for this course is open to the general public, but there is a registration fee for participants who are not faculty members of the University of Illinois. The fee is determined by ones institutional affiliation and the level of the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. SA1021).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):

All of our courses except the Advanced Online Seminars may be taken for graduate courses through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this ION site.

Fees

A fee is incurred for anyone enrolled in an Advanced Online Seminar, although there is a discount for ION members. (Only Diamond level ION partners are exempt.) The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. TM1051).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
Most MVCR courses [not the Advanced Online Seminars] may be taken for graduate credit through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition and fees associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this site.

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Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Choose one of the following three for your elective:

  • Administration of Online Programs
  • Copyright
  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction
  • Practicum for Administrators
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The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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