Minnesota Online Recognition
CAEL Award for
Institutional Service for 2006
Tekne Award for existing
technology user category
Ten Specific Suggestions
Not all of these will apply to each
Pick a few good ones and throw away
This is NOT AT ALL an attempt to
compete with Letterman’s Top Ten
#10: Online Tutoring
LSC contracts annually with
SMARTHINKING.com to provide online
tutoring services, since 2004.
Starting in 2007, MnOnline joined by
buying a large block of hours and
allocating to campuses.
Campuses needing additional hours
benefit from reduced rates because of
#9: Don’t Ignore ADA
Provide disabilities training for faculty and
Be prepared for your OCR review because
they will ask about this.
Be 508-compliant before you need it.
The main reason: IT’S THE RIGHT
THING TO DO!!
Free Online Training from GA Tech
#1 & 2
For Online Faculty, they then choose one more
of the remaining 8 modules for a total of 3.
#8: Share and Share Alike
Share students between institutions.
Share faculty between institutions.
Share learning objects with the
Share your ideas and best practices
Check out Creative Commons for
sharing of intellectual property.
CC License Options
Attribution Non-commercial No
Attribution Non-commercial Share
Plus other similar combinations.
#7: Survey Says
Student demographics surveys.
Student satisfaction surveys (related to
the virtual campus and e-services).
Course evaluation surveys.
Survey your online faculty to determine
their needs and practices.
Nationally benchmarked: Noel-Levitz
PSOL (Priorities Survey Online Learners)
You need data to make data-based
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Hi-Speed Internet Dial-up Internet
Based on self-reporting from student demographics surveys
LSC used the Noel-Levitz Priorities Survey
for Online Learners (PSOL) in 2004,
2005, and 2006.
In 2006, this became a MnOnline
initiative with 17 schools participating.
More schools joined in 2007.
Student satisfaction blog reports the
#6: Employ Distance Learners
Online Student Mentor Program – Began Fall
Mentor is assigned to a particular course.
Help with technical aspects—especially at
beginning of course
Answer general questions
Support the instructor
Student mentors have often become future
Provides employment for students w/unique
Actual Student Email
I just want to tell you how much I loved
your class!!! I was not looking forward to
a lit class, but your class ended up being
my favorite!!! I was just wondering if that
student mentor thing is a work/study
thing and if I could possibly do it next
semester. I qualify for work/study, but I
couldn’t do it this past semester
since I don’t live in Duluth. Danielle
#5: Quality Rubrics
Create or find a rubric for assessing online
course quality (and all courses, if possible)
such as MarylandOnline Quality Matters.
Another rubric has been developed at
Metropolitan State University to assess course
readiness before it is offered for the first time.
Quality Control: Course Design
LSC adopted a revised version of
Quality Matters in 2004, it is faculty-
driven and optional.
LSC faculty-led workshops have
spread this concept throughout the
Peer Review Blog: all documents and
#4: Enhance Your E-Services
WCET E-Services “Beyond the Core”
Pay attention to the difference between
“e-student services” and “student e-
90% of your students want to use
Recognizing this emerging need as
early as 2002, the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities System
(MnSCU) contracted with WCET to
research best practices in Web-based
services and to co-develop an audit
tool to help measure the sophistication
of the e-student services offered by its
#3: Be Creative
Online P.E. classes tied to World-class
Grandma’s Marathon (running)
American Birkebeiner (skiing)
NorthShore Inline Marathon
Train at home, then compete in
Katie Frerker, Online PE Student
Works for the US
Forest Service in Idaho
Took LSC online course
to prepare for the
Finished first in her
race class in 2006
“By taking the online Birkie class, I was
able to beat my personal goal. It really
paid off for a first time racer.”
#2: Be Flexible
Schedule flexibility is a fabulous thing
for students. One size does NOT fit all.
The traditional agrarian school
calendar serves no purpose in online
Create multiple starting points, with
different term lengths, and target
Example of Life Interruption
Biology Biology Biology With Little
History History History
4 weeks 8 weeks 12 weeks
Biology To Return
History - No
4 weeks 8 weeks 12 weeks
#1: Dealing with Plagiarism
Student plagiarism is a teachable
moment – seize the opportunity.
Barry’s Personal Opinion: Services like
Turnitin.com are an abomination.
“On what planet does it make
sense to violate the intellectual
property rights of the students to
teach them not to violate the
intellectual property rights of
others?” Blog post.