10 Things I’d Change About Minnesota Online
Honest Conversations <ul><li>Get on the Cluetrain </li></ul><ul><li>We need honest, unvarnished, and sometimes blunt conve...
10. Expectations for Interaction <ul><li>No independent study courses allowed </li></ul><ul><li>No electronic corresponden...
9. Web Accessibility <ul><li>Require training for web accessibility for all faculty who teach in MnOnline. </li></ul><ul><...
8. Course Evaluations <ul><li>A common course evaluation instrument should be required for use in all MnOnline courses. </...
7. Outcome Assessment <ul><li>We should have specific expectations for the documentation of student performance.  </li></u...
6. Tuition and Fees <ul><li>Establish three MnOnline tuition rates, one for each of the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A...
5. Class Scheduling <ul><li>Provide increased flexibility through a more coordinated approach to the scheduling of online ...
4. Provide Better Information <ul><li>Provide more useful and thorough information for students and potential students to ...
3. Degree Offering <ul><li>Better enable students to “build-a-degree” within MnOnline </li></ul><ul><li>Especially for “ge...
2. Begin to Look Like a System <ul><li>Common MnOnline branding to complement institutional branding of courses </li></ul>...
1. Make a Choice! <ul><li>Maybe schools should opt in or opt out? </li></ul><ul><li>Each school must decide whether they a...
Agree or Disagree? <ul><li>What are your ideas for ways of improving the student experience in Minnesota Online? </li></ul...
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Slides from a presentation I gave at the MnSCU CAO/Dean/CSSO meetings at Cragun's in October 2006.

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10 Things I'd Change about MnOnline

  1. 1. 10 Things I’d Change About Minnesota Online
  2. 2. Honest Conversations <ul><li>Get on the Cluetrain </li></ul><ul><li>We need honest, unvarnished, and sometimes blunt conversations </li></ul><ul><li>As David Weinberger put it in Cluetrain, “Just about all the concessions we make to work in a well-run, non- disturbing, secure, predictably successful, managed environment have to do with giving up our voice.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. 10. Expectations for Interaction <ul><li>No independent study courses allowed </li></ul><ul><li>No electronic correspondence courses allowed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can offer them, but they won’t be part of Minnesota Online. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactivity among students and between student and instructor should be required. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. 9. Web Accessibility <ul><li>Require training for web accessibility for all faculty who teach in MnOnline. </li></ul><ul><li>We may need to hire an expert at the OOC who travels to campuses for training, creates online materials, and is the go-to person for all accessibility issues. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 8. Course Evaluations <ul><li>A common course evaluation instrument should be required for use in all MnOnline courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek a great deal of student input in designing the evaluation instrument. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose from the better practices already in existence for evaluation questions and format. </li></ul>
  6. 6. 7. Outcome Assessment <ul><li>We should have specific expectations for the documentation of student performance. </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment projects should be required, should be developed collaboratively, and the results should be shared, discussed, and analyzed. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 6. Tuition and Fees <ul><li>Establish three MnOnline tuition rates, one for each of the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All online courses at state colleges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All bachelors level online courses at state universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All graduate level courses at state universities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cost should not be a differentiating factor among courses at the same level. </li></ul>
  8. 8. 5. Class Scheduling <ul><li>Provide increased flexibility through a more coordinated approach to the scheduling of online classes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students want more choices in start dates and term length. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable a larger selection of courses that begin every month. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable a larger selection of courses with 4, 5, or 6 week terms. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. 4. Provide Better Information <ul><li>Provide more useful and thorough information for students and potential students to make informed choices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide template of course info required to be gathered and displayed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Synchronous requirements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Test proctoring or other required arrangements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special equipment or software </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group projects or other special activities </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. 3. Degree Offering <ul><li>Better enable students to “build-a-degree” within MnOnline </li></ul><ul><li>Especially for “generic” degrees such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A.A., A.F.A., Bachelor of Individualized Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Maybe these degrees should be awarded by MnSCU with courses offered from all participating schools </li></ul>
  11. 11. 2. Begin to Look Like a System <ul><li>Common MnOnline branding to complement institutional branding of courses </li></ul><ul><li>Shared or combined promotional efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Someone needs to be put in-charge of the Seamless project in order to git-r-done </li></ul><ul><li>Enable more sharing among MnOnline participating institutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing faculty appointments across institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing talented adjunct (temporary) faculty for online courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing seats and costs of delivery in certain online courses </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. 1. Make a Choice! <ul><li>Maybe schools should opt in or opt out? </li></ul><ul><li>Each school must decide whether they are going to be part of MnOnline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If not, then they cannot receive money, services, or other resources for online efforts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If so, then they have to follow certain guidelines and/or rules (such as 2-10 above). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MnOnline Rule #1: OBEY ALL RULES! (source: Barney Fife, 1962) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Agree or Disagree? <ul><li>What are your ideas for ways of improving the student experience in Minnesota Online? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we want to look like a system, or shall we give up the ghost? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we really start sharing resources and assets? </li></ul><ul><li>Compete or cooperate? </li></ul>

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