Corritore Non-Academic Elements Online Learning


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This is a poster presentation at SLOAN 2009 entitled Non-Academic Elements of Higher Educatin: Can ONline Poster Ethical Development and Networking? given by C.L. Corritore, Creighton University.

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Corritore Non-Academic Elements Online Learning

  1. 1. Non-Academic Elements of Higher Education: Can Online Foster Ethical Development and Networking? <ul><li>Cynthia L. Corritore, Ph.D. College of Business Creighton University Omaha, NE </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  2. 2. Education - more than just content <ul><li>Ethical component </li></ul><ul><ul><li>in world of post-Enron, WorldCom, Arthur Anderson, Banking crisis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more than 90% of corporations have made ethics and ethical behavior one of their top priorities (Murphy 2003) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Education - more than just content <ul><li>Networking component </li></ul><ul><ul><li>T hink of the connections you will make with other students and important speakers and faculty (Harvard University, 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>it’s who you know, not what you know (unknown speaker) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. About us <ul><li>Creighton University is in the Jesuit system </li></ul><ul><li>College of Business in vibrant local business community </li></ul><ul><li>New online graduate business program (finance professionals) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Strategies <ul><li>employ structured online virtual experiences for Masters in Financial Analysis Program </li></ul><ul><li>utilize existing student social networking systems in new context of the program </li></ul><ul><li>incorporate successful strategies from Online Pharmacy PhD Program for ethical student development </li></ul>
  6. 6. Timeline
  7. 7. Networking <ul><li>create a virtual place that students can meet in, work in, connect in, socialize in. </li></ul><ul><li>interact with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>other students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>business alum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>business persons from community </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Networking <ul><li>develop social network systems for program that fits current use set of students </li></ul><ul><li>interact with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>other students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>business alum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>business persons from community </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Stage 1 <ul><li>lease space in academic social setting within Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>neighborhood important </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>create relaxed environment with learning spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><li>find a contractor to develop the space </li></ul><ul><li>survey current CFA students about current social networking usage </li></ul>
  10. 10. Stage 2 <ul><li>develop the SL space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>landscape - ambiance? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>outdoor furniture, signage and layout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>media-enhanced widgets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>party planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>create artifacts (give-away t-shirts, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>develop social network systems as indicated by survey </li></ul>
  11. 11. Stage 3 <ul><li>run an SL pilot with real graduate students </li></ul><ul><li>run social network pilots with real graduate students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use Contextual Design to identify problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>create/locate instructional video snippets to address problems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>refine as needed </li></ul>
  12. 12. Stage 4 <ul><li>CFA student orientation to SL </li></ul><ul><li>CFA faculty orientation to SL </li></ul><ul><li>Host two events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet and Greet at beginning of term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Basketball Game Get-Together </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Stage 5 <ul><li>Evaluation Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestion box </li></ul>
  14. 14. Progress to date <ul><li>Currently at Stage 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>space leased </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>contractor hired and working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>survey being administered </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Investigating streaming a live Creighton University basketball game </li></ul>
  15. 15. Next step? <ul><li>Ethics component </li></ul><ul><ul><li>implement second as students have a required Business Ethics course in the meantime </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Supported by Creighton University Department of Information Technology