Online Education for International Exchange

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Online Education for International Exchange

  1. 1. Leveraging Online Education for “International Exchange” of Part-Time Students WCET Annual Conference 23 October 2009
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Motivations </li></ul><ul><li>Partner Selection </li></ul><ul><li>Agreement Specifics </li></ul><ul><li>Development and Promotion </li></ul><ul><li>First-Hand Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Current Status / Future Plans </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introductions <ul><li>Lee Freeman, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Associate Dean of Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Associate Professor of MIS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Alessandro Odorico </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Manager Special Bids at Telecom Italia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program graduate in July 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. COB Online Courses <ul><li>Started in 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>100% online </li></ul><ul><li>Students represent: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>28+ states </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>14+ countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nearly every industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nearly all levels of organizations </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Motivations <ul><li>Part-time MBA students with full-time jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Global business management issues </li></ul><ul><li>One of the first fully web-based MBA programs in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>International partnerships in place </li></ul><ul><li>Our attempt to develop our existing partnership into something much larger and more sustainable by using distance learning </li></ul>
  6. 6. Partner Selection <ul><li>Traditional university partnerships in Northern Italy for several years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student exchanges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curricular development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Similar student profiles for better match </li></ul><ul><li>Fondazione CUOA (University Centre for Business Administration), Vicenze, Italy </li></ul>
  7. 7. Agreement Specifics <ul><li>Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Timelines </li></ul><ul><li>Certificate </li></ul>
  8. 8. Development – Course Refreshes <ul><li>Six-month maintenance and update process </li></ul><ul><li>Highlights: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear organization and directions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear expectations for participation and assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved sense of community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved interactivity and engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time-zone (international) friendly! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Development – Expectations <ul><li>Stay current </li></ul><ul><li>Share thoughts and opinions </li></ul><ul><li>Complete work on time </li></ul><ul><li>Be an active participant </li></ul><ul><li>Be responsive </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest and ethical </li></ul><ul><li>Be autonomous </li></ul>
  10. 10. Development – Training <ul><li>On-site training </li></ul><ul><li>Full binder with screenshots </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A about… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course set-up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedagogical differences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worries and concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accounts and system access </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Development – Help and Support <ul><li>Extensive communication with helpdesk and other support personnel/providers </li></ul><ul><li>Full access to all support functions </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students to work with instructor </li></ul><ul><li>On-location contact with partner </li></ul>
  12. 12. Development – Administration <ul><li>Timelines </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Student status </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tuition and fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accounts and access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Registrar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul>
  13. 13. Program Promotion <ul><li>CUOA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New program of part-time students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Required participation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UM-D </li></ul><ul><ul><li>None needed; courses are regular part of program </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. First-Hand Experiences <ul><li>Pre-course preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Coursework </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural differences </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange of ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages to part-time students </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptions of peers </li></ul>
  15. 15. Current Status / Future Plans <ul><li>Winter 2008 was first semester </li></ul><ul><li>Third cohort in winter 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Expand the program geographically </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pacific Rim </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South America </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expand the program structurally </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More courses to choose from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More semesters to enroll in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More courses taken per student </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Questions??? <ul><li>Please feel free to ask any questions… now or in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Lee Freeman </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1-313-593-5248 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Alessandro Odorico </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thank you for your time and attention! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Profiles of Partner Institutions <ul><li>The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Business is an AACSB accredited institution with a full-time faculty of 50. The College of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with concentrations in Accounting, Finance, MIS, Marketing, Management, Supply Chain Management, and Human Resource Management. Additionally, eight graduate degrees including an MBA, an MS-Finance (Dearborn and Hong Kong campuses), an MS-Accounting, an MS-Information Systems, and 4 dual/interdisciplinary degrees are offered. Current enrollments are 1350+ undergraduate and nearly 600 graduate students. Over 110 graduate students from 28 states and 14 countries are completing their MBA and MS-Finance degrees fully online. </li></ul><ul><li>The CUOA Foundation is a management school that operates at the national and international levels. Founded in 1957 as a post-graduate training school, it is one of the most active centers in Italy for the development and promotion of managerial and entrepreneurial skills in the private and public sectors. </li></ul>

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