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Distance Learning and The Military


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Distance Learning and The Military

  1. 1. Protecting Our Country's Protectors: Distance Learning and the Military
  2. 2. Carolyn Baker U.S. Department of Defense Susan Huggins American Council on Education Michael Offerman Capella University Julie Porosky Hamlin MarylandOnline (Moderator)
  3. 3. THE SITUATION <ul><li>Higher education is big business for the U.S. military services. </li></ul><ul><li>In turn, the military services are big business for many higher education providers. </li></ul><ul><li>Now that entire degrees can be completed remotely through e-learning, quality control has become a challenge. </li></ul>
  4. 4. QUALITY ASSURANCE IN ONLINE LEARNING – A CHALLENGE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION Several approaches from several sources : <ul><li>Regional Accrediting Commissions (Interregional Guidelines) </li></ul><ul><li>Southern Regional Education Board (Criteria for Evaluating Online Courses) and SREB Electronic Campus (Principles of Good Practice) </li></ul><ul><li>Sloan Consortium (Pillars of Quality) </li></ul><ul><li>Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education & Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (Principles of Good Practice) </li></ul>
  5. 5. QUALITY ASSURANCE IN ONLINE LEARNING – A CHALLENGE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION More sources : <ul><li>American Distance Education Consortium (Guiding Principles) </li></ul><ul><li>American Council on Education (Distance Learning Principles) </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Matters Program </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Institutions' Rubrics & Best Practices </li></ul><ul><li>High School Initiatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National Education Association/Institute for Higher Education (Quality Benchmarks) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>North American Council for Online Learning (National Standards) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. ASSURING QUALITY IN DISTANCE LEARNING – AN EVEN BIGGER CHALLENGE FOR THE MILITARY Why military service members need protection when pursuing degrees through distance learning, and what the Department of Defense decided to do about this need. Carolyn Baker Chief of DoD Continuing Education Programs U.S. Department of Defense
  7. 7. THE DOD INITIATIVE IN CONTEXT How does the DoD initiative align with the priorities and efforts of the higher education community and its representative organizations? Susan Huggins Assistant Director of Program Evaluations American Council on Education
  8. 8. THE IMPACT OF THE DOD INITIATIVE ON COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES What would be the impact on military-serving colleges and universities if they were required to certify that their online programs meet the proposed DoD principles of good practice?  In what ways would the DoD principles support efforts by colleges and universities to ensure accountability and transparency in student learning outcomes? Michael Offerman President and CEO Capella University
  9. 9. <ul><li>Guiding Principles for Distance Learning Integrated in ACE Military Initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Susan Huggins, Assistant Director </li></ul><ul><li>Program Evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>One Dupont Circle, Suite 250 </li></ul><ul><li>Washington, DC 20036 </li></ul><ul><li>202-939-9794 </li></ul>Protecting Our Country ’ s Protectors: Distance Learning and the Military
  10. 10. What is ACE? <ul><li>American Council on Education </li></ul><ul><li>An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1918. </li></ul><ul><li>ACE provides a forum for the discussion and decision-making on education issues of national importance and seeks to coordinate the interests of all segments of the higher education community into a single voice. </li></ul><ul><li>Connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Center for Lifelong Learning Founded in 1942, the Center for Lifelong Learning pioneered the evaluation of education and training that occurs outside the classroom ( Military Programs Evaluation ). Guiding Philosophy “ WHAT an individual learns is more important than WHEN , WHERE , and HOW the individual learned it.”
  12. 12. Guiding Principles for Distance Learning Integrated in ACE Military Initiatives <ul><li>The rising intensity of technology combined with the growing interest in distance learning for servicemembers has resulted in the need to address quality as it relates to two primary initiatives at ACE, MIVER and Military Program Evaluations. </li></ul>
  13. 13. M I V E R <ul><li>Military Installation Voluntary Education Review (MIVER) coordinates military installation visits in cooperation with the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, as well as colleges and universities offering degree programs on military installations. The MIVER project has two purposes: </li></ul><ul><li>To assess the quality of selected on-base voluntary education programs. </li></ul><ul><li>To assist in the improvement of such education through appropriate recommendations to institutions and the military services </li></ul>
  14. 14. M I V E R <ul><li>MIVER operates according to the Principles of Good Practice for Voluntary Education Programs on Military Installations </li></ul><ul><li>Five Principles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission Statement & Command Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program Management & Leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voluntary Education Plan </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Military Evaluations Program <ul><li>The Military Evaluations Program provides institutions with a basis for recognizing military educational experiences in terms of civilian academic credit through the review of training and occupations. </li></ul><ul><li>The Principles of Good Practice have been incorporated in the foundation that supports course evaluations through: </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of faculty evaluators. </li></ul><ul><li>Assurance of appropriate courses </li></ul><ul><li>Applicability to traditional college courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a. learning outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>b. assessment measures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>c. translating the outcomes into collegiate learning </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Military Evaluations Program <ul><li>Selection of evaluators </li></ul><ul><li>Assurance of appropriate courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Applicability to traditional college courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a . learning outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>b. assessment measures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>c. translating the outcomes into collegiate learning </li></ul></ul>