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  • 1. Distance Education:An Opportunity for the Future Kenneth L. Esbenshade Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs February 2008

2. Outline

  • Our experience at NC State University
  • Distance Education: Approaches andApprehensions
  • Toward a national collaborative program

3. DE @ CALS/NCSU 03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 Academic Year 4. Student Credit Hours Generated 03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 Academic Year Percent of Total:3.1%4.5%4.8%5.4%6.1% 5. DE Programs 05-06 05-06 06-07 06-07 07-08 07-08 6. Types of DE Programs Offered

  • Undergraduate Certificate
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Masters Degree

7. Approaches to DE

  • Internet, primarily using a CMS (course management system)
  • DVDs containing lectures and supportive information
  • Internet based with supplemental material
  • Internet based with meetings (face-to-face or video conferencing)
  • Real-time video conferencing

8. 5 Commons Fears About Teaching Online

  • Online courses arent as good as face-to-face courses
  • Some subjects cant be taught online
  • Instructors wont be able to connect with students
  • The software and systems are too hard to learn
  • Teaching online will take more time and effort

From: Online Cla@ssroom, October, 2005 9. Basic Pedagogical Needs for Teaching Online

  • Student learning objectives
  • A comprehensive syllabus
  • A detailed calendar
  • A topic presentation plan
  • Intervention strategies
  • Student assessment plan

10. Toward a National Collaborative Program 11. The Great Plains IDEA Model (Academic Programs)

  • Faculty develop and update curricula
  • Institutions award credit and degrees
  • Institutional academic policies and procedures prevail
  • Programs are available online.

12. The Great Plains IDEA Model (Students)

  • Admitted to a university
  • Enrolled in courses and graduate from that university
  • Taught by faculty from multiple universities
  • Served by faculty advisors and campus coordinators

13. The Great Plains IDEA Model (Program Development)

  • Member proposes program.
  • Interested partners are identified.
  • Faculty build curriculum and recommend teaching responsibilities.
  • Market/needs surveys and business plan are prepared.
  • Inter-institutional program is approved.
  • Institutional programs are approved.

14. Anytime - 6 Credit Practicum/Project Family Financial Planning Masters Curriculum - 42 Credits Fall Investing in the Familys Future Financial Planning Case Studies Personal Income Taxation Family Systems Family Systems Funda-mentals of Financial Planning Spring Profes-sional Practices in FFP Estate Planning Insurance Planning Financial Counseling Summer Housing & Real Estate Financial Planning Case Studies (if demand) Retirement Planning Housing & Real Estate Family Econ 15. The Great Plains IDEA Model (Course & Program Management)

  • Once a course is offered, it will need to be repeated at least annually to accommodate new entrants to the program.
  • To underwrite institutional and alliance costs, courses should be filled to capacity.Great Plains IDEA recommended size for a graduate course is 25 students.
  • Develop annual reports that include outcome assessments.

16. Finance Model: Common Price Common Price = Tuition + Fees Fall 2007:$415/graduate credit hour;$295/undergraduate credit hour 17. The Great Plains IDEA Model ( Common Price/Credit Hour )

  • Collected at the students home (admitting/enrolling) institution.
  • Each institution determines revenue allocation internally.
  • Annual price review.

18. Great Plains IDEA

  • AG-IDEA

Engineering IDEA Human Sciences IDEA 19. Responsibilities of Lead Institution (Kansas State University)

  • Coordinate governing board and program faculty meetings
  • Manage course enrollment process
  • Manage alliance finances
  • Maintain alliance website and alliance records
  • Recommend changes and improvements in policies and procedures

20. Agreements and Documentation

  • Bylaws
  • Memoranda of Agreement
    • Alliance
    • Intent to Plan
    • Academic Program
  • Alliance Policy and Procedure Handbook
  • Program Faculty Handbook
  • Student Handbook

21. Ag-IDEA (Institutional Responsibilities)

  • Membership in Ag-IDEA
  • Culture of Collaboration
  • Faculty Workloads & Rewards
  • Program Approval and Review
  • Institutional Policies and Practices

22. Ag-IDEA (Campus Staff Coordinator Role)

  • Handles day-to-day operations
  • Creates and updates web pages and online course catalog
  • Student support services
  • Coordinates courses, student enrollment and course access, information and fund exchange

23. Ag-IDEA (Campus Faculty Coordinator Role)

  • Oversight of websites, students, faculty, interaction among staff coordinators
  • Work with university faculty and administrators to implement academic programs and resolve problems
  • Recommend changes and improvements

24. Ag-IDEA (Campus Faculty Role)

  • Develop and teach courses
  • Recommend program requirements
  • Review courses
  • Assess programs
  • Recruit and advise students

25.

  • Utilize existing connections: organizational or collegial
  • Select institutions of similar types
    • Faculty have similar basic philosophy/mission Balance between theory and practice
    • Similar student populations
  • Complementary areas of faculty expertise
  • Workload equity

Lessons Learned: Partner Selection 26.

  • Communication is CRITICAL!!
  • Have a communication plan
  • Face-to-face meetings build trust
  • Regular conference calls, emails
  • Written minutes of meetings
  • Open and frank communication

Lessons Learned: Partner Process 27. Toward a National Collaborative DE Program.. Questions??? Comments ???