Porto USDLA'2009 Presentation

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Presentation at USDLA about the Master of Distance Education international partnership. The lessons learned and the challenges of an international collaboration in higher-education.

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Porto USDLA'2009 Presentation

  1. 1. Managing a successful international partnership in Distance Education Dr. Stella Porto Master of Distance Education Graduate School of Management & Technology University of Maryland University College
  2. 2. Overview •  The partners   UMUC   Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg •  The MDE   Past   Present •  Managing the partnership   Course development   Course delivery   Student support/services   Faculty support/services   Research •  The Synergy •  Final remarks
  3. 3. Master of Distance Education: partnership
  4. 4. Online enrollment > 177,000 > 100 degree programs fully online Head count > 86,000 2nd largest state institution in the US Enrollment > 272,000
  5. 5. Context and landscape Oldenburg
  6. 6. Context and landscape Oldenburg
  7. 7. Context and landscape Oldenburg
  8. 8. Context and landscape Oldenburg
  9. 9. Context and landscape Oldenburg
  10. 10. Context and landscape Oldenburg
  11. 11. The Master of Distance Education: Past •  The creation of the program   Natural fit for UMUC: practical leadership in DE translated into theoretical leadership   Historical accident: Two experts with a common project funded by AT&T grant - “The Virtual Seminar”   Seminar delivered online for professional development in DE
  12. 12. The Master of Distance Education: Past •  Advantages of this historical ‘accident’…   Quick ‘time to market’   Trust among partners   Test bed with a network of experts   International dimension   Quality beyond regular graduate programs   Visiting experts   Research   Faculty development
  13. 13. The Master of Distance Education: Present
  14. 14. The Master of Distance Education: Present - Mission Corporate Training & Learning Faculty Media & Support technology Distance Education Instruction Higher Design & Education Support Leaders & Managers
  15. 15. The Master of Distance Education: Focus •  Core competencies   Managing the distance education system in a variety of settings   Planning, budgeting, development, delivery, and support of distance education and distance training programs •  Target Audience   Potential managers of the distance education enterprise in:   Educational organizations   Corporate / Business   Government & Military   Non-profit and associations •  Entirely online for part-time working adults •  International •  Collaborative
  16. 16. The Master of Distance Education Present - Curriculum Core DE Foundations: systems view, technology, online teaching & learning, costing and student support Technology Teaching & Training Policy & Management Leadership Instructional Design Leadership Instructional Design Library & Copyright DE Systems Multimedia Assessment Library & Copyright Globalization & Multimedia Assessment Development Distance Training DE Business Advanced Technologies Virtual K-12 Globalization & Internet Technologies Development Capstone : E-portfolio & Research Project
  17. 17. Managing Partnership: Course development •  UMUC •  Oldenburg   DE Technologies   Foundations   Training at a distance   Costing and Budgeting   DE in K-12   Learner support   Library and copyright   Multimedia in DE   Instructional design   Assessment   Leadership   Globalization and   DE systems development   Business in DE
  18. 18. Managing Partnership: Course development •  UMUC •  Oldenburg   DE Technologies   Foundations   Training at a distance   Costing and Budgeting   DE in K-12   Learner support   Library and copyright   Multimedia in DE   Instructional design   Assessment   Leadership   Globalization and   DE systems development   Business in DE Each partner is responsible for the development of its share of courses, and owns the decisions of staffing the course every time it offered
  19. 19. Managing Partnership: Course delivery
  20. 20. Managing Partnership: Course delivery UMUC is the responsible partner for all of course delivery functions: - IT infrastructure & support -  Operational teaching & learning support (other than faculty staffing) - Digital library & copyright support
  21. 21. Managing Partnership: Student support
  22. 22. Managing Partnership: Student support UMUC is the responsible partner for all* of student support functions: - Graduate advising - Admissions, registering, financial aid… - Applying for graduation, diplomas & certificates… -  Self services through portal
  23. 23. Managing Partnership: Faculty support
  24. 24. Managing Partnership: Faculty support UMUC is the responsible partner for all* of faculty support functions: - Faculty services - Faculty training - Faculty assessment
  25. 25. Managing Partnership: Research The 13 volumes already developed will be soon available in e-book format. Books are adopted as part of several courses. Several edited with contributions with many experts in DE
  26. 26. Synergy: International faculty & visiting experts
  27. 27. The Synergy •  Technological infrastructure •  Organizational support Communication •  Leadership support Diversity •  Support and training Recognition & Value in DE infrastructure Quality Autonomy Faculty development •  Research •  Historical involvement in DE •  Network of experts
  28. 28. The Synergy: Community information
  29. 29. The Synergy: Community knowledge
  30. 30. The Synergy: Community building
  31. 31. The Synergy: Faculty Sharing
  32. 32. Final remarks: Challenges & opportunities & must do’s •  Continuous communication •  Coordination of functions •  Recognition & effective use of cultural differences •  Managing and supporting faculty •  Effective use of resources •  Maintaining dependability and trust •  Shared decision making (accepting organizational limitations) •  Shared responsibility •  Shared values (student-centered mission) •  Continuous communication again
  33. 33. Final remarks: Latest and future •  Extension of the collaboration   Dual degrees   Oldenburg PhD option   Partnering with international programs in smaller scale •  Potential greater internationalization of the student body   Bologna process •  Greater interest in the partnership at the leadership level •  Community building efforts •  Student and graduate involvement
  34. 34. Thank you… Contact: sporto@umuc.edu Don’t forget the evaluation forms!

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