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LMS sharing/cross registration of online courses by UMassOnline (public) & Emmanuel College (private)

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For excellence and access, both public and private institutions are motivated to provide new online formats. These mandate new relationships, structures and processes for all institutions. …

For excellence and access, both public and private institutions are motivated to provide new online formats. These mandate new relationships, structures and processes for all institutions. Establishing an effective infrastructure can be daunting for smaller schools and programs. This session will explore ways to expand instructional technologies in partnership with other institutions.
The session will describe collaboration for Learning Management System (LMS) sharing and course sharing that is cost effective and scalable. It extends the academic capacity of each participating school and faculty. UMassOnline created a model of LMS sharing for colleges and universities across Massachusetts. Through this system, Massachusetts’ state institutions produced many online courses. In its latest model to extend a vision for LMS sharing, UMassOnline is a resource for LMS sharing with the Colleges of the Fenway of Boston, Massachusetts.
The Colleges of the Fenway are 6 institutions (5 private & 1 public), bordering the Longwood Medical and Academic Area of Boston, Massachusetts. These six institutions are independent yet work in consortium. The Colleges of the Fenway selected UMassOnline for LMS sharing. One of these six schools, Emmanuel College, a Catholic liberal arts college, will explain its partnership decisions for online courses with cross registration using LMS sharing with UMassOnline. Impact can be demonstrated by Emmanuel College’s liberal arts online courses in summer terms.

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  • 1. Sloan-C International Conference LMS sharing / Cross Registration of online courses by UMassOnline (public) & Emmanuel College (private) Ken Udas, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer UMassOnline kudas@umassonline.net Judith Marley, Ed.D. Dean, Graduate and Professional Programs Associate Professor of Education Emmanuel College marleju@emmanuel.edu Session: Thursday, October 29, 1:40-2:15pm, Session 3 - Room: Bonaire 8
  • 2. Agenda • Overview / Introduction of presenters (5 min.) • Demand for innovation, access, excellence – the common need (5 min.) • Background for Partnering (5 min.) • UMassOnline’s Strategic Interest (5 min.) • Strategy Behind the Partnering: Emmanuel College/6 Colleges • Q & A (5 min.)
  • 3. Overview / Introduction of Presenters Innovation / Access Practitioners / Relationship building Public / Private collaborations Workforce development Continuing Education / Public Impact Marley Udas 15 years of experience in distance education 15 years public K-12 • Newly arrived at • 11 years private UMassOnline Higher Ed. (3 • Penn State, SUNY institutions) Learning Network • Administrator and faculty member
  • 4. Demand for Innovation, Access, Excellence: The Common Need • New economic conditions have impacted healthy program areas • Competitive environment has shifted - for profits with market share / lower margins • The internet has changed the way prospective students evaluate degree programs • Students are demanding higher levels of service and access • Competition means strong instruction AND more flexible formats and IT costs A dilemma for small schools – and an opportunity for large providers with LMS capacity
  • 5. Background for Partnering • UMassOnline with the Colleges of the Fenway (plus other institutions in the Commonwealth) • Colleges of the Fenway—6 institutions in the same neighborhood of Boston, MA with a History of shared interests and services. Who are the Colleges of the Fenway • Emmanuel College (private) • Simmons College (private) • Mass College of Pharmacy (private) • Wentworth Institute of Art (private) • Wheelock College (private) • Mass College of Art (public)
  • 6. UMassOnline’s Strategic Interest • LMS is of enterprise level—can be scaled to serve many learners • Distribution of costs • Costs to partner institutions based on usage • Long term interest is building upon this model for programming and services to students
  • 7. UMassOnline IS UMass UMassOnline Advances the UMass Mission To: • Increase student access and success • Meet state, national and international needs • Attract students outside the traditional service area • Reduce or contain costs for the 5 campuses • Grow professional or continuing education • Increase the rate of degree completion • Improve student retention • Enhance brand of the university • Increase diversity of student/alumni population • Serve the Commonwealth
  • 8. UMassOnline & Hosted Institutions Colleges of the Fenway (6) • Emmanuel College (private) • Simmons College (private) • Mass College of Pharmacy (private) • Wentworth Institute of Art (private) • Wheelock College (private) • Mass College of Art (public) Salem State College Quinsigamond Community College Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Bunker Hill Community College Westfield State College
  • 9. Emmanuel College Small/Private (Catholic), Boston, MA • Emmanuel College is a coed institution rooted in the Catholic academic tradition. • The main campus sits on 17 acres in Boston’s Longwood Medical and Academic area. • We are one of 6 Colleges of the Fenway • We have a partnership/ 75-yr. land rental with MERCK • We frame our liberal arts programs on ethics, diversity and globalization. • Unique capacity internally--- 2/3 traditional age Arts and Sciences students. 1/3 adult professional PT students in management, nursing and education • Cross registration for undergraduate full-time students
  • 10. The Strategy Behind the Partnering: Emmanuel College • Stronger position with pedagogy via new forms of faculty development • Increased opportunities for interdisciplinary courses for a small college • Ability to serve via online courses, both continuing education / adult students and Arts and Sciences students • Cross registration for liberal arts online courses with the 6 other Colleges of the Fenway More access, ability to attract and retain, ability to increase enrollment in liberal arts undergraduate online courses. New programs and revenue in the continuing education through delivery of online programs rooted in LMA relationships (ex. New Graduate programs in Research Administration).
  • 11. The utilization of the partnership strategy Emmanuel/Online Summer 2008 • Emmanuel College launched its first seven online courses • Instructor-led asynchronous courses developed by full-time Arts and Sciences faculty members • Contracted instructional designers, followed by FT instructional designer hired • Launch at Emmanuel assisted by friends at Boston University Summer 2009 • Three additional undergraduate and two graduate courses were built • All online courses were open to cross-registration of Colleges of the Fenway students (6 area colleges, existing cross-registration structures) • Online courses are available to adult part-time students, and Arts and Sciences full-time students. Fall 2009 • Launch of 6-course online graduate certificate in Research Administration to a national audience (after 1- year pilot of curriculum in face to face format for Longwood Medical Area employees).
  • 12. Summer Enrollment ‘08 & ‘09 Comparison Source: Colleges of the Fenway (CoF) Versus Emmanuel College (EC) 180 165 160 140 135 120 111 100 97 EC 80 71 111 EC CoF 60 EC 80 EC 40 63 54 EC 20 CoF CoF 24 17 8 0 Sum 1 Sum 1 Sum 2 Sum 2 2008 2009 2008 2009
  • 13. Summer Enrollment ‘08 & ‘09 Comparison Delivery Method: Online (OL) Versus Face to Face (F2F) 180 165 160 140 135 74 120 OL 100 97 28 93 80 OL 71 OL 60 35 91 OL 40 69 F2F 36 42 20 F2F F2F F2F 0 Sum 1 Sum 1 Sum 2 Sum 2 2008 2009 2008 2009
  • 14. Questions and Answers Discussion Suggestion / Comments Other Models?