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10 Things I'd Change about MnOnline

10 Things I'd Change about MnOnline



Slides from a presentation I gave at the MnSCU CAO/Dean/CSSO meetings at Cragun's in October 2006.

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